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[ # ] Limerick beat Waterford in All Ireland Semi Final
August 12th, 2007

Limerick beat Waterford by 5-11 to 2-15 in a pulsating All Ireland semi-final in Croke Park in front of a near full house. Limerick upset Waterford’s great year, gained revenge for their Munster final defeat and now move on to play Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final on the first Sunday of September.

The key to the game was goals and Limerick hit 5 of them while holding Waterford’s danger man Dan Shanahan without one. Andrew O’Shaughnessy and Donie Ryan bagged two each, one in either half, and giant full forward Brian Begley hit the final one.

Limerick started the game in flying form while the Decie men seemed a bit flat footed, possibly suffering a hangover from their quarter final replay win over Cork. The gap was out to 8 points at one stage but Waterford pegged it back to 4 by half time. The treaty men opened out the gap again in the second half with their third goal, courtesy of Donie. Waterford pulled it back to 2 points with around 5 minutes to go and it looked as though they were going to pull another one out of the fire. But enter Begley, who won a penalty which was brilliantly converted by Shaugnessy and then smashed home his own rickly desereved goal.

Great celebrations for Limerick players, fans and their very enthusiastic manager Richie Bennis. Richie must now set his sights on the All-Ireland champs, Kilkenny, which will be another huge challenge but Limerick have been improving all year and seem undaunted by whatever challenge is presented so no doubt they’ll be relishing the chance to win their first All Ireland since 1973.

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[ # 697 ] Comment from C [August 12, 2007, 6:57 pm]

well done limerick

[ # 721 ] Comment from waterford grl [August 13, 2007, 11:58 am]

waterford were NOT suffering from hangovers after last weeks victory the team were bet wit tiredness nd stress….waterford honestly didnt play their best but limerick didnt deserve that win!!!!!
hopefully now they will be put in their place…as there is no way on this earth limerick will beat kilkenny!!!

[ # 722 ] Comment from Larry [August 13, 2007, 12:43 pm]

Obviously I didn’t mean that they were literally suffering a hangover! - it was a reference to tiredness like you said yourself. Little reward for winning Munster that you have to play three weeks in a row.
Don’t give Limerick much hope but would be great to see them beat Kilkenny.

[ # 724 ] Comment from C [August 13, 2007, 6:42 pm]

Well Done Limerick!!!! All the hard work has finally paid off.. Roll on Sept 2nd when we will show that cats more of that real hurling..

[ # 729 ] Comment from Thomas [August 14, 2007, 1:42 am]

Limerick took waterford by storm, the constant hype about waterford only gave more fuel to the Limerick fire. They weren’t going to take no for an answer. Not from the ref or anyone else. Every limerick player gave his all and literally swamped a good waterford team out of contention. They showed more skill and more determination and not a bit of the ‘hard man’ rubbish we have seen creep into waterfords game. The final will now be a skillful clean game of hurling and whatever the outcome the game of hurling will be the winner.

Congratulations Limerick. And @ “waterford grl” above… your comments are childish and Limerick have been put in their place already… in the All Ireland Hurling Final… where they deserve to be.

Richie Bennis has inspired a team to reach their collective potential and you get the impression that things are only getting better from here with a healthy youths panel to start choosing from in the coming decade.
The green army is having another crack at croker and I for one am looking forward to some great entertainment.

[ # 732 ] Comment from Larry [August 14, 2007, 7:34 am]

Hopefully it’ll be a great game. It’s great for hurling either way to have a “new” team like Limerick there, but what we really need is Limerick to win.

I’m not sure a skillful open game of hurling would work for Limerick, I think they need to employ tactics like the Cats did in last year’s final i.e. swarm all over the opposition and crowd them out and then pick off your scores when the chances come.

[ # 769 ] Comment from waterford grl [August 16, 2007, 1:49 pm]

truthfully it is nice to see a “new” team like limerick playing this year….but we all know that kilkenny wil be a hard team 4 them 2 beat!!!
all i can say now is waterford wil be back next year!!!
bst of luck to limerick nd kilkenny!!!!:)

[ # 770 ] Comment from Ger [August 16, 2007, 2:15 pm]

In the Middle East, so I only get to see bits of the games on Youtube, but I did listen to it on Limerick 95. Have to say to Waterford, it was a great game, and unfortunately, us Limerick lads only know the heart break of losing too well. This year though, we seem to have a great team sprit and what Bennis has done, it should be bottled and put on the shelf for sale. The belief is there and who knows, we might do it. I for one, will putting a wager on them to lift it. Going to get pissed for a week if we lift the cup.

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