UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK produced a strong second-half performance to get the better of Waterford at Carriganore.
In the absence of the recently retired John Mullane, Waterford's forward line misfired and hit 13 wides. They also spurned three goal opportunities and missed a second-half penalty.
The Deise's Shane O'Sullivan struck four first-half points and Richie Foley chipped in with three. Kieran Morris and Eamonn Murphy kept the students in touch, before they struck for a goal on 32 minutes through Paul Kelly to lead by 1-8 to 0-11 at half-time.
With Morris accurate from frees, the students held a 1-15 to 0-15 lead entering the final quarter. Despite the best efforts of O'Sullivan and Seamus Prendergast, Waterford struggled for scores and Jake Dillon blasted a 54th-minute penalty over the bar. The students piled on the scores in the last 10 minutes and will face Clare in the last eight next weekend.
Scorers – UL: K Morris 0-7 (6f), E Murphy 0-4, P Kelly 1-0, D Butler, A Ryan 0-2, S Golden, P Walsh, T Heffernan, C Ryan, B Stapleton 0-1 each. Waterford: S O'Sullivan 0-6 (2f, 1 '65'), J Dillon (2f, 1 pen), R Foley 0-3 each, S Prendergast 0-2, K Moran, S Walsh, J Barron, G O'Brien (f) 0-1 each
UL – N McGrath; M Carmody, M Walsh, P Ryan; T Ryan, G Brennan, J Gallagher; S Golden, P Walsh; D Butler, A Ryan, J Fitzgibbon; K Morris, P Kelly, E Murphy. Subs: P Stapleton for T Ryan (45), B Stapleton for Fitzgibbon (51), T Heffernan for Kelly (59), C Ryan for Butler (59)
Waterford – S O'Keeffe; S Daniels, L Lawlor, N Connors; P Prendergast, M Walsh, K Moran; R Foley, S O'Sullivan; D Twomey, S Prendergast, R Barry; J Dillon, S Walsh, J Barron. Subs: K Fitzgerald for S Walsh (h-t), G O'Brien for Barron (45), J Nagle for P Prendergast (51), E Madigan for Barry (58), M O'Neill for Twomey (64). Ref – F Horgan (Tipperary)