Limerick’s minor hurlers will travel to last year’s losing finalists Waterford on Saturday fully confident that they can cause another upset to make it to the Pairc Ui Choimh final in July following their quarter-final win over the much-fancied Cork.
Limerick caught many by surprise with a 2-14 to 0-12 win back in April while Waterford’s six point win over Tipperary proved that Liam O’Connor’s well-regarded selection are capable of going all the way.
Limerick have not reached a minor final since 2005 but their attacking line, in particular centre-forward Shane Dowling and corner-forward Jack O’Connor, is one to be reckoned with.
The young Shannonsiders play a hard and fast style of hurling and will need to be at their best to overcome Waterford who are considered one of the best counties in the country at minor level.
Though they have failed to dominate the province like their Senior counterparts, Waterford’s 2009 Munster championship was seen as the culmination of a decade long rise in standard of underage hurling in the county and this side looks to have continued that progress with a number of players catching the eye.
The half line of Stephen O’Neill, Jim Power and number six Darren Foley have proved a solid selection so far while Jake Dillon who is likely to lead The Déise’s front six is highly rated.
Waterford will go in as favourites on the day but they will have to give the Treatystone men their full attention as any side capable of beating Cork is one worthy of their place.
Head to head
Munster Minor Hurling titles:
Waterford – 4, last in 2009
Limerick – 5, last in 1984
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000:
Waterford: W. 9 D. 3 L. 15
Limerick: W. 8 D.2 L.14
May 6th 2009,Gaelic Grounds, Limerick – Munster Semi-Final Playoff: Waterford 4-8 to Limerick 1-14