Waterford v Galway, Sunday, 2pm, Walsh Park
The rescheduled league clash between the to powerhouses in Division 1b of the Allianz Hurling League will take place on Sunday at 2pm in Walsh Park, after last weekends game was called off due to poor conditions on the field of play. A Galway draw would put them top of the table ahead of Dublin as they have won the head between the sides. Waterford, have already qualified for the quarter finals but a win here would put them in second place in the table.
Waterford manager Pauric Fanning will be happy with his side to date. The only loss came to Dublin in Parnell Park two weeks ago. They have won three games and lost one, the trio of wins coming against Laois, Carlow and Offaly. Waterford have scored 13 goals to date in their league games which workd out as over 3 goals a game which is very good. I have a feeling they will need 2 or 3 goals here on Sunday if they are to beat Galway as well. Looking at Micheal Donoghue’s men they haven’t lost a game in the Division thus far which is very encouraging. They beat Dublin, Laois and Offaly, while they drew away to Colm Bonnar’s Carlow. A win here on Sunday will be massive for Galway as they will play the fourth placed team in Division 1A.
Having a look at the teams, I expect the Ballygunner men to be in from the start, brother Pauric and Philip Mahony as well as Stephen O’Keeffe. The Mahony’s came on as substitutes in the loss to Dublin at Parnell Park two weeks ago. In defence much will rely on Noel Connors, Austin Gleeson and Kevin Moran. Jamie Barron has been superb since making a return 3 weeks ago, while up front then players like the Bennetts, Shane and Stephen, Pauric Mahony and Thomas Ryan will need to have big games. Galway will look to players like Sean Linnane, Paul Kileen and Darren Morrissey who are likely to continue one again in the absence of the St Thomas’ contingent. Padraic Mannion and Gearoid McInerney will be in the half back line. Cathal Mannion has been superb in midfield I expect him to continue there, while in attack Joe Canning, Conor Whelan and Jason Flynn will wreck havoc.
This game is to close to call at least according to the bookmakers. Their is no separating the sides in the markets, with Waterford at even money and Galway at even money. The draw is 8/1. I think Galway have the greater scoring threat and for that reason they should win by 2 points.