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It’s Munster final Sunday with a twist — but all eyes are on Semple Stadium as holders Limerick take on Waterford in the provincial decider.

Can John Kiely’s men make it back-to-back Munster titles for the first time since 1981? Or Liam Cahill steer the Déise to their first provincial honours since 2010?

Throw-in is at 4pm. We’ll have the team news in a moment…

TEAM NEWS: Just one change to the Limerick side which beat Tipperary, with David Reidy named to start ahead of Darragh O’Donovan.

1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)

2. Sean Finn (Bruff)
3. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)
4. Barry Nash (South Liberties)

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)
6. Declan Hannon (Adare)
7. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)

8. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)
9. William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh)

10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks)
11. David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca)
12. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)

13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
14. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)
15. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)

TEAM NEWS: For their part, Waterford are unchanged from the side that beat Cork a fortnight ago.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)

2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
4. Shane McNulty (De La Salle)

5. Calum Lyons (Ballyduff Lower)
6. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore-Kinsalebeg)
7. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)

8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)

10. Jack Fagan (De La Salle)
11. Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)

13. Dessie Hutchinson (Ballygunner)
14. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
15. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)

THROW IN: We’re underway in the 2020 Munster hurling final. 

1 min — Limerick 0-1 Waterford 0-0: Graeme Mulcahy opens the scoring but we’ve already seen some fierce challenges in the opening 30 seconds.

2 mins – Austin Gleeson tries to level matters with a sideline cut but sends it wide.

3 mins — Limerick 0-2 Waterford 0-0: Peter Casey scores but the build-up play — a beautiful raking pass from Tom Morrissey to Cian Lynch — was superb from Limerick.

4 mins — Limerick 0-2 Waterford 0-1: Dessie Hutchinson flicks the ball back over the head of Sean Finn and points.

5 mins — Limerick 0-3 Waterford 0-2: Jake Dillon levels it up, but only briefly, before Aaron Gillane puts Limerick back into the lead.

6 mins — Limerick 0-4 Waterford 0-2: Will O’Donoghue picks out Cian Lynch who fires over from the right.

10 mins — Limerick 0-4 Waterford 0-3: Tadhg de Burca and Kevin Moran carry the ball out from the back for Waterford, and then Austin Gleeson does well to bounce off the Limerick challenge before pointing.

13 mins — Limerick 0-6 Waterford 0-3: Aaron Gillane taps over a close-range free to put Limerick three ahead.

14 mins — Limerick 0-6 Waterford 0-4: Another one for Gleeson after good work from Jamie Barron to win the ball back and set up the score.

15 mins — Limerick 0-6 Waterford 0-5: Stephen Bennett makes it a one-point game.

17 mins — Limerick 0-7 Waterford 0-6: Gillane and Stephen Bennett trade scores in quick succession.

19 mins — Limerick 0-7 Waterford 0-7: Stephen Bennett knocks over a free and we’re all square at the first-half water break. Not a huge amount between them in this first quarter.

20 mins — Limerick 0-8 Waterford 0-7: Limerick dig the ball out of a scrum inside the Waterford half. Tom Morrissey plays it in low to Peter Casey who scores.

21 mins — Limerick 0-9 Waterford 0-7: A quick double for Casey after a wayward puckout from Stephen O’Keeffe.

22 mins — Limerick 0-9 Waterford 0-8: Stephen Bennett has a chance to cut the deficit with a free, which he converts.

23 mins — Limerick 0-10 Waterford 0-8: Gillane knocks over another free from close range. Limerick lead by two.

25 mins — Limerick 0-11 Waterford 0-8: Peter Casey’s goalbound effort comes off a Waterford defender and goes behind for a 65. Diarmaid Byrnes converts without any fuss.

27 mins — Limerick 0-12 Waterford 0-8: Limerick start to turn the screw as Gillane drifts away from Conor Prunty to buy himself a bit of space and sends over a magnificent point.

28 mins — Limerick 0-12 Waterford 0-9: Kieran Bennett responds to keep Waterford within touching distance.

29 mins — Limerick 0-13 Waterford 0-9: Magical passage of play between Declan Hannon and Cian Lynch with Lynch scoring.

31 mins — Limerick 0-13 Waterford 0-10: Stephen Bennett keeps the scoreboard ticking over for Waterford with another free.

33 mins — Limerick 0-13 Waterford 0-11: Bennett again – two in it now as we approach half time.

35 mins — Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-11: Calum Lyons gives away a soft free with a loose swing and is shown a yellow card. Gillane converts.

