Saturday 20 December 2014

Treaty can make most of second chance in Munster minor final

Published 22/07/2014 | 02:30

Andy Molumby, Waterford, in action against Colin Ryan, Limerick.  The two sides will compete again tonight in a replay to decide who emerges as Munster minor champions.  Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Andy Molumby, Waterford, in action against Colin Ryan, Limerick. The two sides will compete again tonight in a replay to decide who emerges as Munster minor champions. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

For the second year in a row, these two sides need a replay to see who emerges as Munster minor champions.

However, the tables were turned in the drawn game when Waterford's late rally saw them secure a replay.

Twelve months ago, it was Limerick who finished strongest to earn a second bite at the cherry and eventually secure provincial honours.

And despite failing to hold on to a three-point lead in injury-time, Limerick are warm favourites to get the job done this time around.

They had actually opened up a seven-point gap in the drawn game and looked set to retain their title before the Deise's stirring comeback.

Losing at this stage last year saw Waterford regroup and eventually emerge as All-Ireland champions and Patrick Curran and Shane Bennett will be again expected to do the bulk of the scoring for the Deise if they are to go through the front door on this occasion.

Tonight's final takes on added significance as the losers will have little time to regroup as they will return to Thurles to face Dublin on Sunday while the winners will advance to an All-Ireland semi-final.

Limerick look like they are equipped to take the direct route.

MUNSTER MHC FINAL REPLAY

(Extra-time if necessary)

Limerick v Waterford (Semple Stadium, 7.30pm)

Referee: J McCormack (Tipperary)

Odds: Limerick 4/7, Waterford 13/8, Draw 9/1

Verdict: Limerick

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