Limerick v Waterford | Last Five Championship Clashes

Ahead of this Saturday’s meeting, relive the last five championship clashes between the Munster rivals.

Limerick and Waterford lock horns in round five of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship this Sunday, with everything still to play for.

The Shannonsiders are aiming to reach a sixth consecutive Munster SHC final, to defend a crown which the Deise have not possessed since 2010.

The last five championship clashes make for poor reading for Waterford fans, John Kiely’s side winning all of them, including Munster and All-Ireland final victories.

Ahead of this Saturday’s meeting, relive the last five championship clashes between the Munster rivals.

Limerick 0-25 : 0-21 Waterford (Munster Hurling Championship Final)

13 November 2020 in Semple Stadium

Limerick retained their Munster title for the first time since 1981 as they overcame a stubborn Deise in Thurles.

John Kiely’s men were the quickest out of the blocks and raced into an early 0-6 to 0-3 lead.

However, four of the next five scores would go the way of Liam Cahill’s side as they went into the first water break at 0-7 apiece.

The Shannonsiders would dictate the terms of the second quarter to take a 0-14 to 0-11 lead into the break.

Within five of the restart, Waterford would find themselves level and took the lead on 50 minutes with Gearoid Hegarty levelling prior to the final water break.

Limerick’s power off the bench proved the difference and the Shannonsiders held off the challenge of Cahill’s troops to retain their title and move into the All-Ireland semi-finals for the third successive year.

Limerick 0-30 : 0-19 Waterford (All-Ireland Hurling Championship Final)

13 December 2020 in Croke Park

Limerick won their second All-Ireland in just three years against Waterford in December 2020 in a vacant Croke Park.

For the most part, the game was largely one-sided as Limerick dominated from pillar to post to complete the perfect season and claim back the All-Ireland title they lost the previous July.

Despite a few early shots at goal, Waterford’s striking through the fixture was no match for Limerick’s precise and calculated offence.

13 December 2020; Limerick captain Declan Hannon lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup as Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan looks on following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Limerick and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Limerick had all but a three point lead at half-time but they were anything but fazed upon the games resumption, stretching their lead to 11 points.

Waterford managed to square up the game early on but spent the games final hour on the back foot, struggling to keep up with their Munster rivals.

Limerick not only sealed an All-Ireland win but their 10th win over 10 games, completing what could be considered a Hurling grand-slam.

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Limerick 1-25 : 0-17 Waterford (All-Ireland Hurling Championship Semi-Final)

7 August 2021 in Croke Park

Limerick booked their place back in the All-Ireland final with a comprehensive eleven point win over Waterford in a repeat of the previous year’s final.

With Waterford giving as good as they got in the opening quarter, Limerick upped the ante to pull away from the Deise in an awesome display of power and efficiency.

Cian Lynch and Seamus Flanagan got Limerick off the mark with quickfire scores but Waterford replied to level at 0-4 apiece just after the water break.

But the next six scores came from Limerick, Diarmuid Byrnes moving them into double digits on the 28th minute. Dessie Hutchinson briefly replied but Lynch rounded out the half time scoring with Limerick cruising at 0-15 to 0-7.

Tom Morrissey and Flanagan had Limerick ten-clear after the restart but the Deise did rally to reduce the deficit to six with a quarter of an hour to play.

But from the next play, Gearoid Hegarty fed Aaron Gillane for the games only goal as scores from Morrissey further extended the Limerick advantage to ensure repeat All-Ireland final appearances for the first time in nearly 50-years.

Limerick 0-30 : 2-21 Waterford (Munster Hurling Championship)

23 April 2022 in the TUS Gaelic Grounds.

The League champions put Limerick to the pin of their collar but as always is the case, John Kiely’s men had the answers to secure a second successive win to start the championship.

The writing seemed to be on the wall early on in a clash dubbed as the first of three, pitting the pre-championship favourites against one another, with the visitors clipping over three on the bounce to start the contest.

The loss of Cian Lynch worsened the situation for Limerick with the Deise moving 0-8 to 0-3 clear after sixteen minutes. But eventual man of the match Aaron Gillane began to grow into the contest and eight of the next eleven scores came from the Limerick men to draw level on the half hour.

Waterford regained a two-point lead but three from Gillane had the All-Ireland champions 0-14 to 0-13 to the good at the half.

The teams went score for score after the resumption as Dessie Hutchinson made it 0-20 apiece with twenty to play. But the next ten minutes belonged to Limerick who raced seven points clear.

Quickfire goals from Stephen Bennett and Callum Lyons redcued that margin to one with time running out but Pat Ryan and Diarmaid Byrnes had the final scores of the outing to ensure Limerick’s victory.

Limerick 1-18 : 0-19 Waterford (Munster Hurling Championship)

23 April 2023 in FBD Semple Stadium.

Limerick made it sixteen championship games unbeaten yesterday in Thurles with a narrow 1-18 to 0-19 victory over Waterford following a titanic tussle.

Seamus Flanagan flicked in the games only goal which was full of dramatic turning points with both sides losing their centre-back to injury early on while Limerick were reduced to 14-men with over a half an hour to play.

Flanagan’s green flag had Limerick eight points clear midway through the first half but the Deise replied well and halved that deficit by the time Liam Gordon brought the first half to an end.

Waterford started the second better and moved within one before Gearoid Hegarty was shown a red for a second yellow card. But Limerick hit back to move five in front before the late onslaught from the Deise.

John Kiely’s men held firm at the back and Waterford couldn’t outpoint the Shannonsiders who left Thurles with the share of the spoils.

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