Friday 20 April 2018

Waterford end 65-year wait for All-Ireland minor success

Waterford 1-21 Galway 0-16

Patrick Curran, Waterford, in action against Darragh O'Donoghue
Patrick Curran, Waterford, in action against Darragh O'Donoghue

Waterford bridged a 65-year gap today to claim the 2013 All-Ireland Minor Hurling title after a victory over Galway at Croke Park.

Patrick Curran was the star man on show with 1-7 but in truth it was a fabulous team performance.

Waterford opened the scoring inside the first minute with Patrick Curran sending over a free he earned himself.

Curran and Brian Molloy swapped frees before a superb turn and score from Waterford's Stephen Bennett.

Darragh Dolan responded with a fine score for Mattie Murphy's men before Conor Whelan levelled the game at three points apiece after nine minutes.

A delicious sideline cut from Adrian Morrisey was cancelled out by Curran and the sides were level for a second time.

Colm Roche put the Deise back in front with a brilliant brace before Galway keeper Cathal Tuohy denied Mikey Kearney a goal.

Patrick Curran slotted the resultant 65 and Mikey Kearney added a point to stretch Waterford's advantage to four points.

Curran and Ronan O'Meara exchanged points before Cathal Tuohy produced another excellent save to deny Stephen Bennett who had championship goals to his credit this year.

Pat Curran's influence was growing and he added a skillful point from play but Darragh Dolan scored a point and Ronan O'Meara added a brace to cut the deficit to two points.

Bennett responded with a point for Waterford before Dolan and DJ Foran exchaned injury time points and Waterford led by 0-12 to 0-9 at the break.

Stephen Bennett opened the second half scoring for Waterford and Curran added a beauty from a tight angle to go five points up.

Two Brian Molloy frees, a fourth point from Ronan O'Meara and another from Brian Burke cut the deficit to a single point by the 43rd minute.

Mikey Kearney responded with a brilliant point on the run.

A brace from Brian Molloy restored parity at 15 points apiece before TomDevine edged Waterford back in front.

Austin Gleeson doubled their advantage with eight minutes remaining before Colm Roche added another after fine interplay from the Waterford forwards.

Mikey Kearney hit a point before a poor Galway puck out was seized upon by Patrick Curran to hit the net.

Shane Cooney hit back with a free to put six between the teams with two minutes to go but Stephen Bennett cancelled it out and added Waterford's 15th point from play as they ran out eight point winners.

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