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PHOTOS Limerick through to 2024 Munster Final with commanding victory over Waterford

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GAA Limerick Vs Waterford, TUS Gaelic Grounds, May 26, 2024. Picture: ilovelimerick. Limerick will face Clare in the 2024 Munster Final on Sunday, June 9 in Semple Stadium, a repeat of last year’s final.

Limerick display their dominance with a commanding 0-30 to 2-14 victory over Waterford despite a late Déise push, sending Limerick through to the 2024 Munster Hurling Championship Final

Aaron Gillane scored 0-7 on the day from frees. Photo: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick
Aaron Gillane scored 0-7 on the day from frees. Photo: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick

Limerick solidified their place in the 2024 Munster Championship Final with a 10-point victory over Waterford at the TUS Gaelic Grounds on Sunday, May 26.

Coming into the game knowing a win would book their place in the Munster final as they push for their sixth in a row.

Waterford opened the scoring through a Stephen Bennett score but Limerick pulled ahead quickly with scores from Darragh O’Donovan, Seamus Flanagan, and Aaron Gillane, Limerick would keep the lead until Stephen Bennett equalised for the Déise in in the 14th minute, being the only Waterford man on the scoresheet bringing it to 0-4 to 0-4.


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Limerick were given an early scare when a Waterford free dropped short with Shane Bennett reacting quickly on the 16th minute giving Waterford their first goal of the day and giving Waterford the lead.

With the score a Limerick 0-6 to Waterford’s 1-04 the treaty Men’s response was quick and despite racking up many wides, points from Diarmaid Byrnes and Tom Morrisey gave Limerick back their advantage, by half time the Shannonsiders pulled ahead 0-14 to 1-06.

Waterford came out with pace in the second half, notching on a couple of early scores, but despite playing into the breeze in the second half, Limerick tightened their grip on the game tacking on points with ease.

Tom Morrissey, Gearoid Hegarty, and Cathal O’Neill were among the scorers who kept Waterford at a distance, but the Déise men kept the competition interesting as Shane Bennett worked the ball into the Limerick goal once again following an incredible Nickie Quaid save. Although it offered a glimmer of hope to the away team, it was too little, too late.

Gearóid Hegarty scored 0-2 from play helping Limerick to victory and a place in the 2024 Munster Championship Final. Photo: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick
Gearóid Hegarty scored 0-2 from play helping Limerick to victory and a place in the 2024 Munster Championship Final. Photo: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick

Stephen Bennett stood out for the Waterford side, trying his best to keep his team in it as they fought for a longer summer of hurling, but Limerick’s relentlessness was going to overshadow any individual performances.

Gillane’s accuracy from frees and Byrnes’ long-range scores kept the scoreboard ticking over, and substitutes like Shane O’Brien and Adam English also made significant contributions as Limerick continued to pull away.

Limerick supporters could rest easily as the clock ticked on seeing their team pull away and make it clear they were heading to another Munster final.

With Cian Lynch and Aaron Gillane adding late points and Adam English capping off the day’s scoring, Limerick cemented a 0-30 to 2-14 victory bringing Waterford’s campaign to an end and sending Limerick to the Munster final, the aim now to retain the title.

Limerick will face Clare in the Munster Final on Sunday, June 9 in Semple Stadium, a repeat of last year’s final. With Clare coming into form and Limerick in gear it promises to be a final that will live up to this year’s championship so far.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-7 (7fs), Tom Morrissey 0-4, Kyle Hayes 0-3, Shane O’Brien 0-3, Diarmaid Byrnes 0-2 (1f), Cathal O’Neill, David Reidy, Gearoid Hegarty 0-2 each, Barry Nash, William O’Donoghue, Conor Boylan, Cian Lynch, and Adam English 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Shane Bennett 2-0, Stephen Bennett 0-5 (4fs), Calum Lyons and Dessie Hutchinson (1f) 0-2 each, Paddy Leavy, Jamie Barron, Jack Prendergast, Patrick Fitzgerald, Kevin Mahony 0-1 each.

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