35+1 mins: Stephen Bennett tries his luck with a long free and the wind at his back but it drops left and wide.

Back in five.

SECOND HALF: Back underway in Semple Stadium. Limerick will have the breeze at their backs in this second half.

36 mins — Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-12: Stephen Bennett wins a free and converts. Two-point game again.

38 mins — Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-13: Calum Lyons runs at Cian Lynch and wins a free, which Bennett duly points. Waterford have started this second half brightly.

39 mins – Graeme Mulcahy sets up Peter Casey but his shot drifts right and wide. That’s only Limerick’s second wide of the match.

40 mins — Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-14: All square! Lovely play by Waterford and Jack Prendergast fires over from the right.

41 mins – Aaron Gillane is swarmed as he tries to get a shot off and Waterford’s pressure pays. Wide ball.

42 mins – Calum Lyons and Will O’Donoghue trade wides as each of them try their luck from distance.

43 mins — Limerick 0-15 Waterford 0-14: Aaron Gillane gets his seventh point of the day, and Limerick’s first of the second half, with a free from distance.

46 mins — Limerick 0-16 Waterford 0-15: No sooner than Limerick have stretched their lead, Stephen Bennett pegs them back with his ninth of the afternoon.

47 mins — Limerick 0-17 Waterford 0-15: Gillane points a free as Waterford make their first change — Neil Montgomery on for Jack Fagan.

48 mins — Limerick 0-17 Waterford 0-16: Austin Gleeson scores! One in it again. Waterford are hanging tough here.

49 mins — Limerick 0-17 Waterford 0-17: Stephen Bennett slots the free. All square again.

51 mins — Waterford 0-18 Limerick 0-17: Waterford lead! Their pressure yields another Limerick turnover and Bennett scores.

52 mins — Waterford 0-18 Limerick 0-18: All square again as the referee calls for the water break. A great third quarter from Waterford, and this game is still very much in the balance.

Limerick subs: David Dempsey and Seamus Flanagan are on for Tom Morrissey and Peter Casey.

53 mins — Limerick 0-19 Waterford 0-18: Instant impact from Seamus Flanagan who points from the left.

55 mins — Limerick 0-20 Waterford 0-19: Gearoid Hegarty puts two between the sides but Jake Dillon pegs it back for Waterford just as quickly.

56 mins — Limerick 0-21 Waterford 0-19: Gillane points a free. John Kiely makes another change as Darragh O’Donovan replaces David Reidy.

58 mins — Waterford sub: Mikey Kearney replaces Kieran Bennett for the last 12-plus minutes.

60 mins — Waterford sub: Shane Fives pulls up mid-sprint and that’s the end of his afternoon. Ian Kenny replaces him.

62 mins – Great chance for David Dempsey to stretch Limerick’s lead but he skews it wide. That’s a disappointing miss.

62 mins — Limerick 0-22 Waterford 0-19: Graeme Mulcahy turns back inside to work the angle to point. Three between the sides now.

64 mins — Limerick 0-23 Waterford 0-19: Limerick are putting a bit of daylight between themselves and Waterford now. They’ve outscored them 0-5 to 0-1 since the water break.

67 mins – Lovely play by Stephen Bennett to engineer a bit of space but his shot drops right and wide.

68 mins — Limerick 0-23 Waterford 0-20: Patrick Curran points after some hard work by the Waterford forwards to keep the attack alive.

69 mins — Limerick 0-24 Waterford 0-20: Limerick sub Adrian Breen gets out in front of his man and scores.

70 mins – There’ll be three additional minutes here.

70+1 mins — Limerick 0-25 Waterford 0-20: Gillane points another free and that should be Limerick out of sight and their Munster title successfully retained.

70+2 mins – Great save by Nickie Quaid. Stephen Bennett tries to fire a free through the crowd to give Waterford a lifeline but Quaid gets his hurl up to put it behind for a 65.

70+3 mins — Limerick 0-25 Waterford 0-21: Waterford convert the 65 but it’s green flags they need at this stage.

So that’s it — Limerick are Munster senior hurling champions once again!

It’s Limerick’s first time winning back-to-back provincial titles since 1980/81, and they’re now just two wins away from another All-Ireland title.

It’s disappointment for Waterford who hung tough throughout and really brought the fight to Limerick. They’ll be in the draw for the All-Ireland quarter-finals tomorrow morning, with a knockout clash against either Tipperary and Clare awaiting.

That’s all we’ve got time for, but stay with us over the rest of the evening for Fintan O’Toole’s report from Semple Stadium as well as lots more reaction and analysis from today’s games.

Thanks for reading.


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