Waterford 1-18 Galway 2-13
A last gasp Shane Bennett goal was enough to give Waterford a narrow 2 point in Walsh Park on Sunday.
Waterford trailed by 10 points at the break, hitting against a strong wind and wintry showers. However, Paraic Fanning’s charges dominated the second half in which Micheal Donoghue’s Galway could only manage a solitary 2 points. It was the Deise that started brightly with the Ballysaggart brother Stephen and Shane looking at their best, Stephen knocking over four frees inside the opening 7 minutes to give Waterford a 0-07 to 0-03 lead. Canning knocked over a Galway point a minute later, before Jason Flynn got the games opening goal on 10 minutes, he turned his marker before giving O’Keeffe no chance. Galway led now by 1-04 to 0-05. Niall Burke pointed before Waterford through Jamie Barron and Stephen Bennett replied. Galway hit five in a row then with Flynn, Canning (two) and Conor Whelan (two) put Galway six ahead after 30 minutes. Another Galway goal came before the break, Canning burst his way through the Deise defence, before laying off to Brian Concannon who finished to the top of the net. Canning hit another free and Galway were in complete control of the game, or so they thought, 2-11 to 0-07 at the short whistle.
Waterford had the wind in the second half and they quickly started to eat into the Galway lead. They hit 8 points in a devastating 15 minute spell to close the gap to two. Kevin Moran once again leading the side, while Jamie Barron was also excellent. Galway didn’t get a score in the second half until the 55th minute, Niall Burke and Stephen Bennett traded scores, with the game now coming to a close. Stephen Bennett knocked over two frees, with the game in injury Austin Gleeson found Peter Hogan, he in turn won possession, turned his marker, found Shane Bennett who finished to the net. Waterford now play Clare in the quarter final next weekend.
Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe, Darragh Lyons, Shane McNulty, Noel Connors, Callum Lyons, Philip Mahony, Kevin Moran, Jamie Barron (0-3), Colin Dunford, Mikey Kearney (0-2), Michael Walsh, Pauric Mahony (0-2), Peter Hogan, Stephen Bennett (010, 0-7f), Shane Bennett (1-1).
Subs: Jordan Henley for Shane McNulty (45), Austin Gleeson for Michael Wash (51), Stephen Roche for Colin Dunford (53), Colm Roche for Noel Connors (62), Jack Prendergast for Callum Lyons (66).
Galway: Fergal Flannery, Jack Grealish, Ronan Burke, Aidan Harte, Kevin Hussey, Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Cathal Mannion, Sean Loftus, Niall Burke (0-3), Joe Canning (0-7, 0-6f), Conor Whelan (0-2), Davey Glennon, Jason Flynn (1-1, 0-1f), Brian Concannon (1-0).
Subs: Sean Lehane for Jason Flynn (53), Sean Linnane for Cathal Mannion (55), Paul Killeen for Jack Grealish (62), Sean Kilduff for Sean Linnane (68), John Hanbury for Ronan Burke (73).
Referee: David Hughes (Carlow).