Monday 26 February 2018

Waterford still have plenty to work on

Brian O'Halloran of Waterford. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Brian O'Halloran of Waterford. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Waterford got back on the horse again but it was far from flawless. They shot some great scores but they had an awful lot of atrocious wides as well.

They won't need me to tell them that 17 wides against Kilkenny in an All-Ireland semi-final just won't do and they will also know that they will have to score goals. Winning via the points route against Kilkenny is an almost impossible task.

Waterford didn't commit too many men to the full-forward line and when you do that, it forces you to shoot from longer distances.

But in saying that, it's one thing hitting that many wides but they had the ball to do so in the first place. Sharpening their accuracy will definitely be high on the agenda in training this week.

I expect Waterford to have a good cut at Kilkenny. I think it will be a lot closer than people think. Waterford know them well and they won't be changing their system, which is tough to break down.

Brian Cody will give them the utmost respect. There are a lot of tournaments and challenge matches played between the two counties so there will be a familiarity aspect.

Wexford were well beaten and they were just out of their depth. When they look at their overall season, they will know that they were missing a lot of key players.

They didn't go down without a fight and it will be interesting to see what happens now with the management. Will they stay or will they go? For me, all things considered, they have had a good season.

Clare aside, the four best teams are left. It should be a brilliant finish to the Championship.

Irish Independent

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