Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Waterford Under 21 Football Results 2006-2016

2015 Quarter Final
Clare 2-11 Waterford 0-3

2014 Quarter Final
Tipperary 0-19 Waterford 2-3

2013 Quarter Final
Tipperary 1-17 Waterford 0-9

2012 Semi Final
Kerry 4-26 Waterford 1-4

2011 Quarter Final
Tipperary 1-14 Waterford 1-4

2010 Semi Final
Kerry 1-18 Waterford 0-3

2009 Semi Final
Cork 0-19 Waterford 0-9

2008 Semi Final
Tipperary 2-7 Waterford 1-6

2007 Semi Final
Cork 2-17 Waterford 0-1

2006 Final
Cork 4-14 Waterford 1-6

2006 Semi Final
Waterford 1-8 Clare 0-7

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Tipperary v Waterford NHL Meetings in Thurles

Waterford have only logged two league wins against Tipperary in Thurles (1981 and 1998). In their last six encounters, the Premier have recorded four wins along with two draws in 2004 and 2010.

35 years ago, Pat McGrath was star of the show from centre back as fourteen man Waterford prevailed by three (2-10 to 2-7). They shrugged off the dismissal of corner back Seamus Hannon to strike 1-5 without response during a second half purple patch. Jim Greene and Pat Curran found the net with McGrath on target twice from 65s.

In 1998, another number six Fergal Hartley drove the Déise to a first round victory at Semple Stadium. The Irish Independent offered a glowing review of his performance. “While many aspects of this fine victory might be lost in time the performance of Hartley will remain special to Déise followers as the 26-year-old from Ballygunner dominated the centre of the Waterford defence like no man in recent years.” Up front, Paul Flynn (1-6) and Ken McGrath (0-7) sent them eight points ahead before Tipp rallied. Liam Cahill and Declan Ryan struck for late consolation goals but the visitors finished the hour as 1-17 to 4-6 victors.

Tipperary 9-2 Waterford 2-1

Tipperary 0-12 Waterford 0-3

Tipperary 1-10 Waterford 2-6

Waterford 2-10 Tipperary 2-7

Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 2-7

Tipperary 0-18 Waterford 1-8

Tipperary 2-14 Waterford 2-8

Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 2-11

Waterford 1-17 Tipperary 4-6

Tipperary 1-14 Waterford 0-14

Tipperary 3-16 Waterford 1-22

Tipperary 1-19 Waterford 2-16

Tipperary 1-20 Waterford 0-18

Tipperary 0-31 Waterford 2-15

Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 0-16

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Loose shooting keeps Waterford grounded - Waterford 0-14 Kilkenny 0-10

Waterford bombarded Kilkenny with 44 attempts on goal last Sunday at Walsh Park but only finished four point winners. The hosts were aggressive and confrontational with the All Ireland champions on the sticky sod but certainly not ruthless.

Entering injury time, the door was still left ajar for a Kilkenny smash and grab raid. Walter Walsh and Richie Hogan combined but Hogan couldn’t find Padraig Walsh with his stick pass and the sliotar dribbled wide. It took Jake Dillon’s point on 72 minutes to finally bury the black and amber.

Even when they drew level on the restart, Brian Cody still felt that his team were under the cosh. “It wasn’t a question of pressing on, we were hanging in more so for the duration of the game really. If their shooting was a bit more clinical, we would have had a much more difficult battle.”

On 27 minutes, Colin Fennelly slipped Kilkenny in front for the first and only time all afternoon. The Cats lived on scraps yet somehow led 0-6 to 0-5. At that stage of the game, they manufactured half the chances of their hosts. Kilkenny converted six out of their nine attempts while Waterford shot five points from 18 attacks.

The Déise half back line and midfield had a chokehold on the contest and prevented any ball reaching the Kilkenny inside trio. Darragh Fives slotted in seamlessly with Tadhg De Burca on the sidelines. The forwards also got stuck in and hounded their markers into rushed clearances. 33 minutes passed before Barry Coughlan got his first clean possession, a catch over the head of Mark Kelly. Stephen O’Keeffe only handled one back pass throughout the entire first half.

TG4 man of the match Austin Gleeson was involved fifteen times as he stood in front of the sweeper to mark Richie Hogan and immediately got in the thick of the action. The 20 year old drove forward at every opportunity but he hit four wides and conceded four frees. He committed two fouls following his initial yellow card. Wing back Philip Mahony got on the ball eleven times. Midfielders Colin Dunford and Jamie Barron had fifteen touches between them with the Colligan bright spark striking two delicious points into the Keane’s road end.

