The story of the day came in the bottom division as Fermanagh maintained their 100% record by battering Kilkenny at Freshford.
The majority of the small crowd had left long before the final whistle as the visitors strolled to a 9-23 to 0-4 win. After the recent 50 point drubbing of the Black and Amber’s Under 21 charges; questions are growing as to the benefits of having an inter-county football side representing Ireland’s most successful hurling county.
Similarly to Kerry’s hurlers; Kilkenny’s footballers suffer greatly from the fact that anyone with talent for the small ball game is snapped up and is impelled to focus all their energy on the game which has earned the county 33 All-Ireland Senior Titles. Having conceded an average of 35 points (and scoring a measly mean of merely 10); surely it is only a matter of time before the Cats decide to focus only on playing inter-county hurling?
Elsewhere in Division Four; a Brian Murphy goal in the second minute of the second-half sealed a 2-6 to 0-4 point win for the visitors with the Exiles raising only two white flags in each half. Only Kilkenny now lie below the Exiles in the Division Four standings.
Waterford escaped with a hard earned 4-7 to 1-12 win over Wicklow in Aughrim. Star of the show was Mark Ferncombe, who hit three game deciding goals for the Déise in the first-half.
Clare won the Munster Derby with Limerick at Cusack Park in Ennis with a late scoring sealing a 0-10 to 0-9 win for the hosts. Waterford, Limerick and Clare now stand level on four points (from their opening three games) and will all hope for a play-off berth come the end of the month.