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Late goals save Waterford to force dramatic Munster minor draw with Limerick

Substitute Shane Ryan bagged the score that forced a replay on July 22nd.

Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Limerick 3-14
Waterford 2-17

WATERFORD STAGED A sensational comeback to force a replay against Limerick in today’s Munster minor hurling final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Waterford were seven points down in the finale when they received a lifeline as Cormac Curran struck home a goal and then Patrick Curran knocked over a free to cut the gap to three.

Then substitute Shane Ryan came off the bench to bang in an injury-time goal and neither side were able to find a winning score to ensure that a replay will be required in Thurles on July 22nd.

Reigning champions Limerick had looked on course to retain their crown for much of the second-half. They were ahead by 2-8 to 0-12 at the break with Barry Nash and Tom Morrissey notching their first-half goals while Ronan Lynch excelled as he weighed in with some brilliant points.

Patrick Curran, Shane Bennett, Aaron O’Sullivan and Andy Molumby kept Waterford in touch with a series of points but Bennett was denied a goal from a penalty before half-time as Limerick netminder Eoghan McNamara pulled off a flying save.

Limerick upped the ante in the second-half and when their third goal arrived courtesy of Peter Casey, they looked firmly on the road to victory.

However Waterford showed great heart to force a draw and ensure the teams will have to meet again.

Scorers for Limerick: Ronan Lynch 0-5 (0-2f), Barry Nash (0-1f), Peter Casey 1-2 each, Tom Morrissey 1-1, Seamus Flanagan 0-2, Cian Lynch, Edward Doyle 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Patrick Curran 0-7 (0-6f), Shane Bennett 0-4 (0-1 sideline, 0-1f), Cormac Curran, Shane Ryan 1-0 each, Andy Molumby, Peter Hogan, Aaron O’Sullivan 0-2 each.

LIMERICK
1. Eoghan McNamara (Doon)

2. Sean Finn (Bruff)
3. Paddy O Loughlin (Kilmallock)
4. Jamie Porter (Monaleen)

5. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen)
6. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh)
7. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen)

8. Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock)
9. Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen)

10. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh/Castlemahon)
11. Barry Nash (South Liberties)
12. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell) (Captain)

13. Conor Fitzgerald (Claughaun)
14. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)
15. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)

WATERFORD
1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)

2. David Prendergast (Lismore)
3. M.J. Sutton (Ferrybank)
4. Michael Cronin (Ardmore)

5. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
6. Colm Roche (Shamrocks) (Captain)
7. Jack Mullaney (Stradbally)

8. Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan)
9. Andy Molumby (Cappoquin)

10. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
11. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
12. Cormac Curran (Brickey Rangers)

13. Peter Hogan (Ballygunner)
14. Aaron O Sullivan (Cappoquin)
15. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)

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