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2023 Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Waterford 2-19 Dublin 3-16

February 5, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Waterford and Dublin played out a draw in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday February 5th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Match Highlights

Last minute equaliser for Dublin against 13 man Waterford

AHL Division 1B

Waterford 2-19 Dublin 3-16

Report by Tomas McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A 77th minute free from Dónal Burke saw Dublin share the spoils with thirteen man Waterford in a dramatic opening day clash at Dungarvan.

Jack Fagan and Stephen Bennett saw red for the Déise in an action packed second half but injury time points from Austin Gleeson, Jack Prendergast and Michael Kiely edged Davy Fitzgerald’s team ahead entering the dying moments. A foul by Shane McNulty on Paul Crummey gave Burke the opportunity to tie the game for the ninth and final time.

It was a dream start for Fitzgerald’s side as they raced 1-5 to 0-0 up in the first quarter. In the second minute, Michael Kiely was fouled by Paddy Doyle for a Waterford penalty. The Dublin defender was shown a black card by referee Liam Gordon and Stephen Bennett blasted the penalty to the bottom corner past (1-1 to 0-0). Bennett’s second free gave the home side a five point lead after just six minutes. Jack Fagan fired over Waterford’s first from play from inside his own 65. Brothers Tom and Jamie Barron also raised white flags as Davy Fitzgerald’s side stretched the lead to eight with only twelve on the clock.

Dónal Burke belted over Dublin’s first on seventeen minutes. Reuben Halloran whipped left and wide at the other end. Jamie Barron cut through the middle but his shot was saved by Seán Brennan.

On 23 minutes, Conor Prunty played a loose stick pass off a short puckout and Dublin capitalised. Cian O’Sullivan swapped pass with Alex Considine before the full forward rounded Shaun O’Brien and found the net (1-6 to 1-3). A Conor Donohoe point from distance cut the gap to two.

Bennett hit three more frees to bring his first half tally to 1-6. Two minutes before the break, O’Sullivan slipped past Conor Gleeson and rifled the ball to the roof of the Waterford net (1-9 to 2-6). Tom Barron and Donal Burke traded points in injury time as the sides went in level at the break.

Eleven minutes into the second period, Daire Gray brought down Michael Kiely for a second Waterford penalty. Bennett dispatched it again despite the best efforts of Brennan (2-12 to 2-9). The biggest cheer of the afternoon was for the double introduction of Austin Gleeson and Dessie Hutchinson off the bench. The Sky Blues rebounded with Alex Considine and Cian Boland points. Gleeson split the post within three minutes of his arrival.

On 53 minutes, Cian Boland made a brilliant catch against two Waterford defenders and Jack Fagan hauled him down. Fagan received a black card and then a red from Liam Gordon. Dónal Burke sent Shaun O’Brien the wrong way as the visitors took the lead for the first time (3-11 to 2-13).

With nine to go, Waterford top scorer Stephen Bennett received a straight red for striking out at Paddy Doyle in front of the Dublin dugout. Even though the hosts were down to thirteen men, three Gleeson frees and beauties from Jamie Barron and Jack Prendergast left the locals two to the good two minutes into stoppage time. In a grandstand finish, Eoghan O’Donnell and Donal Burke made it all square again. On 75 minutes, Gleeson played a quick free to Kiely and he made no mistake. Burke had the last word for the Dubs.

Scorers for Waterford: S Bennett 2-7 (2-0 pens, 7fs), A Gleeson 0-4 (3fs), J Barron, T Barron, M Kiely 0-2 each, J Fagan, J Prendergast 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: D Burke 1-7 (5fs, 1-0 pen), C O’Sullivan 2-0, C Boland 0-3, A Considine 0-2, C Donohoe, C Burke, J Flanagan, E O’Donnell 0-1 each.

Waterford: S O’Brien; C Gleeson, C Prunty, S McNulty; J Fagan, C Lyons, D Lyons; M Harney, P Leavey; R Halloran, J Barron, M Kiely; K Mahony, T Barron, S Bennett.
Subs: Carthach Daly for D Lyons (17), A Gleeson for Halloran (49), D Hutchinson for Mahony (49), J Prendergast for Leavey (56), P Curran for T Barron (75).

Dublin: S Brennan; J Bellew, E O’Donnell, P Doyle; C Donohoe, C Burke, D Gray; F Whitely, C O’Leary; J Flanagan, D Keogh, C Boland; D Burke, C O’Sullivan, A Considine.
Subs: R Hayes for O’Sullivan (HT), P Crummey for Hayes (41), J Madden for Keogh (45), C Costello for Flanagan (55), A Jamieson-Murphy for Considine (59), R Smith for Whitely (73).

Referee: L Gordon (Galway).

Ticket Information

Match Coverage

Team News

Waterford (NHL v Dublin): S O’Brien; I Daly, C Prunty, S McNulty; J Fagan, M Harney, C Lyons; D Lyons, P Leavey; J Barron, R Halloran, T Barron; K Mahony, S Bennett, M Kiely


February 5, 2023
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Fraher Field Dungarvan

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