DEREK MCGRATH SAW his Waterford team claim their first victory in Division 1A of the Allianz hurling league this afternoon against Galway in Walsh Park.
The Deise bounced back from last Saturday’s loss to Tipperary to have six points to spare over the Tribesmen.
Galway entered the game buoyed by last week’s comprehensive success over Dublin but they trailed by 0-9 to 0-8 at the interval with Pauric Mahony scoring freely for the Deise.
Newcomer Jason Flynn from the Tommie Larkins club hit the net in the second-half for Galway as they drew level at 1-11 to 0-14. But Ray Barry notched a few points as Waterford pulled clear in the finale.
Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-11 (0-6f), Ray Barry 0-4, Seamus Prendergast 0-2, Kevin Moran, Stephen Molumphy, Ryan Donnelly, Stephen Roche 0-1 each.
Scorers for Galway: Conor Cooney 0-6 (0-2f), Cathal Mannion 0-3, Jason Flynn 1-0, Padraig Brehony 0-2, David Burke, Niall Healy 0-1 each.
WATERFORD: Ian O’Regan; Tadhg Bourke, Shane Fives, Noel Connors; Jamie Nagle, Michael Walsh, Philip Mahony; Kevin Moran, Shane O’Sullivan; Ray Barry, Pauric Mahony, Stephen Molumphy; Ryan Donnelly, Seamus Prendergast, Brian O’Sullivan.
Subs: Jake Dillon for B O’Sullivan (45), Jamie Barron for Molumphy (50), Eddie Barrett for S O’Sullivan (59), Stephen Roche for Prendergast (63), Gavin O’Brien for Barry (66).
GALWAY: Colma Callanan; Fergal Moore, Ronan Burke, Johnny Coen; Aidan Harte, Iarla Tannian, David Collins; David Burke, Padraig Brehony; Kevin Hynes, Conor Cooney, Jason Flynn; Niall Healy, Cathal Mannion, David Glennon.
Subs: Padraig Landers for Hynes (28 mins), Daithi Burke for Glennon (43), Darragh Dolan for Landers (62), Richie Cummins for Mannion (65).
Referee: John Sexton (Cork)