Co-Op Munster Hurling League – Waterford 4-21 Kerry 0-15

Waterford defeated Kerry by 4-21 to 0-15 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League on Saturday January 28th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Full-strength Déise punish Kingdom

Waterford 4-21 Kerry 0-16

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford’s big hitters returned to demolish Kerry by 17 points on Saturday. Pauric Mahony, Austin Gleeson and Michael Walsh opened up in the January sunshine at Fraher Field.

“We followed the same path as last year, relatively experimental up until today,” Waterford manager Derek McGrath explained. “It wasn’t out of disrespect to Kerry or otherwise, it was just part of our plan that today we would give more of the regulars some game-time.”

On 11 minutes, Stephen Bennett punished a Kerry error with a three-pointer. Two more followed through Walsh and Gleeson and 3-3 without reply created an 11-point gap at half-time.

Subs Thomas Ryan and Brian O’Halloran drove it on during the second period. A trademark Walsh handpass allowed Ryan to hit the net again after 62 minutes.

McGrath revealed that goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe may miss the start of the NHL due to a nasty cut to his arm. “He probably won’t feature in the first couple of rounds but we were going with a split decision anyway this year with the ‘keepers.”

Kerry manager Fintan O’Connor rued those sloppy first-half goals. The Kingdom host Laois in the opening round of the NHL next month.

“1B is so competitive, you’re just fighting for points every week. We’ll be scrapping to get whatever we can,” he said.

Scorers –
Waterford: P Mahony 0-14 (8fs, 65′), A Gleeson 1-2, T Ryan 1-1, S Bennett, M Walsh 1-0 each, B O’Halloran 0-3, C Gleeson 0-1
Kerry: S Nolan 0-7 (6fs, 65’), M Boyle, D Collins, P Boyle 0-2 each, J Egan, J Goulding, C Harty 0-1 each.

Waterford – I O’Regan; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; C Gleeson, T de Búrca, S Daniels; K Moran, M Kearney; M Walsh, A Gleeson, P Mahony; J Dillon, S Bennett, P Curran
Subs: B O’Halloran for Curran (h-t), T Ryan for Bennett (h-t), J Barron for Kearney (48), D Fives for De Búrca (51), DJ Foran for A Gleeson (59).

Kerry – A McCabe; B Murphy, P Costello, S Weir; J Griffin, D Dineen, K Carmody; J Goulding, P O’Connor; D Collins, M Boyle, J Conway; J Egan, P Boyle, S Nolan
Subs: C Harty for Egan (h-t), J O’Connor for Griffin (47), S Murphy for Conway (51), J Godley for P O’Connor (61), P Lucid for Nolan (64).

Ref – N Wall (Cork)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Waterford in the Munster Senior Hurling League in Dungarvan on Saturday next (12:30pm) shows 6 changes from the side that played Limerick in Round 3 on Sunday last as the Kerry management rotate the players in the squad.

Into the side come Martin Stackpoole, Bryan Murphy, Darren Dineen, Paudie O’Connor, Jordan Conway, and John Egan.

The team captained by Daniel Collins of Kilmoyley is as follows:

1 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw
2 Bryan Murphy Causeway
3 Paud Costello Ballyduff
4 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
5 Keith Carmody Causeway
6 Darren Dineen St Brendans
7 John Griffin Lixnaw
8 Jack Goulding Ballyduff
9 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
10 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills
11 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
12 Daniel Collins (C) Kilmoyley
13 John Egan St Brendans
14 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff
15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

Fir Ionaid:

16 Aiden McCabe Kilmoyley
17 John Buckley Lixnaw
18 James Godley Kilmoyley
19 James O’Connor Abbeydorney
20 Colum Harty Causeway
21 Billy Lyons Causeway
22 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills
23 Stephen Murphy Causeway
24 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney
25 Fionán Horgan St Brendans
26 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue