Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 0-14 Wicklow 0-10

Waterford defeated Wicklow by 0-14 to 0-10 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 at Fraher Field, Dungarvan.

Waterford beat Wicklow – building a head of steam

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 0-14 Wicklow 0-10: Allianz Football League Division 4: Waterford reinvested their new found wealth in another adventurous attacking display on Saturday night at Fraher Field. “There was a bit of expectation after winning the McGrath Cup but I think the boys coped with it admirably,” observed manager Tom McGlinchey after his side took care of Wicklow with a confident second-half showing. “We scored 14 points and we had seven different scorers so it was a nice way to start the league.”

McGlinchey hit the reset button beforehand to concentrate minds on promotion. “We took the McGrath Cup as a standalone competition. To get the four competitive games and to win it was absolutely fantastic. We parked it and looked at the league as a new challenge totally. At times tonight, we played good football. I think the crowd here really got behind them and they got some good scores.”

The spread of scorers reflects positively on Waterford’s expressive brand of play. League debutant Michael O’Halloran beamed brightest with four points from play, including a couple of booming second-half efforts.

The sides were tied five times during an entertaining first half, with Conor McGraynor, Dean Odlum and John McGrath all threatening for Wicklow. But as the visitors’ challenge fizzled out, Waterford broke loose towards the tail-end. Even when Liam Lawlor limped out of the fray with a dead leg on 27 minutes, the Déise never blinked.

The Ballinacourty pair of Michael O’Halloran and Patrick Hurney sent over two each and Shane Ahearne claimed three frees as they squeezed 0-9 to 0-7 ahead. With the breeze behind them, Waterford asserted their authority with five uninterrupted points. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin punched over and then created a goal chance for Michael Curry but the Rathgormack man struck the woodwork.

O’Halloran’s third from 40 metres out started to turn the screw. It was one-way traffic and further points from Mark Ferncombe, Ahearne and O’Halloran opened up an unassailable seven-point lead. Wicklow substitute Seanie Furlong had a penalty claim turned down and their woes were compounded by a black card for Ross O’Brien. They didn’t land a blow for 31 minutes before a late flood of consolation points. After five home wins on the spin, a trip to Tullamore poses the next test for McGlinchey’s side.

Scorers for Waterford: M O’Halloran, S Ahearne (4fs) 0-4 each; P Hurney 0-2; T Ó hUallacháin, M Ferncombe, L Lawlor, G Nugent 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wicklow: D Odlum 0-4 (2fs); J McGrath 0-3 (2fs); C McGraynor 0-2 (2fs); T Kelly 0-1.

WATERFORD: S Enright; D Crowley, R Ó Ceallaigh, T O’Gorman; T Ó hUallacháin, M O’Gorman, C Phelan; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; M Curry, M O’Halloran, P Hurney; L Lawlor, J Veale, G Nugent.
Subs: M Ferncombe for Lawlor (27); L Ó Corraoin for Veale (43); P Whyte for Nugent (50); S Prendergast for Phelan (58); O Keevers for Curry (62); D Grey for T O’Gorman (73).

WICKLOW: R Lambert; A Murphy, P Cunningham, A Byrne; D Healy, S Kelly, R O’Brien; P McLoughlin, A McLoughlin; D Woods, J McGrath, D Hayden; D Odlum, C McGraynor, T Kelly.
Subs: S Furlong for Kelly (H-T); M McLoughlin for Woods (43); M Kenny for McGrath (48); C Murphy for Byrne (52); P McWalter for O’Brien (BC, 58).

Referee: M Collins (Cork)

Fixture Details

Saturday 31 January
Allianz Football League Roinn 4 2015 (Round 1)
Venue: Fraher Field Dungarvan
Waterford V Wicklow 19:00
Referere: Michael Collins

Allianz Football League Division IV: Waterford 0-14 Wicklow 0-10

Waterford continued their impressive early season form with a four-point defeat of Wicklow at Fraher Field in Dungarvan on Saturday night, their fifth successive victory of 2015. Having won the McGrath Cup last week, Tom McGlinchey’s charges made the perfect start to their Allianz League campaign in front of 420 supporters at a frigid Dungarvan.

Michael O’Halloran was the man of the match, hitting two points from play in each half. Waterford led by 0-9 to 0-7 at the break, having lost Liam Lawlor to injury in the second quarter, but an impressive second half showing from the home side saw them post a notable opening day win.

Team News

Waterford Senior Football Team to play Wicklow in the opening round of the Allianz Football League Div. 4 on Saturday at 7pm.

1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty
2. Dean Crowley St. Saviours
3. Ray Ó Ceallaigh An Rinn
4. Thomas O’Gorman (CAPT) Nire
5. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin An Rinn
6. Maurice O’Gorman Nire
7. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers
8. Shane Aherne Stradbally
9. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty
10. Michael Curry Rathgormack
11. Michael O’Halloran Ballinacourty
12. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty
13. Liam Lawlor Nire
14. Joey Veale Kilrossanty
15. Gavin Nugent Rathgormack