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Limerick beat Waterford to set up Munster semi-final with Cork

Diarmaid Kelly and Josh Ryan starred this evening in Lemybrien.

It was a good night for Limerick.
It was a good night for Limerick.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Limerick 1-13
Waterford 1-5

LIMERICK BOOKED THEIR place in the semi-finals of the Munster MFC for the first time since 2010 as powerful midfield double act Diarmaid Kelly and Josh Ryan combined for 1-7 to dismiss Waterford in Lemybrien.

The Déise enjoyed a six-point lead after only seven minutes but Jerry O’Sullivan’s team regrouped and got back on level terms early in the second period.

Captain Kelly rippled the roof of the net on 44 minutes to open clear daylight for the Treaty County.

The towering Ryan kicked three second-half singles as they ran out comfortable winners.

Limerick must now plan their journey to Páirc Uí Rinn on 11 May for a last four encounter against Cork.

261 supporters were present on a chilly evening at the redeveloped Kilrossanty ground.

Waterford played against the wind in the first half and stunned the visitors with an early flurry. David Nugent’s side set up with Tom Barron as a sweeper and they charged out of the blocks.

In the second minute, Ciaran Kirwan ripped open the Limerick defence and laid off to corner back Jake Mulcahy.

The number four passed across to Paddy Prendergast who calmly finished to the net. Two Sean Martin frees and a Dylan Guiry effort gave them a 1-3 to 0-0 cushion.

General view of match balls before the game Source: Gerry McManus/INPHO

Ryan led the Limerick retaliation as he bullied his opponents at midfield. Kelly shot three points (two frees) with Eoin O’Mahony and Anthony Barrett also on target. Waterford edged it 1-3 to 0-5 at the break but kicked six first-half wides.

Kelly levelled two minutes into the second period before Ryan split the posts from 40 metres. Billy Power responded with Waterford’s first white flag for 33 minutes (0-7 to 1-4).

The pivotal moment of the hour arrived on 44 minutes when O’Mahony and Barrett engineered an opening for Kelly found the back of the net.

O’Sullivan’s side outscored their opponents by 0-6 to 0-1 in the closing quarter with Josh Ryan, Anthony Barrett, James Ryan, Noel Callinan and Darragh Ranahan all responsible for points.

Waterford goalkeeper Aaron Beresford denied Colm McSweeney and Callinan from close range as they finished strongly. Déise number eleven Sean Martin received his marching orders in the sixth minute of injury time.

Meanwhile, in the Electric Ireland Leinster minor football championship, Laois defeated Carlow 1-13 to 1-4 at Netwatch Cullen Park.

Scorers for Limerick: Diarmaid Kelly 1-4 (2fs); Josh Ryan 0-3; Anthony Barrett 0-2; Eoin O’Mahony (f), Noel Callinan, James Ryan, Darragh Ranahan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Paddy Prendergast 1-0; Sean Martin 0-3 (3fs); Dylan Guiry, Billy Power 0-1 each.

Limerick

1. Aaron Murphy (Fr Casey’s)

2. Gearoid Brennan (Claughaun)
3. Fionn Murphy (Kilteely/Dromkeen)
4. Daniel Enright (Monaleen)

7. Oran Collins (Adare)
6. Adam Kearns (St Senans)
5. Seamus Hurley (Newcastlewest)

8. Josh Ryan (Oola)
9. Diarmaid Kelly (Newcastlewest)

14. Adam Storan (Mungret St Pauls)
10. Eoin O Mahony (Ballylanders)
11. Colm McSweeney (Gerald Griffins)

17. Conor O’Grady (Hospital-Herbertstown)
13. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock)
15. James Ryan (Athea)

Subs

12. Noel Callinan (St Kierans) for Storan (27)
19. Darragh Ranahan (Ballysteen) for O’Mahony (53)
23. Jason Kiely (Claughaun) for O’Grady (58)
18. Sean Ryan (Athea) for James Ryan (64)
20. Paudie Sheehy (Kilmallock) for Barrett (64)

Waterford

1. Aaron Beresford (Ballinacourty)

2. Adam O’Sullivan (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg)
3. Jack Skehan (Sliabh gCua)
4. Jake Mulcahy (The Nire)

5. Conor Ó Cuirrín (An Rinn)
8. Maurice Daly (Brickey Rangers)
18. TJ Veale (Kill)

9. James Beresford (Ballinacourty)
7. Cathal Curran (Brickey Rangers)

10. Billy Power (Rathgormack)
11. Sean Martin (Tramore)
12. Tom Barron (The Nire)

13. Cíarán Kirwan (Kill)
6. Dylan Guiry (The Nire)
15. Paddy Prendergast (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg)

Subs

14. Shane O’Meara (The Nire) for Barron (31)
12. Tom Barron (The Nire) for Ó Cuirrín (38)
17. Tom Looby (Ballinacourty) for J Beresford (55)
22. Donal Fitzgerald (Kilrossanty) for Veale (58)

Referee: Sean Joy (Kerry).

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