Limerick easily brushed aside the challenge of Waterford at the Gaelic Grounds on a score line of 2-26 to 1-16 in a perfect result in Sunday.
Limerick were easily the better side and they commanded every position on the field. Indeed the win was all but wrapped up at half time as John Kiely’s charges lead by 2-14 to 0-07, thanks to goals from Gearoid Hegarty and Graeme Mulcahy in the 10th and 13th minute. Tommy Ryan gave Waterford a small bit of hope early in the second half with a goal but ultimately the Shannonsiders proved to strong as they now look forward to next weekends big showdown with neighbours Clare at Ennis The winners of that game will actually go on to the Munster Final to play Cork on July 1st.
Waterford led by 0-02 to 0-01 after 3 minutes, with Tom Devine and DJ Foran pointing, that was as good as it got though for Waterford as Limerick reeled them in and took control. Dowling put them in the driving seat with three quick points to lead by 0-05 to 0-02 after 9 minutes. Hegarty netted a minute later, before Mulcahy followed that up with another green flag. Limerick went on to hit six points in a row then three coming from the impressive Cian Lynch.
Derek McGrath charges got the scoring going in the second half with Mahony pointing from a free, before the goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe raced up the right wing to knock one over from play. Limerick replied I with two points, before Tommy Ryan netted with his first touch of the ball on 41 minutes to leave the Deise trailing by 2-16 to 1-09.
The hosts responded with two more Dowling frees, while Seamus Flanagan also pointed from play. Hegarty and David Dempsey extended the advantage further with Waterford only managing to get frees from O’Mahony. Limerick easy winners in this now go to Ennis next week knowing a win will mean a place in the Munster Final against Cork.