With this monopoly of possession, Waterford generated 24 scoring opportunities yet only had eight points on the board. Along with Gleeson, Maurice Shanahan was also guilty of four wides. He would have put that opening free over the bar with his eyes shut last season. Five balls landed short into the Kilkenny goalmouth. With Joey Holden getting the upper hand on Shanahan, Waterford tried their luck from further out the field.

Derek McGrath didn’t try to change their shoot-on-sight approach during the half time break but focussed instead on sustaining that manic intensity. “The minute you go to work the ball a bit better against Kilkenny you will be swamped and overrun with how they tackle and how physical they are. We just wanted to work harder, that was our motto. We felt that at half time in the All Ireland semi final that we came in and we were almost applauding ourselves. Whereas at half time today, we were a little bit harder on ourselves.”

A further twenty chances came their way. Gleeson added two more misses early in the second half to make a total of six for just 45 minutes of action. The number five made a massive 26 plays overall. His aerial strength and ability to get the team on the front foot overwhelmed Kilkenny. De Burca's return may offer him a more advanced role to improve his shooting percentages. Dunford was another dazzling performer around the middle. His contribution included those two points, an assist for Maurice Shanahan and he also won three frees.

After Kilkenny levelled at eight points all, Waterford struck the next three, two from Shanahan, to get some breathing space. The visitors failed to score for 19 minutes with Darragh Fives, Kevin Moran and Jamie Barron cleaning up in the air and winning most of the rucks on the ground.

It was difficult for management to make any switches. Facial injuries to Maurice Shanahan and Noel Connors forced their hand on two of the three substitutions. Patrick Curran could be pleased with his league debut despite a couple of uncharacteristic misses. He lined out at centre forward and played a little deeper than what he is normally accustomed to. Jake Dillon also tracked back into his own half of the field and popped up with two points and an assist for Curran. Shane Bennett’s goal effort gave a teaser of his threat close to the posts.

Waterford management may be grateful in time that they didn’t run out comprehensive winners. A conversion rate of thirty per cent will keep their feet planted ahead of Saturday’s trip to Páirc Uí Rinn with two more valuable league points up for grabs.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Commanding lead for Cody in Déise duels - Waterford v Kilkenny

In 21 league and championship contests against the Déise, Brian Cody has emerged victorious on 17 occasions.

Waterford last celebrated success over Kilkenny in 2009 at Walsh Park, Cody's only defeat at the city ground. With the home team revved up from the All Ireland final of the previous September, a fiery game ensued. Six players were dismissed, four under the experimental yellow card laws and two straight reds. Waterford won 2-17 to 1-16 with goals from Stephen Molumphy and Dan Shanahan. Davy Fitzgerald appreciated the importance of the result. "Does it help? It does, because if Kilkenny could have beaten us by 10 points they would have, but they didn’t."

The Cats won the next nine league and championship encounters. On Sunday, the hosts seek some form of retribution for the All Ireland semi last August. While they came within six points, Kilkenny weren't overly extended. The team in stripes powered on relentlessly in the second half and forced their opponents into errors at both ends of the field. Their superior power and physicality resulted in rushed clearances and limp shots into Eoin Murphy. "Sustaining the effort against them was more taxing than any other game had been up to this," commented Derek McGrath in the post-match press conference.

Waterford need to adjust to that type of environment and five games in Division 1A will help that process along. After stewing over the details throughout the winter, McGrath will want to see a response to prove that they can measure up to elite company in 2016.


1999 at Walsh Park
Kilkenny 1-16 Waterford 1-12

2000 at Nowlan Park
Waterford 1-15 Kilkenny 1-13

2001 at Walsh Park
Kilkenny 2-14 Waterford 0-8

2002 at Nowlan Park
Kilkenny 1-12 Waterford 0-12

2003 at Walsh Park
Kilkenny 4-11 Waterford 0-12

2004 at Nowlan Park
Waterford 0-15 Kilkenny 1-10

2005 at Walsh Park
Kilkenny 2-16 Waterford 0-17

2007 at Semple Stadium
Waterford 0-20 Kilkenny 0-18

2008 at Nowlan Park
Kilkenny 0-25 Waterford 0-14

2009 at Walsh Park
Waterford 2-17 Kilkenny 1-16

2010 at Nowlan Park
Kilkenny 1-20 Waterford 2-12

2011 at Nowlan Park
Kilkenny 2-16 Waterford 1-13

2012 at Walsh Park
Kilkenny 2-21 Waterford 1-15

2013 at Nowlan Park
Kilkenny 2-15 Waterford 0-16

2014 at Nowlan Park
Kilkenny 4-22 Waterford 0-14


2004 at Croke Park
Kilkenny 3-12 Waterford 0-18

2008 at Croke Park
Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13

2009 at Croke Park
Kilkenny 2-23 Waterford 3-15

2011 at Croke Park
Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16

2013 at Semple Stadium
Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16

2015 at Croke Park
Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Waterford's record in Munster club football championship

