Waterford leave Limerick a beaten docket at the RSC

Alan Reynolds: ‘I’m not sure who the bets were on but we wanted to win the match’

Dessie Hutchinson scored twice as Waterford finished the season with a 4-1 win over Limerick at the RSC. File photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dessie Hutchinson scored twice as Waterford finished the season with a 4-1 win over Limerick at the RSC. File photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

 

Waterford 4 Limerick 1

Waterford brushed off any talk of irregular betting patterns to complete a stellar season by hammering Limerick at the RSC on Friday night.

Blues manager Alan Reynolds felt the need to speak with his players beforehand about the rumours but dismissed any involvement by his squad.

“It’s a serious subject but our lads laughed it off,” he said. “I’m not sure who the bets were on but we wanted to win the match.”

The Blues began with impetus against a Limerick side more concerned about Monday’s crunch playoff first leg in Donegal against Finn Harps.

Defender Colman Kennedy gave referee Eoghan O’Shea an easy decision to award a penalty after three minutes for a push on John Martin in the box and up stepped Dessie Hutchinson to send Jack Brady the wrong way from the spot.

After Hutchinson and Izzy Akinade struck the woodwork, Limerick broke to score their first goal for 250 minutes when Conor Ellis squared for Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen to tap in.

Two minutes later and Waterford regained the lead. Hutchinson, home from a spell at Brighton and Hove Albion, delivered a pinpoint free-kick into the box for Comerford to nod home.

The one-way traffic continued in the second half. Man-of-the-match Hutchinson made it 3-1 on 63 minutes with a free kick which took a wicked deflection before John Martin added a fourth seven minutes later from a left-wing cross by substitute Gavan Holohan.

WATERFORD: M Connor; N Baba, D Webster, G Comerford, D Barnett; B Héry (P Keegan 62), D Hutchinson; D O’Halloran (G Holohan 68), J Martin, C Galvin (D Daly 46); I Akinade.

LIMERICK: J Brady; T O’Connor, K Cantwell (K O’Sullivan 60), C Kennedy, A Fitzgerald; C Walsh-O’Loghlen, G Barry, D Murphy, B Maguire (C Coleman 46); C Ellis (D Morrissey 68), A Foley.

Referee: E O’Shea (Tipperary)

Attendance: 1,891.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.