Waterford IT have that bit extra over Limerick IT

Full-forward Jake Dillon hit the winning point for WIT three minutes before the end of extra-time

LIT’s Tony Kelly and WIT’s Thomas Hamill in action.  Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

LIT’s Tony Kelly and WIT’s Thomas Hamill in action. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

 

Limerick IT 3-17 Waterford IT 2-21

Waterford IT staged an incredible comeback from 10 points down to beat Limerick IT after extra-time in yesterday’s Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final in Belfast.

Ballygunnar’s Pauric Mahony hit 0-16, all but one from placed balls, with 12 of those points coming in normal time, but it was full-forward Jake Dillon who hit the winning point for WIT three minutes before the end of extra-time.

LIT led by 1-15 to 0-8 after 39 minutes and looked to be cruising to victory. Cathal McInerney got the only goal of the first-half after 25 minutes after a lovely turn and low finish to the net to give LIT a 1-12 to 0-6 lead at half-time.

LIT took a commanding 10-point lead with 21 minutes to go, but then WIT sprang to life and hit 1-7 without reply in the second half. Harry Kehoe got the first of two goals for them in the 46th minute to ignite the fightback. They drew level at 1-15 each with two minutes remaining.

In an exciting finish, Clare’s Cathal McInerney thought he’d won it for LIT when he kicked the ball into the net with only 51 seconds remaining, after a great catch by Philip Ivors to set up the chance.

WIT goalkeeper Stephen O’Keefe instantly shrugged off the disappointment of conceding a last-minute goal and launched a long puck out. Goalkeeper Aaron Murphy came off his line to meet it and batted the sliothair down straight into the path of Harry Kehoe who pulled on it brilliantly first time from 30 yards out and the ball flew into the net seconds before the hooter sounded.

The sides still could not be separated at half-time in extra-time, Tony Kelly with LIT’s third goal drawing them level at 3-16 to 2-19 at the break.

The sides traded points before Dillon’s late winner put WIT through to today’s final.

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