Waterford 1-35 Offaly 0-14
It was a case of men against boys in Tullamore on Saturday afternoon as Waterford hammered Offaly by 24 points. It was Offaly who made a bright start though and they led by 0-04 to 0-02 after 12 minutes, with Shane Dooley firing over four frees. However, once Waterford got ahead it was difficult for Offaly to claw the scores back. Indeed, Waterford hit eight in a row in a 10 minute period, with Gleeson, Brick Walsh, Pauric Mahony and Tadgh De Burca all registering points for Derek McGrath’s side. James Mulrooney’s point for Offaly was their only score from play in 30 minutes of hurling on 18 minutes. Waterford pushed on further and the game was over at half time to be honest as a long puck out from Stephen O’Keeffe found Shane Bennett on the edge of the Offaly square, McGrath catched, turned and fired the ball past James Dempsey on 33 minutes. Austin Gleeson, Jamie Barron and Maurice Shanahan added further points and Waterford were in control at the break 1-18 to 0-08.
Offaly had the aid of the wind in the second half, but it didn’t prove to mean to much as Waterford kept hammering away and pointing scores at their own will. Waterford had the luxury of emptying the bench in the second half as Derek McGrath will now turn his focus to Kilkenny next Saturday. Substitutes Tommy Ryan, Colin Dunford and Jake Dillion all rattled off points and only for James Dempsey in the Offaly goal, who made some superb saves, the Faithful County could have been beaten by more. It’s a rematch with Kilkenny for Waterford next weekend with the likely venue been Thurles once more.
Player of the Match: Austin Gleeson