An incredible night at the Regional Sports Centre saw Limerick pick up an important three points against Waterford. The spectators at the RSC were treated to a goal-fest as nine goals were fired home between the two sides as Waterford's Stanley Abor
An incredible night at the Regional Sports Centre saw Limerick pick up an important three points against Waterford.
The spectators at the RSC were treated to a goal-fest as nine goals were fired home between the two sides as Waterford's Stanley Aborah saw red in the first-half.
Limerick, who needed the points to get away from relegation trouble at the bottom of the Premier Division, got off to the perfect start after 10 minutes. Conor Clifford whipped in a corner and striker Danny Morrissey was on hand to finish.
Three minutes later, Morrissey notched a brace. Gaps in the Waterford defence were plentiful and Morrissey delivered a cool, calm finish to give the Shannonsiders the perfect start. In the 19th minute, Limerick's cause was helped after Stanley Aborah was shown a straight red card.
An incredible opening to the game for the away side was completed two minutes later as Billy Dennehy's cross found Karl O'Sullivan to tuck the ball home and to give the away side a three-goal lead.
Anyone who thought that would be game, set and match was mistaken however, as Waterford found a way back into the game nine minutes before the break. Ismahil Akinade was unlucky to see his effort come out off the crossbar but Rory Feely was on hand to finish the rebound.
Two minutes later, RSC hopes in the ten-men were lifted even further when on-loan and in-form Courtney Duffus found the net to reduce the deficit to just one goal. As Waterford continued to push forward, gaps began to appear at the back once again and Limerick took full advantage.
Mark O'Sullivan was brought on at the break for an injured Danny Morrissey and he sealed the perfect return to his old stomping ground when he finished Barry Maguire's through-ball with 30 minutes remaining.
The result looked assured until the final ten minutes. Duffus found the net once again to set up a grand-stand finish at the RSC as the 10-men of Waterford looked to secure an unlikely point.
However, it wasn't to be and Limerick went on to seal the result in some style as Maguire fired home with five minutes remaining and Billy Dennehy completed the dream away-day from the spot two minutes later to make it 6-3.
A remarkable contest, thoroughly entertaining as Limerick move up to eighth in the Premier Division with a crucial win for Tommy Barrett's boys.