Limerick edge Wexford in thriller

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Limerick 1-18 v 1-17 Wexford
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Limerick left it late to secure a famous victory over Wexford and a place in their first quarter finals of the All Ireland. A controversial ending marring what was an entertaining encounter that ebbed and flowed.

In a thrilling contest at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise, Ian Ryan’s free in the 4th minute of stoppage time sealed a one point win and set up a quarter final clash at GAA HQ. The free was the major talking point for fans as they left the ground with referee Derek Fahey they source of praise or ire depending on your side of the fence. Fahey awarding the winning point even though one of the umpires had waved it wide.

It was a tad hard on Wexford who led for the majority of an end to end game but in fariness to Limerick they never left the model county out of their sight and even the sending off of Tom Lee late in the second half couldn’t stop them as Eoghan O’Connor scored a crucial goal as we entered into injury time before Ryan stepped up.

The game opened with a fierce tempo as PJ Banville and Stephen Kelly traded points in the opening minute and that pattern continued throughout the half as Wexford failed to take advantage of the breeze.

It took almost 15 minutes before we saw the first wide of the game that went to Limerick and it was 20 minutes before Limerick led for the first time, Gerry Collins putting the treaty county 06-05 ahead.

That lead didn’t last long however and 3 points in succession, Redmond Barry claiming the third put Wexford back ahead. By the 30th minute however Limerick were back in front as John Cook on as a sub scored a fine point.

However once again Wexford hit back, AJ Morrissey and Ciaran Lyng scoring to send Jason Ryan’s team in one up at the break.

All that was missing in this game was goals and the first one of the evening arrived on 43 minutes when Bradley found the back of the net to put Wexford in control, however Limerick never let them out of their site and continued to rack up the scores without ever getting the lead back.

Then came the first 10 minutes of drama as Limerick turned a 3 points deficit in a one point win finally putting to the bed the Munster defeat to Kerry, it was hard on Wexford who will consider themselves unlucky to exit the All Ireland final minus a Leinster Winners medal and a quarter final appearance.

Full time It’s all over, Limerick are in the All Ireland quarter final, fantastic achievement. They’ve edged a thrilling game.
74min He has given the point, time is almost up.. Ref should blow it but he doesn’t..
74min Ryan is 35 yards out, there is confusion as one umpires gives it and the other doesn’t..
74min Free in to Limerick and a chance to go ahead.. last kick of the game..
70min GOAL!!! Limerick have done it, have levelled in it in injury time.. what a finish in store
68min Limerick need a goal
66min Free to Wexford, chance to put a goal between them again, he gets it
62min Roche gets a crucial point for Wexford
61min Limerick have a free, Wexford have lost their way a bit – Collins misses it though.
60min Ryan gets a point, might have been a goal.. One point game
58min Kelly takes up to a 2 point game
57min Brosnan had a free, opted to go short but wrong decision as it goes wide
55min Kelly brings the gap down to a goal
52min Limerick get a free, they need a score and get it
52min Brosnan makes it 4 in a row.. Limerick tiring..
51min Flynn gets another one there
50min Redmond Barry puts space between the sides again with a point for Wexford
48min Wexford run at the Limerick defence there and get a reward of a point..
47min Gerry Collins makes it a one point game
45min Wexford man down injured
43min Cook gets another point, the short kick outs are not working for either side
43min Good response from Limerick who get a crucial point, 3 point game
GOAL for Wexford.. Bradley is the man that gets it
41min Limerick get a great point from Lee..
39min Brosnan free looked to be going wide but Byrnes keeps it in and Redmond Barry gets a good point
39min Let off for Limerick as Banville hits it wide.. Limerick under the cosh at the moment
38min Good defending by Limerick there, keeping Scanlon out.
37min Lee with a wide there, only Limerick’s third
36min Second half underway, free to Limerick as Wexford overcarry
Half time Lyng brings the first half to an end as he scores the free, Wexford go in one ahead at half time.. it’s anybody’s game. A good first half.
38min 13 yard free, could have been a penalty there.. Wexford will go in ahead.. Byrne was nearly through
37min Free to Limerick, 30 seconds to go. Good defending by Wexford, its end to end
36min Wexford hit the bar there, let off… still level.
35min 2 additional minutes to go, Limerick have the ball, one last point.
32min AJ Morrissey levels the two team again 9 each
29min Cook punishes a short kick out.. Limerick lead
29min Sides are level..
28min Limerick hit their second wide
27min Kelly first in 11 minutes, great angle
24min O’Carroll is down, took a belt there.. Limerick haven’t scored in 9 minutes..
23min Redmond Barry makes in 3 quick points in sucession.. 2 point game
22min Mullane has gone off with a hamstring, big loss for Limerick. John Cook is on. Stack is also down.
22min Scanlon is punished with a short kick out, and Wexford get a 2nd point in a minute 07-06 now to Wexford
21min Stack is doing well on Lyng. AJ Morrissey levels it though.
19min Its end to end here. Limerick playing against the breeze remember 06 – 05
19min John O’Riordan makes a great block there, – Collins scores a point. Limerick in lead for the first time
15min Gerry Collins levels it again 5 apiece.
15min Free to Wexford.. Malone takes it from wrong place and its a throw up instead
14min It’s taking us nearly 15 minutes for the first wide and it goes to Limerick, Mullane with it.
13min Brosnan gets Wexford’s first point in 6 minutes .. All Wexford’s half forward line have scored now
13min Wexford get a free of their own.. was just about to say Limerick have recovered well from Wexford’s fast start
12min Kelly gets it no problems.
12min 21yards free to Limerick, chance to level for kelly
10min No such nerves in attack as Ryan gets his 2nd.. 4-3
9min Limerick showing signs of nerves perhaps, they’ve been shakey in defence so far..
8min Limerick for a point, Ryan gets it, Wexford arguing it might have gone wide 4-2 to Wexford
7min Banville with his second, good selection decision so far by Ryan
6min Flynn gets Wexford’s third, good start by the model county, they mean business early on
5min Lyng gets the free
4min Yellow card already, Seamus O’Carroll going into the book
3min Kelly levels for Limerick – great score
1min We’re underway now, first blood for Wexford, Banville geting it
0min We’re just about to get under way tonight, this looks to be an intriguing tie. On paper you’d fancy Wexford but Limerick could provide a shock. Anthems now, so I’ll stop typing.


