Sunday, 22nd July 2018
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Curry nets the two points

The Waterford Senior Footballers travelled to McGovern Park in Ruislip last weekend in a bid to redress the present slump in results in the Allianz National League. Following a good draw in their opening outing against Wicklow , and despite some good performances, the team has been unable to accumulate any more points in the division. Travelling away to London and securing a win could prove a huge impetus to the Tom McGlinchy outfit and with one outstanding game to play against Leitrim there is every conceivable chance that if the results go in favour of the Deise they could end up in the top half of the league table. The Exiles for their part have had an improved league this year and Ciaran Dooley and his charges were highly fancied to claim the points.

Featuring no less than six of the very strong Tir Chonail Gaels club (five championships and five leagues in the last ten years) it was going to have to be a much improved performance from the visitors if they were hoping to claim a win. Before referee Barry Judge got proceedings underway the Waterford management were forced to make a number of changes before the throw-in with Paul Walsh, Joe Allen and Kieran Murphy coming into the starting fifteen.

London were much the better outfit in the opening quarter with Adrian Moyles, Killian Butler and Fearghal McMahon driving the hosts to a 1-8 to 0-3 lead midway through the half. The goal from Butler helping the London side to a 1-10 to 0-7 half time lead. Indeed the front line of the London attack (Butler, McMahon and his clubmate Ryan Elliott) along with Moyles were causing problems for the Waterford defence and saw the home team deservedly well ahead at the break. Waterford for their part improved into the game in the second quarter of that opening half with point from Jason Curry( 0-5) and one apiece from Tommy Prendergast and Joey Veale.

The second half saw Waterford continue where they left off before the break and with the accuracy of Jason Curry who clinically finished the opening goal for the Deise, they got level at 1-11 apiece. The game was drifting away from the Londoners. Looking for their first win in fourteen months the visitors gradually got their noses in front and despite a huge effort from the hosts it was Waterford who prevailed on a 1-16 to 1-14 scoreline.

No doubt going into their final game of the competition this was a huge boost for all the panel and with the championship door just around the corner perhaps the break from intercounty competition in April will give another chance to boost the desire for a good championship campaign.

Incidentally both Derry and Wexford will be competing in Division Four in 2019 after both were relegated from the higher division. In the case of the Oak Leaf County it is a far cry from their exploits in 2014 when they went all the way to the National League Final. Both Laois and Carlow secured the promotion places from the lower division and will replace both Wexford and Derry in the 2019 campaign.

Senior Hurling League Take Off

As agreed by Croke Park the month of April has been designated for club competitions although, the final games of the Allianz League have still to be completed due to the unfortunate postponement because of the inclement weather two weeks ago. That Senior Hurling and Football Leagues are progressing and the results last weekend were; Abbeyside/Ballinacourty 2-17, Mount Sion 1-15; De La Salle 0-20, An Rinn, 1-14; Passage 1-18, Fourmilewater 0-14; Dungarvan 2-18, Ballyduff Upper, 0-21; Lismore 2-17, Tallow 1-17. In essence some senior hurling clubs are showing a real early season form and both Passage who beat Abbeyside, 1-16 to 1-3 and Lismore who beat Ballygunner 2-23 to 3-15 the previous week, perhaps the pick of the bunch although really very early in the year.

Director General

The GAA has appointed Carlow native Tom Ryan as the new DG of the Association. Mr. Ryan who was Financial Director will now step into the shoes of Padraig Duffy who is retiring this year. We wish the incoming Faughs clubman the very best in his new role. Among the many issues facing Tom Ryan will be that "old chestnut" of club v county. I can guarantee it will not go away and will surely figure on the agenda of the Director General on many occasions.

Fundraising Effort

A table quiz to raise funds for the Waterford Minor Footballers will take place at 8.30 pm on Thursday next 29th March in Crottys Leamybrien. Costing just E40.00 for a table of four no doubt a good night is expected with John "Jackson" Kiely as quizmaster. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

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