Deise VU for Footballers

Waterford suffered defeat, once again by the narrowest of margins, when victory looked assured as the final whistle beckoned in this bottom of the Division Four table clash between Limerick and Waterford at Martinstown on Saturday evening last.
The Waterford players left the field demoralised by Limerick’s late equalising goal and the pointed free that followed in time added on.
Waterford played with the breeze in the first and had the better of possession in the middle of the field. Limerick however used the ball more effectively early on and took the lead when Séamus O’Carroll pointed from a tight angle. He then found his found Jamie Lee who ghosted in behind the Waterford defence and found the net for the game’s first goal.

Saturday's defeat was the biggest kick in the teeth yet for Waterford this season.  								| Photos: Maurice Hennebry

Saturday's defeat was the biggest kick in the teeth yet for Waterford this season. | Photos: Maurice Hennebry


Waterford replied when Gavin Crotty’s effort was carried on the wind between the posts. Limerick hit the next two scores with points from O’Carroll and Robbie Bourke.
JJ Hutchinson hit back for Waterford but O’Carroll immediately replied with his third score.
Waterford were beginning to get on top in the middle third but found it difficult to impact the Limerick lead.
Joe Allen pointed for the Déise from a tight angle but almost immediately Danny Neville hit back with another Limerick point.
Conor Murray scored another Waterford point and Robbie Bourke replied with a free. The visitors received a timely boost approaching half-time when Gavin Crotty was bundled off the ball in the square. He then stepped up to slot home the penalty that reduced his side’s deficit to 1-6 to 1-4.
An early second half point from James McGrath brought Waterford to within a point of the home side but Limerick stretched their lead to three points once again thanks to points from forwards Darragh Treacy and Paul White.

Joey Veale reduced the deficit when he pointed on the run and Limerick’s overworked defence creaked when Deise centre-back Michael Curry got in around the back of the defence for the goal which gave Waterford the lead for the first time. Increasingly confident they had the measure of their opponents, Murray and Crotty extended the Déise advantage to three points as Limerick struggled to respond.
Limerick though continued to try and push forward and they were rewarded when sub Davy Lyons forced a turnover and dropped a teasing delivery across the face of the goals.

Tom McGlinchey will spend the week rallying his players in the wake of a last gasp defeat.

Tom McGlinchey will spend the week rallying his players in the wake of a last gasp defeat.


The Waterford failed to deal with the breaking ball and Seamus O’Carroll bundled the equaliser over the line.
Limerick weren’t content to leave it at that and relentless injury time assaults were finally rewarded when Seán McSweeney, who was on the field for only a few minutes, converted a free to give the home side a one point win that looked unlikely for the last quarter of the game. Waterford will host Leitrim at Fraher Field on Sunday next from 2pm.

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