Limerick will be looking to upset the odds when they face losing Leinster finalists Wexford in Portlaoise (throw in 7pm).

Despite scoring 3 goals in their opening Munster clash against Kerry, Maurice Horan’s side have found themselves having to battle through the qualifiers. However they taken heart from the defeat against the Kingdom County and have grown in stature with each game.

Limerick were impressive in their qualifying wins over Offaly and Waterford. That defeat to Kerry being followed up by another three goal display in the 7 point win over Offaly before they showed their resilience against a determined Waterford side to grind out a 0-14 to 0-9 win at the Gaelic Grounds.

Despite losing the Leinster final in heart breaking circumstances Wexford manager Jason Ryan will have been pleased with his side’s performance against Dublin. Like Limerick Wexford rattled a poor Offaly side 2-16 to 0-07 in Tullamore before they continued their march in Leinster with a comprehensive display of scoring to rack up 23 points against West Meath.

However against Dublin they showed that could mix it up with the big boys and with more luck of the match could have been a lot different.

Ciaran Lyng has undoubtedly being the shining light of the summer for Wexford and Ryan will be counting on his star forward putting Limerick to the sword however in order to do that he needs quality ball played into him and that where Limerick will be hoping to stifle the model county.

Limerick have surprised many by their run in the qualifiers as they are missing some key players at the moment however with their confidence on the increase, Wexford would be foolish to underestimate them.

In Ian Ryan Limerick have found a forward that is a threat to any defence in the country and Wexford will need to ensure that he does not get the opportunity to cause the fit again David Murphy too many problems.

Murphy had been rated as doubtful earlier in the week after injuring his back but has been cleared to play while the only change Ryan makes for the clash is the decision to draft in PJ Baville for a first start in place of right half-forward Shane Roche
Limerick meanwhile are unchanged from the team that beat Waterford and that means that Horan includes Tommy Stack in his team, the right corner back had been rated as doubt with a hamstring but is fit to take his place.

Limerick – B Scanlon; T Stack, S Gallagher, S Lavin; J Riordan, J McCarthy, P Ranahan; S Buckley, T Lee; S Kelly, J Mullane, M Sheehan; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan.

Wexford – A Masterson; J Wadding, G Molloy, B Malone; A Flynn, D Murphy, A Doyle; D Waters, R Quinlivan; PJ Banville, C Lyng, B Brosnan; C Morris, E Bradley, R Barry.


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