The game at a glance
Ian Ryan (Limerick): The corner-forward was back to his brilliant best in a scintillating display. The quality of ball in was superb and Ryan made hay with some magnificent points. And he improvised brilliantly to boot home his first-half goal.
On four occasions during the second half, Offaly moved within two points before Ger Collins finally killed them off with six minutes to go. Joe Quinn's error allowed Collins a clear run on goal and he made no mistake.
Limerick had a real point to prove after their whipping by Kerry and they responded with a hugely spirited performance that left manager Maurice Horan with tears in his eyes.
Waterford referee Maurice Condon issued just two yellow cards and kept the free count to a minimum, with just 26 awarded.
What they said
Maurice Horan (Limerick manager):
"We listened to five weeks of criticism about not having enough heart and a very insipid display against Kerry. We had to come up with something today."
Tom Cribbin (Offaly manager):
"I don't want to make a rash decision and do something that I might regret. It's more appropriate to talk to the county board and get the feedback from the public and the players."
Wides: Limerick 11 (5); Offaly 15 (10)
Frees: Limerick 10 (5); Offaly 16 (10)
Yellow cards: Limerick 1 (J McCarthy 47); Offaly 1 (K Casey 65)
Attendance: 10,000 (estimate)
Limerick play Waterford in the third round of the qualifiers on Saturday. Offaly's season is over.