14 man Wexford triumph and Limerick's wait for glory continues.
Limerick got the better start to the 1996 All Ireland Hurling Final and led by three points until the 19th minute. Tom Dempsey pulled on a loose ball and drove it to the net to give Wexford the only goal of the game. Now the sides were level and when Wexford's Eamonn Scallan was sent off for wild pull just before half time, Limerick fans must have been thinking that just maybe this could be their year. Yet it was fourteen man Wexford who adapted best and Tom Dempsey got the last score of the first half to put his side ahead at the break 1-08 to 0-10.
Limerick failed to adjust to the numerical advantage and would only score four points in the second half with two of those coming in the closing minutes. Tenacious defending and taking the chances when they came saw Wexford through to take the Liam McCarthy cup for the first time since 1968.
The final score was Wexford 1-13 Limerick 0-14.
Highlights shown here are taken from the Sunday Game broadcast on 1 September 1996. The commentator is Ger Canning.