Waterford bowed of the Munster and All-Ireland hurling Championship following defeat to a sharper and superior Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds this afternoon.
Limerick remain unbeaten, and they along with Cork and Clare will battle it out for a place in the Provincial Final next weekend.
The first half was all one way traffic as the Shannonsiders held a 2-14 to 0-7 lead.
Waterford lost defender Shane Fives through an injury as Shane McNulty made an early appearence.
Gearóid Hegarty netted the games opening goal with a cracking finish midway through the opening half and was shortly followed by another goal, as Graham Mulcahy tapped home from close range following an error from Stephen O’ Keeffe.
A brace of Pauric Mahony points and a Stephen Bennett effort reduced the deficit to 2-7 to 0-5 but Limerick bgean to re-assert their dominance with six points in a row, a hat trick of scores from the impressive Shane Dowling, a brace from Tom Morrissey and one from Kyle Hayes.
Pauric Mahony hit late scores for the visitors as the home team held a comfortable 13 point lead at the change of ends.
Substitute Tommy Ryan gave Waterford a glimmer of hope with a well take goal to leave it 2-16 to 1-9 but the comeback was short lived.
Limerick hot scores at ease, Shane Dowling was immaculate from placed balls, he ended with fifteen points as Seamus Flanagan, Gearóid Hegarty, and David Dempsey chipped in with scores.
Pauric Mahony hit over a couple of pointed frees as substitutes Maurice Shanahan and Mikey Kearney also got on target.
The home side eased their way to a comfortable thirteen point win, the final score reading Limerick 2-26 Waterford 1-16.
Speaking to Tomás McCarthy after the game, Déise selector Dan Shanahan says the defeat is tough to take.
Dan says Limerick’s two goals in quick succession proved crucial.
Dan says the squad kept battling to the end on a difficult afternoon.