Lyons piles praise on Deise 'honesty' effort as Limerick denied
Limerick 3-14 Waterford 2-17 - MUNSTER MHC FINAL
An injury-time goal from sub Shane Ryan earned All-Ireland champions Waterford a draw with Limerick at Pairc Ui Chaoimh yesterday.
Ryan's goal, a fine finish from a great Cormac Curran flick, capped a brilliant final-quarter comeback by the Deise, who outscored their opponents by 2-2 to 0-1 from the 46th minute.
Manager Derek Lyons was delighted with the spirit shown in securing a replay in Thurles on July 22, the second year in a row that the counties have drawn the provincial final. "Honesty, it's just about honesty, that's all we ask out of these lads and they gave it today in abundance, every one of them," he said.
"It's an area of the Waterford game that has been criticised in the past, that we don't have the heart or the bottle, but by God these lads have it."
Despite playing into the wind, Limerick began the first half in impressive fashion, with Ronan Lynch the stand-out player as they moved into a 0-6 to 0-3 lead inside 11 minutes. Shane Bennett pointed in response for Waterford but Barry Nash then struck for Limerick's first goal.
Again Waterford came back well, but seven minutes before half-time Tom Morrissey put Limerick 2-7 to 0-7 ahead when slamming home a rebound from Edward Doyle's shot.
By this stage though Waterford had found their feet, Patrick Curran and Aaron O'Sullivan getting some good scores, and they had pulled back to trail by two, 2-8 to 0-12, when Andy Molumby was fouled for a 29th-minute penalty.
Bennett's shot was kept out by a brilliant Eoghan McNamara save however and Limerick made the most of that let-off as they roared into the second half. Ronan Lynch, Peter Casey and Morrissey all got points before their third goal put them 3-11 to 0-14 ahead.
Casey scored that, but it was Morrissey's wonderful handpass to set it up which was the key element, and then Nash's free to put them seven points up and seemingly safe.
Waterford refused to yield though and Bennett and Curran pointed before the latter's goal gave them hope. He was wide with another chance but Bennett drew them to within three and Ryan had the final say. Limerick manager Brian Ryan accepted that his side could have lost.
"I suppose we were lucky in the end because they could have pipped it," he said.
Scorers – Limerick: R Lynch 0-5 (2fs), B Nash (0-1f), P Casey 1-2 each, T Morrissey 1-1, S Flanagan 0-2, C Lynch, E Doyle 0-1 each. Waterford: P Curran 0-7 (6fs), S Bennett 0-4 (1f, 1 s/l), S Ryan, C Curran 1-0 each, A Molumby, P Hogan, A O'Sullivan 0-2 each
LIMERICK – E McNamara; S Finn, P O'Loughlin, J Porter; L Lyons, C Ryan, A La Touche Cosgrave; R Hanley, R Lynch; S Flanagan, B Nash, C Lynch; P Casey, T Morrissey, C Fitzgerald. Subs: E Doyle for Fitzgerald (20), D Fanning for Lyons (53), B Ryan for Hanley (56).
WATERFORD – B Nolan; D Prendergast, MJ Sutton, M Cronin; C Prunty, C Roche, J Mullaney; D Lyons, A Molumby; S Bennett, C Gleeson, C Curran; P Hogan, A O'Sullivan, P Curran. Subs: E Meaney for O'Sullivan (51), J Allen for Molumby (55), S Ryan for P Curran (59).
Ref – D Fox (Clare).