On This Day: Limerick see off Waterford in final game in front of fans in 2020


March 7

On this day last year, Limerick played their final game in front of fans as they beat Waterford in their final group game of the National Hurling League.

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Limerick made it five from five in the 2020 National Hurling League as they saw off Waterford 1-21 to 1-17 in the LIT Gaelic Grounds.

John Kiely’s side hit the ground running and were 0-4 to 0-1 to the good early on with Graeme Mulcahy grabbing a couple.

Waterford hit back with three of the next four scores but were hit with a blow as Geaoid Hegarty got the games first goal after 28 minutes.

At the half Limerick led 1-8 to 0-7 as Waterford only got one score from play in the opening 35 minutes.

The hosts were able to keep their opponents at arms length on the resumption and were 1-14 to 0-10 clear after 55 minutes.

The advantage was out to eight before Jack Fagan got a lifeline for the Deise as struck a ferocious shot into the net.

But Limerick didn’t panic and soon reestablished a dominant lead.

Waterford kept at it but never got within striking distance of the defending League champions as Limerick booked their place in the semi-finals.

7 March 2020; David Dempsey of Limerick is tackled by Pauric Mahony of Waterford during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Group A Round 3 match between Limerick and Waterford at LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

However, just five days later, the GAA would cease operations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and Limerick wouldn’t return to action until October 25.

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