Friday 20 April 2018

Barton wants more from Derry troops after they oust Déise men

Derry 1-17 Waterford 0-13

Danny Heavron of Derry scoring his side's first goal Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Danny Heavron of Derry scoring his side's first goal Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Derry manager Damian Barton says that his Derry side have plenty of room for improvement as they look to move deep into the qualifiers again.

Derry secured a comprehensive seven-point win over Waterford at a sun-drenched Fraher Field on Saturday in front of just 1,067.

Waterford's Donie Breathnach in action against Karl McKaigue of Derry Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Waterford's Donie Breathnach in action against Karl McKaigue of Derry Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Both teams operated with a blanket defence but with target-man Danny Heavron impressing on the edge of the square, Derry pulled clear in the second half.

The win sees them into the next round of the qualifiers, where they will aim for similar achievements to last year when they came within a point of reaching Croke Park.

Following their Ulster Championship exit to Tyrone, Derry bounced back here and once James McGrath was black-carded for Waterford, Derry were too strong.

"We had too many wides especially in the first half. We played a bit of roulette, we pushed up man to man and they got inside us too easily. Equally, we got back into a scoring position as well," said Barton.

Waterford manager Tom McGlinchey Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Waterford manager Tom McGlinchey Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

"We missed too many chances, even after we scored the decisive goal, we kicked 1-5 without reply and should have kicked on. If you want to be critical, I don't think anybody should be missing placed balls at this level.

"We have a bit to work on but we are into the next round and theoretically it should be a bigger and better challenge and that's what we want at this time."

Waterford played with the breeze in the first half but despite their inspired performance against Cork in the Munster Championship, they began slowly.

Niall Loughlin kicked two early scores for Derry and that set the tone, and Waterford were 0-4 to 0-0 in arrears before Gavin Crotty kicked their first point in the tenth minute.

But when McGrath pulled back Heavron, who was through on goal, in the 17th minute he got a black card and Waterford were up against it even more. Derry raced into a 0-11 to 0-9 half-time lead and Waterford didn't score again until the 58th minute. In the meantime, Heavron blasted Derry's goal to seal the win in the 50th minute.

"At half-time while we were only down two points we were disappointed because we had a few chances to go in there level," said Waterford manager Tom McGlinchey. "Derry got the start in the second half that we wanted and they went up four points again but we came back into the game.

"But they got through for that goal one-on-one and they finished it and ultimately that finished our chance of winning the game."

Scorers - Derry: D Heavron 1-1; J Kielt (2f), D Tallon 0-3; N Loughlin (1f), R Bell, C McFaul 0-2; N Keenan, E McGuckian, C McKaigue, M Lynch 0-1. Waterford: D Breathnach 0-5 (3f); G Crotty 0-3; F ó Cuirrin, T Prendergast 0-2; P Whyte 0-1.

Derry - B McKinless 6; N Keenan 7, B Rogers 7, K McKaigue 8; C McFaul 9, C McKaigue 8, C McWilliams 7; C McAtamney 7, D Heavron 9; R Bell 9, N Loughlin 8, J Kielt 8; D Tallon 8, M McEvoy 7, B Heron 7. Subs: E McGuckian 8 for Loughlin (h-t), M Lynch 7 for Bell (45), S McGuigan 6 for Kielt (48), N Forrester 6 for McFaul (55), C Nevin 6 for McAtamney (60), G O'Neill 6 for Heron (63).

Waterford - S Enright 7; A Trihy 6, R ó Ceallaigh 6, T O'Gorman 7; J McGrath 6, S Prendergast 7, S Dalton 6; T Prendergast 7, M Curry 6; C Murray 6, P Whyte 7, F ó Cuirrin 7; D Breathnach 7, J Veale 6, G Crotty 7. Subs: M O'Halloran 7 for McGrath (BC, 18), P Hurney 6 for Veale (47), D Guiry 6 for Murray (50), L ó Corraoin 6 for Dalton (54), F Galvin 6 for ó Cuirrin (61), K Murphy 6 for T Prendergast (72).

Ref - J Henry (Mayo)

Irish Independent

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