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Déise claim first win over 14-man Kilkenny in 7 years

The reigning league champions were victorious over Brian Cody’s men at Walsh Park.

Jake Dillon celebrates a late point.
Jake Dillon celebrates a late point.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Waterford 0-14

Kilkenny 0-10

A GUTSY WATERFORD outfought 14-man Kilkenny on a heavy sod at Walsh Park to deliver their first win over Brian Cody’s side in seven years.

The reigning league champions hit 18 wides but they grafted ferociously hard in front of their home support. Colin Dunford, Jamie Barron, Austin Gleeson and Shane Bennett all starred for Derek McGrath’s men while a robust defence only conceded four points from play.

Six Waterford players got on the scoresheet as they led 0-8 to 0-6 by the break. A highly motivated Déise came out all guns blazing and crashed into the physical exchanges. In the absence of Tadhg De Burca, Darragh Fives withdrew as a spare defender.

League debutant Patrick Curran scored with his first touch followed by Maurice Shanahan and Jake Dillon. Kilkenny levelled at four points apiece as TJ Reid lashed over three. The dominant hosts rued eleven first half wides.

The black and amber got their noses in front for the first time on 27 minutes through Colin Fennelly. Waterford registered the last three points of the half with Colin Dunford buzzing at midfield. Shane Bennett’s shot screamed over the crossbar as he weaved through the Kilkenny defence.

Brian Cody Brian Cody. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

The visitors equalised for the fifth time early in the second half courtesy of Reid and Richie Hogan. Dunford continued to probe for openings however and the hosts managed to steady their shooting.

Maurice Shanahan posted two from play while Jake Dillon supplied one for Curran to push them 0-11 to 0-8 clear at the end of the third quarter.

Kilkenny lost Colin Fennelly on a second yellow with four minutes to play. Two late Shane Bennett frees sealed victory for Waterford. Huge roars greeted the insurance point from Jake Dillon in injury time. Stephen O’Keeffe repelled Padraig Walsh’s last gasp goal attempt.

Austin Gleeson holds onto possession Waterford's Austin Gleeson and Richie Hogan of Kilkenny. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Scorers for Waterford: Patrick Curran (1f), Maurice Shanahan (1f), Shane Bennett (2fs) 0-3 each, Jake Dillon, Colin Dunford 0-2 each, Austin Gleeson 0-1.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-7 (6fs), Padraig Walsh, Colin Fennelly, Richie Hogan 0-1 each.


1. Stephen O’Keeffe

2. Shane Fives
3. Barry Coughlan
4. Noel Connors

10. Kevin Moran
6. Darragh Fives
7. Philip Mahony

8. Jamie Barron
5. Austin Gleeson

12. Michael Walsh
13. Patrick Curan
14. Jake Dillon

15. Colin Dunford
21. Maurice Shanahan
11. Shane Bennett

25. Colm Roche for Shanahan (61) – Temporary Substitution
22. Brian O’Halloran for Curran (66)
9. Shane McNulty for Connors (70)


1. Eoin Murphy

2. Paul Murphy
3. Joey Holden
4. Shane Prendergast

5. Padraig Walsh
6. Kieran Joyce
7. Diarmuid Cody

8. Cillian Buckley
9. Conor Fogarty

10. Walter Walsh
11. Richie Hogan
12. TJ Reid

13. Jonjo Farrell
15. Mark Kelly
14. Colin Fennelly

24. James Maher for Mark Kelly (48)

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)

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