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Bennett leads the line with 0-12 as Deise easily see off Laois by 16 points

Patrick Curran and Thomas Ryan grabbed two goals each during a one-sided win for Waterford.

Stephen Bennett in action for Waterford.
Stephen Bennett in action for Waterford.
Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Waterford 4-22

Laois 1-15

Steven Miller reports from O’Moore Park

STEPHEN BENNETT HELPED himself to 0-12 and Patrick Curran and Thomas Ryan got two goals apiece as Waterford eased to a big win over Laois in O’Moore Park this afternoon.

Having seen off Offaly by 27 point last weekend this was another stroll for Paraic Fanning’s men who led 2-12 to 0-5 at the break despite playing against the breeze.

A seventh minute goal from Patrick Curran set Waterford on their way and with Bennett unerring from frees, they led 1-9 to 0-2 after 24 minutes. Laois rallied briefly with points from half backs Ryan Mullaney and Sean Downey but a brilliant Thomas Ryan goal had helped Waterford to a 13-point lead at the interval.

Things got even worse for Laois on the restart as half-time sub Lee Cleere was given a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident involving Thomas Ryan.

Paraic Fanning Waterford manager Paraic Fanning. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Laois battled on as well as they could and with Waterford clocking up the wides, a string of Mark Kavanagh frees and points from play from Jack Kelly and Neil Foyle clawed back the deficit somewhat.

But the result was never in doubt and late goals from Curran and Ryan – with Kavanagh responding with a cracker for Laois – ensured Waterford had 16 points to spare at the final whistle.

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Scorers for Waterford: Stephen Bennett 0-12 (seven frees, one ’65), Patrick Curran 2-2, Thomas Ryan 2-1, Mikey Kearney 0-3, Colin Dunford 0-1 Mark O’Brien 0-1, DJ Foran 0-1, Maurice Shanahan 0-1

Scorers for Laois: Mark Kavanagh 1-8 (0-8 frees), Jack Kelly 0-2, PJ Scully 0-1 (free), Sean Downey 0-1, Ryan Mullaney 0-1, Neil Foyle 0-1, Willie Dunphy 0-1

LAOIS: E Rowland; J Phelan, M Whelan, J Kelly; C Phelan, R Mullaney, S Downey; D Hartnett, PJ Scully; A Dunphy, E Lyons, P Purcell; J Lennon, N Foyle, M Kavanagh. Subs: C Dwyer for Scully (32), L Cleere for C Phelan (HT), W Dunphy (0-1) for Dwyer (44), S Maher for Foyle (60), P Delaney for Downey (60)

WATERFORD: B Nolan; S McNulty, C Prunty, N Connors; M O’Brien (0-1), T de Burca, J Henley; K Moran, S Roche; DJ Foran, M Kearney, J Prendergast; T Ryan, S Bennett, P Curran. Subs; C Dunford for Kearney (HT), M Walsh for de Burca (HT), B Power for Prendergast (53), M Shanahan for Foran (63)

Referee: C Cunning (Waterford)

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