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Late flurry gets Déise over line

Waterford 2-17 Limerick 1-13

Sean Finn of Limerick in action against DJ Foran of Waterford during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 4 match between Limerick and Waterford at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo: Sportsfile
Sean Finn of Limerick in action against DJ Foran of Waterford during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 4 match between Limerick and Waterford at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo: Sportsfile

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A late flurry of scores saw Waterford come out victorious against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds.

Goals from David Byrne and Gavin Corbett in added time saw Waterford to a win they just about deserved.

A splendid Cathal O'Neill effort from the right wing had levelled the game but Jamie Power's point and two goals in a minute saw Waterford home.

After a stunning comeback against Tipperary in their previous game Waterford were full of confidence and they led by two points at the end of the first quarter.

A fine Cormac Ryan strike cut the lead to the bare minimum but Gary Morahan's side hit back with three on the bounce from Oisin O'Ceallaigh and two from Caolan MacCraith, including a sublime sideline cut.

The second half was a more even affair with O'Neill's goal bringing Limerick back into the contest in the final 10 minutes, but Waterford deserved their second win of the championship.

Peter Duggan of Clare shoots to score the match winning point during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 4 match between Tipperary and Clare at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo: Sportsfile
Peter Duggan of Clare shoots to score the match winning point during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 4 match between Tipperary and Clare at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo: Sportsfile

SCORERS - Waterford: M Kiely (3fs, 1 65), C MacCraith (1 s/l) 0-5 each; J Power 0-3; D Byrne, G Corbett 1-0 each; O O'Ceallaigh 0-2; C Kavanagh, S Fitzgerald 0-1 each. Limerick: C O'Neill 1-4 (3fs); B Purcell 0-3; P Kirby and B O'Connor 0-2 each, C Ryan and M Martin 0-1 each.

WATERFORD - D Beecher; J O'Floinn, C Wadding, R Furlong; J Power, G Fives, R Tierney; K Mahony, M Kiely; C Keating, C Kavanagh, T Loftus; O O'Ceallaigh, C MacCraith, A Organ. Subs: S Fitzgerald for Tierney (h-t), P Leevy for Loftus (h-t), D Byrne for Kavanagh (42), G Corbett for Organ (48), T Gallagher for O'Ceallaigh (59).

LIMERICK - B Heavey; P Harnett, B Herlihy, M Keane; E O'Mahony, E McEvoy, J Nicholas; P Kirby, B O'Connor; D Hegarty, C Ryan, C O'Neill; C Coughlan, B Purcell, B Nix. Subs: K O'Donnell for Herlihy (26), D O'Leary for Coughlan (28), M Martin for Hegarty (42), D Kennedy for O'Donnell (54).

REF - S Stokes (Cork)

Tipp's progress still in others' hands

A burst of late scores gave Tipperary a much-needed win and just about kept their Munster minor hurling campaign alive.

The lead changed hands several times during a tense second half but the young Tipp team finished with 1-2 without reply, even after corner-back Conor O'Dwyer was sent off for two yellow card offences.

Max Hackett put Tipp in front in the 59th minute and the brilliant Sean Hayes finished the contest in injury time with a solo run and shot from a Mikey O'Shea pass, with sub Jack Morrissey finishing the scoring.

Tipp are now level with Limerick and Clare in the round-robin and will need other results to go their way next weekend to stay in the competition.

The Banner's first half goal was an unstoppable shot from Mark Rodgers after he took a delivery from the left wing, turned and pulled the trigger.

SCORERS - Tipperary: J Devaney 0-7 (6fs, 1 '65'), C O'Farrell, S Hayes 1-1 each, M Hackett, D Ryan 0-2 each, J Morrissey 0-1. Clare: K Guyler 0-7 (6fs), M Rodgers 1-1, W Halpin 0-2, C Hegarty, D Healy ('65') 0-1.

TIPPERARY - A Browne, C O'Dwyer, C Whelan, K Hayes, J Ryan, F Purcell, S Phelan, M Hackett, J Campion, S Hayes, C O'Farrell, K O'Kelly, D Ryan, R Renehan, J Devaney. Subs: J Morrissey for Campion (35), M O'Shea for O'Kelly (49), K Maher for Renehan (55), D Flood for O'Farrell (60), S Hayes for Phelan (62)

CLARE - C O'Brien; J Enright, A Mungovan, M Gough; J Griffin, D McMahon, D Healy; A Moriarty, T Butler; W Halpin, G O'Grady, R Mounsey; M Rodgers, K Guyler, S Meehan. Subs: C Hegarty for Meehan (42), F Slattery for Butler (49), J Brack for O'Grady (51)

REF - M Sexton (Limerick)

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