McFaul inspires Derry to decisive defeat of Déise
Derry 1-17 Waterford 0-13
Ciaran McFaul gave a brilliant performance for Derry as they returned from their long journey to Dungarvan with a seven-point victory over Waterford in Round 1A of the qualifiers before a crowd of just 1,067.
After losing to Tyrone last year, Derry went on an impressive run in the qualifiers and they will hope to emulate that this summer.
Waterford had James McGrath black-carded in the opening half and their blanket defence couldn't resist the precision of the Derry attackers. Having led by two at the break, the crucial score came when Danny Heavron hit Derry's goal in the 50th minute to put them 1-14 to 0-9 in front - and that effectively sealed the win.
Waterford were playing with the aid of a slight breeze in the first-half but they still packed out their defence with 14 men often behind the ball. Derry did likewise, but they opened the scoring after just 66 seconds when Niall Loughlin tapped over a free, and he added another point shortly after. The visitors were pressurising their opponents' kick-out and, after a couple of scuffed frees from Donie Breathnach, they increased their lead through Danny Tallon and Ciaran McFaul.
It was 0-4 to 0-0 in the ninth minute and Waterford finally got their first score after a sweeping move which resulted in Gavin Crotty scoring a minute later.
That became a feature of the first-half from Waterford, but they were hit with a massive blow in the 17th minute.
The teams traded scores and Derry raced into a 0-6 to 0-3 lead before McGrath was black-carded when he impeded Heavron, who in turn saw his shot saved brilliantly by Stephen Enright in the Waterford goal.
James Kielt, who was a late inclusion instead of the injured Enda Lynn, scored the free and he added two more points before half-time. But Waterford were probing and their runs from midfield yielded points for Crotty and Ferghal Ó Cuirrin before the break, while Breathnach began to find his range from frees.
It was 0-11 to 0-9 at half time in favour of the visitors and Emmett McGuckian replaced Niall Loughlin before adding to Derry's lead within a minute.
Derry continued to kick over the points, and even despite a few wides, they held a 0-14 to 0-9 lead in the 50th minute before Heavron scored their goal.
Karl McKaigue's pass put him through one-on-one with Enright, and this time he finished to the bottom right corner.
Mark Lynch came off the bench to add a point, with Tallon kicking his third score of the day.
Waterford finally got their first score of the second half when Breathnach scored a huge point with 12 minutes remaining, but it was too late for them.
Scorers - Derry: D Heavron 1-1; J Kielt (2f), D Tallon 0-3 each; N Loughlin (1f), R Bell, C McFaul 0-2 each; N Keenan, E McGuckian, C McKaigue, M Lynch 0-1 each.
Waterford: D Breathnach 0-5 (3f); G Crotty 0-3; F O Cuirrin, T Prendergast 0-2 each; P Whyte 0-1.
Derry: B McKinless; N Keenan, B Rogers, K McKaigue; C McFaul, C McKaigue, C McWilliams; C McAtamney, D Heavron; R Bell, N Loughlin, J Kielt; D Tallon, M McEvoy, B Heron. Subs: E McGuckian for Loughlin (half-time), M Lynch for Bell (45), S McGuigan for Kielt (48), N Forrester for McFaul (55), C Nevin for McAtamney (60), G O'Neill for Heron (63).
Waterford: S Enright; A Trihy, R Ó Ceallaigh, T O'Gorman; J McGrath, S Prendergast, S Dalton; T Prendergast, M Curry; C Murray, P Whyte, F Ó Cuirrin; D Breathnach, J Veale, G Crotty. Subs: M O'Halloran for McGrath (18, black card), P Hurney for Veale (47), D Guiry for Murray (50), L Ó Corraoin for Dalton (54), F Galvin for O Cuirrin (61), K Murphy for T Prendergast (72).
Referee: J Henry (Mayo).
Sunday Indo Sport