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Bennett blows O'Moore men away as Déise stroll to victory

Waterford 4-22 Laois 1-15

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Waterford's Stephen Bennett scored 0-12 for the second game in a row. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Waterford's Stephen Bennett scored 0-12 for the second game in a row. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Waterford's Stephen Bennett scored 0-12 for the second game in a row. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Waterford made it two wins from two with a comfortable win over Laois at O'Moore Park yesterday.

The Déise racked up four goals, saw Stephen Bennett score 0-12 for the second game in a row, and welcomed Maurice Shanahan back as a late sub.

Waterford took the lead after a scrappy start, Mark O'Brien pointing from the left wing, but parity was soon restored. Mark Kavanagh landed a free for Laois after a foul on Neil Foyle, but that was as good as things got for the O'Moore men.

From the next attack, Jack Prendergast and Mikey Kearney combined to set up Patrick Curran, and he rifled a shot past Enda Rowland in the Laois goal. To hammer home their superiority, Waterford scored the next five points, all from Bennett.

PJ Scully tried to inspire the home side with a long-range free, but Waterford kept hitting back with interest. Mikey Kearney got his first of the day before Bennett added two more from frees to see the visitors lead by 10.

Laois rallied and Ryan Mullaney and Sean Downey both pointed from distance, but once again Waterford hit back. Kearney got his second point before Thomas Ryan's pace saw him through on goal, and he raised Waterford's second green flag.

Laois opened the second-half with a straight red card for Lee Cleere, and if the game wasn't over already, it certainly was now. Patrick Curran and Thomas Ryan added further goals for Waterford, Ryan's a cracking individual effort, with Mark Kavanagh managing a late consolation for Laois.

SCORERS - Waterford: S Bennett 0-12 (8f, 65), P Curran 2-2, T Ryan 2-1, M Kearney 0-3, DJ Foran, C Dunford, M O'Brien, M Shanahan 0-1 each. Laois: M Kavanagh 1-8 (8f), J Kelly 0-2, PJ Scully (f), R Mullaney, S Downey, N Foyle, W Dunphy 0-1 each.

WATERFORD - B Nolan 7; S McNulty 7, C Prunty 6, N Connors 6; M O'Brien 6, T de Burca 7, M Walsh 6; K Moran 7, S Roche 7; TJ Foran 7, M Kearney 8, J Prendergast 7; T Ryan 8, S Bennett 8, P Curran 8. Subs: C Dunford 6 for Kearney (ht), M Walsh 6 for de Burca (ht), B Power 6 for Prendergast (53), M Shanahan 6 for Foran (64)

LAOIS - E Rowland 7; J Kelly 6, M Whelan 6, J Phelan 6; C Phelan 5, R Mullaney 7, S Downey 6; PJ Scully 5, D Hartnett 6; J Lennon 5, E Lyons 5, A Dunphy 6; P Purcell 6, M Kavanagh 7, N Foyle 6. Subs: C Dwyer 6 for Scully (32), L Cleere 4 for C Phelan (ht), W Dunphy 6 for Dwyer (41, inj), P Delaney 6 for Downey (59), Stephen Maher 6 for Foyle (59)

Ref - C Cunning (Antrim)


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