Monday 22 January 2018

O Lionain magic puts paid to Carlow

A storming finish saw 14-man Waterford round off their campaign with a win at Dr Cullen Park.

Niall Carew's side were down to 14 men after 30 minutes when Shane Aherne received a second yellow. But the hosts could only muster a single point from play in the half as they led 0-5 to 0-4 at the break.

It was point for point for much of the second half – after 55 minutes the sides were tied at 0-8 each. But in the closing stages the pace of Waterford's Liam O Lionain provided major problems.

Carlow simply folded as Waterford hit a succession of points. Deise manager Carew was very pleased to have finished the campaign with a win. Carlow counterpart Anthony Rainbow said his focus was now on the Leinster SFC clash with Westmeath on May 19.

Man of the Match: L O Lionain (Waterford).

Scorers – Waterford: B Wall 0-4 (2fs), P Hurney 0-3 (2fs), L Ó Lionáin, G Hurney (1f) 0-2 each, S Aherne (f), N Walsh, R Aherne, S O'Hare 0-1 each. Carlow: Brian Murphy 0-6 (5fs), C Moran 0-2, J Murphy, J Kennedy (f) 0-1 each.

Waterford – T Wall 6; T Grey 7, T Ó hUaillacháin 6, A Doyle 6; S Bourke 6, S Briggs 7, J Hurney 7; S Aherne 6, B Wall 7; N Walsh 6, L Ó Lionáin 8, P Hurney 7; D Guiry 5, T Prendergast 5, D Hallahan 5. Subs: R Aherne 6 for Hallalhan (50); G Hurney 6 for J Hurney (55); S O'Hare for Prendergast (61); C Buckey for B Wall (67).

Carlow – A O'Brien 6; B J Molloy 6, S Mernagh 5, B Kavanagh 7; J O'Donoghue 6, D Hayden 6, T Bolger 6; Brendan Murphy 6, J Murphy 6; A Kelly 5, R Walker 6, C Moran 6; Brian Murphy 7, J Kennedy 5, K Jackson 5. Subs: S Redmond 6 for Mernagh (h-t); S Gannon 6 for Hayden (48); M Doyle for Bolger (67); C Lawler for Brendan Murphy (67).

Ref – N Ward (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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