Limerick proved they will be a force to be reckoned with for the next couple of years as they displayed a tactical masterpiece in taking apart the Waterford game plan bit by bit. It was unfortunate and The Déise had certainly played their final against Kilkenny two weeks ago. They simply had no answer to what Limerick brought to Croke Park. Let it not be said that Waterford didn't give everything. From Stephen O' Keeffe's heroics in the first half to a young Iarlaith Daly stepping in early on to replace the injured Tadgh De Burca, Stephen Bennett kept us in it and Jack Prendergast left everything on the pitch but it simply wasn't our day. Entering this final the build up was promising and underdogs or not, Waterford were no strangers to All-Ireland finals. A lot of commentators had written us off and unless a seismic shock happened, Limerick were expected to coast to another title. The third quarter was the most important and it was where Waterford had turned around deficits in previous matches in exciting fashion. However, Limerick remained solid and steadfast and saw out the remainder of the match with ease. We congratulate them on their victory. A sincere well done to all the Waterford players and mentors, to all the supporters around the county who wore the colours with pride and we hope that elusive All Ireland title is not too far away.
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