RED on the double with a splash of yellow for Waterford, who finished with 13 men, but it's a green light for Limerick to advance to their second successive provincial decider.
Unfortunately, that was the extent of the colour on offer at Fraher Field, Dungarvan yesterday, where a hard-fought, uninspiring match was overshadowed by the palette of cards waved in the air by referee Syl Doyle of Wexford.
Six yellows -- five for Waterford -- and two reds for Decies midfielder Tommy Prendergast and right half-back Tony Grey might suggest it was a bloodbath, but it was nothing of the sort.
Limerick manager Micky Ned O'Sullivan reckoned it was nothing more than good, hard championship fare, in which both teams had only the intent of playing football.
He wasn't wrong, but in fairness to the man in the middle, Prendergast certainly swung an arm back as the ball dropped towards him and rival midfielder James O'Donovan in the 13th minute.
O'Donovan was behind Prendergast, and dropped to the ground. Contact was made, but from my vantage point it was not the point of an elbow directed with malicious intent.
No matter what you or I think, rules are there to be applied. Decision made. Prendergast walked. Straight red. Decies down to 14 men and set for a big struggle throughout the rest of the game. As for Grey's red card immediately prior to the final whistle, it didn't affect the result, but it was bizarre.
Allegedly he picked up a sideline flag and appeared to toss it in the direction of a Limerick player. The ref's attention was called by a linesman, after which Grey was sent off. Grey sought clarification after the match, but must now hope that video evidence can help his case.
By that stage of proceedings, Waterford's dreams of reaching the Munster final for the first time in 50 years had evaporated. Limerick's Ger Collins opened the scoring with a point after just 30 seconds and in the fifth minute he got the first goal of the game. A flying sprint and a cross by Stephen Kelly and there was Collins to tuck the ball into the net.
Waterford's Brian Wall had opened his side's account with a point from a free in the second minute, but Limerick, inspired by the quality and guile of the experienced John Galvin, dominated the possession. Another point by Collins from a free was answered by one from Waterford's Conor McGrath, and then came the sending-off of Prendergast.