Saturday 24 March 2018

Foley happy to hand over Deise scoring duties despite red-hot cameo

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

HE may have been the country's top scorer in the first weekend of the Allianz Hurling League, but Waterford's Richie Foley says he can't wait to hand back the scoring responsibilities to his team's regular sharpshooter, Eoin Kelly.

Manager Davy Fitzgerald's decision to throw Foley into a new centre-forward role certainly bore fruit in their league opener against Dublin, as he racked up 2-10.

Only Martin Ormonde, playing for Fingal, came anywhere close on the NHL's opening day, scoring 2-8 in Division 3B where defensive standards are far more lax.

But the Abbeyside star confessed it's a role he'll gladly forfeit as soon as Kelly returns from injury.


"I'm not used to scoring goals and I don't usually have to worry about scores. I'd be more than delighted to hand over the frees to Eoin when he comes back," Foley said.

He will likely have to reprise the role against Wexford next weekend as Kelly was not even among Waterford's subs last week and Foley said he's happy to continue for as long as is necessary.

"It's great stepping over frees, and it's good when they go over, but we need leaders all over the field and I think that's what we're getting slowly," he said.

Dublin face All-Ireland champions Tipperary in a big double-header next weekend, but they will not start their recent recruit, former Premier star Ryan O'Dwyer.

Dublin boss Anthony Daly has revealed that O'Dwyer has cartilage damage in his shoulder that needs surgery, though O'Dwyer has chosen to defer it.

"He's not going for surgery because he'd be out for four months so he wants to soldier on. He'll be mad to play this week, but we'll try and mind him from himself for a bit," Daly said.

Irish Independent

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