Limerick boys are kings of Munster after epic battle
Published 11/08/2016 | 02:30
Limerick claimed a dramatic win in the Fred Daly Trophy Munster final, but it took a titanic effort from Ross Fitzgerald to kill off Waterford Castle's Brian Sheridan at the 19th and seal a 3-2 win.
The action took place at Newcastle West, where Waterford Castle beat Ballybunion at the 19th and Limerick edged out Munster champions Mallow 3.5-1.5 in their respective semi-finals.
However, it was even tighter for Limerick in the final, which began with Waterford Castle's Andrew Mulhall beating Sean Enright on the 16th.
Connacht Boys champion Ciaran Vaughan beat Ryan O'Connor to level the scores, before wins for Waterford Castle's Jack Power and Limerick's Morgan Hanley left the title hinging on the final match.
Anchor man Fitzgerald was three up playing the 15th, but Sheridan put in a great performance to keep the match alive, winning the 15th and 16th to reduce the deficit to one hole.
After a great putt on the 17th for a half, he calmly rolled a seven-footer on the last to take the match down the 19th, but then lost a ball with his approach to the par five first. His second shot flirted with the out of bounds on the left and despite an extensive search, the ball couldn't be found.
Limerick now go on to the All- Ireland finals in Galway in two weeks, where they will face the Leinster champions Kilkenny in the semi-finals.
Fred Daly Trophy, Newcastle West
Waterford Castle 3-2 Ballybunion
Andrew Mulhall lost to Ronan Cross 3&2
Ryan O'Connor lost to Iarla O'Mahony 2&1
Jack Power beat Jordan Ryan 19th
Jody Walsh beat Philip Byrne 4&3
Brian Sheridan beat Tom McKeon 3&1
Limerick 3.5-1.5 Mallow
Ciaran Vaughan halved with Adam Boland (called in)
Sean Enright beat Greg Barrett 3&2
Morgan Hanley lost to Edward Walsh 4&3
Luke O'Brien beat Liam Dowling 3&2
Ross Fitzgerald beat Daniel O'Sullivan 3&2
Limerick 3-2 Waterford Castle
Sean Enright lost to Andrew Mulhall 4&2
Ciaran Vaughan beat Ryan O'Connor 4&2
Luke O'Brien lost to Jack Power 5&4
Morgan Hanley beat Jody Walsh 5&4
Ross Fitzgerald beat Brian Sheridan 19th hole.