Limerick maintained their winning start to their League campaign with an impressive 2-11 to 0-8 win on the road against Waterford. The match was played in front of TV cameras at Waterford Institute of Technology's Carrignore Sports Complex and both Limerick goals featured on RTE's Six-One News bulletin.
The visitors always held the upper hand against the Division 1 newcomers, leading at half time by 1-6 to 0-3. Niamh Mulcahy was influential as usual for Limerick and scored all of her side’s points in the opening period. Limerick's goal came after a dynamic attack involving Muireann Creamer and Niamh Ryan whose pass put Caoimhe Costelloe one on one with Waterford keeper and the Adare star made no mistake from that range.
Trish Jackman had the hosts’ three first-half points but Limerick possessed a greater attacking threat as the Waterford defence struggled to cope with the movement of the Limerick attack. Waterford did have a goal chance and it took a great save from Claire Keating to deny them as the ball headed for the top corner.
With Niamh Mulcahy and Caoimhe Costelloe providing the second-half points it was Niamh Ryan who was again the provider as her pass put substitute Sinéad McNamara into space and the Na Piarsaigh star smashed a rising shot to the far corner of the Waterford net to put the result beyond any doubt.
With winning momentum maintained Limerick will travel in good spirits to Derry next week for their penultimate round clash with hopes high of securing a semi-final slot.
Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 0-9 (5 frees), Caoimhe Costelloe (1-2), Sinéad McNamara (1-0)
Limerick: Claire Keating (Cappamore), Maguerite McCarthy (Ahane), Lorraine McCarthy (capt) (Bruff), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry), Niamh Richardson (Murroe Boher), Donna Mulcahy (Killeedy), Karen O'Leary (Newcastle West), Siobhán Enright (Granagh Ballingarry), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Niamh Ryan (Bruff)
In a high scoring Munster A Shield Semi-Final that went to extra time Limerick's U16 team edged through to a final meeting with Clare with a 4-7 to 2-11 win over Waterford in Doneraile on Sunday.
Goals from Edel Cunningham and Ciara Barry kept Limerick in touch as they exchanged scores with Waterford in a very close first half that ended with the Shannonsiders behind by a single point 2-3 to 2-4.
Limerick started best after the break with a goal from Sophie Carroll and a second for Ciara Barry that sent Limerick into a 4-4 to 2-6 lead by midway through the half. However Waterford picked off Limerick's lead with a succession of well taken points to level the score at the end of normal time 4-4 to 2-10.
Limerick opened the scoring in extra time with a Róisín Ambrose point however Waterford responded to level again. This was to prove to be their final score as points from Róisin Ambrose and Ciara Barry gave Limerick a deserved victory.
It was an excellent hard fought win from the Limerick girls which puts the disappointment of their opening match behind them and sets up a final clash with Clare.
Limerick Scorers: Ciara Barry 2-1, Edel Cunningham 1-1, Sophie Carroll 1-0, Róisin Ambrose 0-3, Anna-Rose Kennedy 0-1, Aoife Curtin 0-1
Limerick were made to pay for a slow start by an impressive Galway side as they fell to a heavy 5-10 to 0-10 defeat in Gort on Saturday. Two early goals from Galway corner forward Siobhán McGrath gave the Tribeswomen into a strong lead inside the first quarter.
Limerick settled in the latter part of the half with Leah Riordan accurate from placed balls and created a goal chance of their own but Caoimhe Lyon's shot was saved by Sarah Healy in the Galway net. Unfortunately it was Galway who got the goal before the break to give them a 4-8 to 0-3 lead.
Limerick were much improved after the break and closed the gap gradually with scores from Caoimhe Lyons and an excellent point from out on the right from substitute Liz Carmody. However with goals required the Galway defence held firm under sustained Limerick pressure and got a late goal to extend their lead before the final whistle.
A disappointing game for the Limerick girls but they deserve great credit for battling hard right up to the end but they had left themselves a mountain to climb against a very strong Galway side. They will no doubt regroup for their final group game at home to Waterford on 3rd April with qualification for the semi-finals still very much on the cards.
Limerick Scorers: Leah Riordan 0-4 (all frees), Liz Carmody 0-3 (2 frees), Caoimhe Lyons 0-2