Thursday 8 December 2016

The game at a glance

Published 13/06/2011 | 05:00

Donal O'Grady (Limerick): Each side had two-goal heroes but the performance of midfielder O'Grady can't be overlooked. As well as providing lots of good possession to his attack, he also scored three points from play.

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Turning point

None. The game pulsed all the way to the finish line with the minimum separating the sides at the end of an absorbing encounter.

Talking point

The performance of two U-21 stars who were making their senior championship debuts. Kevin Downes scored 2-1 for Limerick, while Pauric Mahony landed 0-7 for Waterford, 0-3 from open play.

Ref watch

Barry Kelly handled the game well. He allowed it to flow, giving the benefit of the doubt to the player in possession. which was sensible in the slippy conditions.

What they said

Davy Fitzgerald

(Waterford manager):

"We were in control of that game twice, but let Limerick back into it. I'd be disappointed with the goals we gave away, but we showed great determination every time Limerick put it up to us. Have we a lot of work to do? We sure have."

Donal O'Grady

(Limerick manager)

"It's always tough to lose a game to a late goal, but you have to give Waterford credit. I thought we were almost there when we stopped the Eoin Kelly free, but they got one more chance and took it. It's disappointing to lose like that, but our lads gave it everything which is all you can ask for."

Match statistics

Wides: Limerick 11 (7); Waterford

10 (4).

Frees: Limerick 12 (7); Waterford

14 (8).

Yellow cards: Limerick 3 (D Reale 8, W McNamara 17, G O'Mahony 27); Waterford 3 (S Walsh 29, W Hutchinson 52, S O'Sullivan 55).

Attendance: 15,650.

What next?

Waterford play Clare or Tipperary in the Munster final on July 10; Limerick play in phase two of the qualifiers on July 2.

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