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Limerick ease past Déise for spot in decider

Limerick progressed to their second successive Munster SFC final as they ended the hopes of 13-man Waterford with a 1-17 to 1-9 victory in Dungarvan yesterday.

Waterford midfielder Tommy Prendergast earned a straight red card for a stray elbow on Jim O'Donovan in the 13th minute, and the Déise's captain Tony Grey was also dismissed for his second booking in the dying minutes.

Ger Collins and Gary Hurney swapped goals as Limerick built a 1-8 to 1-4 half-time lead, with the home side working hard to keep in contention.

Robert Ahearne and Grey led Waterford's fightback as they got back within three points, but Ian Ryan, Stephen Kelly and substitute Conor Fitzgerald helped Limerick stretch clear and secure their place in the July 4 decider.


Limerick had a tighter grasp on midfield with Stephen Lavin sweeping up as the spare man, and full-back Johnny McCarthy was unfortunate not to finish off a powerful run with a point.

A fisted point from Ian Ryan made it 1-6 to 1-2 and Limerick maintained that four-point lead up to half-time, with Kelly and Lavin adding late points.

Waterford's fortunes improved before the break and they had to, with Limerick showing signs of pulling away.

The Déise ended an 18-minute scoreless spell when Grey pointed and they closed out the first half's scoring with Wall's second pointed free.

The pace slackened in the second period, given the sweltering heat, but 14-man Waterford were still hanging in there as Limerick blundered in front of goal, hitting six wides in the opening 13 minutes of the half.

That was the signal for Limerick to up their game and they hit three scores in quick succession.

Certainly, improvements will have to be made if they are to annex their first Munster title since 1896, but as we have already seen this weekend, anything is possible in Championship football.