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O'Halloran stars as Waterford hurlers defeat Limerick IT in Waterford Crystal Cup

Waterford will now take on Limerick next weekend.

Brian O'Halloran (file photo) hit 1-4 for the Waterford hurlers today.
Brian O'Halloran (file photo) hit 1-4 for the Waterford hurlers today.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Waterford 1-22
Limerick IT 0-18

BRIAN O’HALLORAN REGISTERED 1-4 as Waterford battled to victory against a stubborn Limerick IT at a dull Carriganore in this afternoon’s Waterford Crystal Cup first round tie.

His strike ten minutes into the second half offered the home side breathing space to progress to a quarter final meeting away to Limerick next weekend. Pauric Mahony helped out O’Halloran in attack with ten points while ten different sources contributed on the scoreboard. Gavin O’Brien, Austin Gleeson and Pa Walsh also formed a steady half-back line.

Derek McGrath offered competitive debuts to Pa Walsh and Michael Kearney and the hosts started brightly. They opened up a four gap before LIT’s defence got to grips and they implemented their short passing game.

Pauric Mahony 8/6/2014 Pauric Mahony (file photo) was in action for Waterford today. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Four frees from David Reidy and two from play by Seanie O’Brien levelled the contest at nine points all on 31 minutes. Pauric Mahony scored six points for the Deise in that first half (five frees) and they departed with a 0-11 to 0-9 lead at half time.

A Mahony double stretched that advantage to four on the restart but Davy Fitzgerald’s side maintained their interest. Paul Flaherty, Alan Dempsey, Reidy and O’Brien raided points for the plucky students to tie it up again (14 points apiece). Michael Walsh and Pa Walsh retrieved Waterford’s lead before O’Halloran smashed home from close range after 45 minutes (1-16 to 0-14).

LIT reduced the damage to a goal entering the last seven minutes but Waterford shut down the game with O’Halloran as destroyer in chief. The Clashmore man accounted for 1-3 during a busy second half. Substitutes Donie Breathnach and Shane Bennett sealed the win with late singles.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-10 (0-8f), Brian O’Halloran 1-4, Gavin O’Brien, Pa Walsh, Martin O’Neill, Shane O’Sullivan, Kevin Moran, Michael Walsh, Shane Bennett, Donie Breathnach 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick IT: David Reidy 0-9 (0-8f), Seanie O’Brien 0-3, Paul Flaherty 0-2, Alan Dempsey, David Dempsey, Patrick Fitzgerald, Barry O’Connell 0-1 each.

WATERFORD

1. Ian O Regan

2. Shane Fives
3. Barry Coughlan
4. Noel Connors

5. Gavin O’Brien
6. Austin Gleeson
7. Pa Walsh

8. Martin O’Neill
9. Shane O’Sullivan

10. Kevin Moran
11. Thomas Connors
12. Pauric Mahony

13. Brian O’Halloran
14. Michael Walsh
15. Michael Kearney

Subs
Jake Dillon for T Connors (42)
Shane Bennett for O’Neill (48)
Donie Breathnach for Kearney (57)
Cormac Curran for M Walsh (68)
T Waring for Mahony (71).

LIMERICK IT

1. Aaron Murphy (Limerick)

2. Alan Dempsey (Limerick)
3. Cian Nolan (Clare)
4. David Gough (Clare)

5. Kieran Bennett (Waterford)
6. Barry O’Connell (Limerick)
7. Willie Ryan (Tipperary)

8. Stephen O’Halloran (Clare)
9. Martin Fitzgerald (Kildare)

10. Mark Gennery (Tipperary)
11. Paul Flaherty (Galway)
12. Sean O’Brien (Limerick)

13. David Reidy (Clare)
14. Shane McGrath (Clare)
15. Patrick Fitzgerald (Clare)

Subs
Shane Gleeson (Clare) for McGrath (31)
David Dempsey (Limerick) for O’Brien (51)

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