Limerick’s quest for four-in-a-row began at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Sunday afternoon as they defeated Waterford by 1-18 to 0-19.
The Treaty men, who took home their 14th National League title after beating Kilkenny in the decider at Pairc Ui Chaoimh earlier this month, had to fight for the victory though and finished the game with 14 men after Gearoid Hegarty was sent off.
John Kiely named 13 of the players who started last year’s All-Ireland final in his side for the clash.
Limerick: N. Quaid; S. Finn, D. Morrissey, B. Nash; D. Byrnes, D. Hannon (c), K. Hayes; D. O’Donovan, W. O’Donoghue; G. Hegarty, C. Lynch, T. Morrissey; A. Gillane, S. Flanagan, P. Casey.
Subs: J. Power, C. Boylan, M. Casey, R. Connolly, C. Coughlan, R. English, G. Mulcahy, B. Murphy, D. Ó Dalaigh, C. O’Neill, D. Reidy.
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