2000 Quarter Final
Moyle Rovers 2-2 The Nire 0-7

2001 Quarter Final
Drom Broadford 2-9 Stradbally 0-9

2002 Quarter Final
Monaleen 1-12 Stradbally 2-6

No Waterford representative

2004 Quarter Final
Stradbally 0-11 Loughmore Castleiney 1-7

2004 Semi Final
Stradbally 1-12 Bishopstown 0-12

2004 Final
Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-9 Stradbally 0-9

2004 Final Replay
Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-9 Stradbally 0-8

2005 Semi Final
Nemo Rangers 1-14 Stradbally 0-10

2006 Semi Final
The Nire 1-6 Aherlow 1-6

2006 Semi Final Replay
The Nire 1-10 Aherlow 0-6

2006 Final
Dr Crokes 2-5 The Nire 0-8

2007 Semi Final
Ballinacourty 2-6 Kilcummin 0-8

2007 Final
Nemo Rangers 1-10 Ballinacourty 1-7

No Waterford representative

2009 Semi Final
Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-9 Stradbally 0-6

2010 Quarter Final
Stradbally 0-7 Doonbeg 0-4

2010 Semi Final
Nemo Rangers 1-12 Stradbally 1-5

2011 Quarter Final
Dr Crokes 3-13 Ballinacourty 0-7

2012 Semi Final
Castlehaven 1-5 Stradbally 0-7

2013 Quarter Final
Ballinacourty 2-7 Drom Broadford 0-11

2013 Semi Final
Cratloe 1-10 Ballinacourty 0-11

2014 Quarter Final
The Nire 1-11 Ballylanders 0-7

2014 Semi Final
The Nire 1-13 Cratloe 2-8 (AET)

2014 Final
Austin Stacks 3-5 The Nire 2-4

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Waterford SFC Final Stats - Stradbally v Ballinacourty


Manager: Pat Curran
Captain: Michael Walsh
County Titles: 17
Scores For: 10-83
Scores Against: 5-47

2015 Championship Results
Stradbally 3-9 Gaultier 2-6
Stradbally 0-12 Brickey Rangers 0-10
Stradbally 2-18 An Rinn 1-7
Stradbally 0-20 St Saviours 1-3
Stradbally 2-7 Kilrossanty 0-6
Stradbally 1-9 Ardmore 0-7
Stradbally 2-8 The Nire 1-8

Shane Ahearne 1-18
Robert Ahearne 2-9
Michael Sweeney 0-12
Ger Power 2-5
David Grey 1-7
Daniel Weldon 1-6
Michael Walsh 1-3
Paul Tobin 1-3
John Coffey 1-1
Paddy Kiely 0-4
Luke Casey 0-3
Jack Mullaney 0-2
Eoin O’Brien 0-2
John Hearne 0-2
Stephen Cunningham 0-1
Ciaran Cusack 0-1
Kevin Lawlor 0-1
Trevor Curran 0-1
Tony Grey 0-1
Tommy Connors 0-1


Manager: Mattie Kiely
Captain: Gary Hurney
County Titles: 6
Scores For: 16-97
Scores Against: 3-62

2015 Championship Results
Ballinacourty 4-10 Rathgormack 0-9
Ballinacourty 4-14 De La Salle 0-2
The Nire 0-8 Ballinacourty 0-6
Ballinacourty 1-12 Ardmore 1-9
Ballinacourty 1-9 Clashmore 1-8
Ballinacourty 1-12 Clashmore 0-6
Ballinacourty 4-18 Gaultier 0-9
Ballinacourty 1-14 Kilrossanty 1-11

Shane O’Donovan 7-9
Patrick Hurney 0-29
Michael O’Halloran 1-19
Mark Ferncombe 2-15
Gary Hurney 3-11
Evan Collins 2-3
Conor Prunty 1-1
John Hurney 0-2
Michael Maher 0-2
Sean O’Hare 0-2
David Collins 0-2
Mark Fives 0-1
David Looby 0-1

Friday, 30 October 2015

JJ Kavanagh & Sons Waterford SFC Semi Final Predictions

The stranglehold of the big three shows no signs of loosening in the Waterford SFC. This weekend, Kilrossanty join the established trio in the semi finals. Since Ardmore's county final appearance in 2007, Gaultier, Ballinameela, An Rinn, Clashmore and Kilrossanty have all come up short at this stage of the championship. The first semi final promises to charge up a forgettable season as The Nire and Stradbally meet again in a remake of last year's county final.

30 October

The Nire v Stradbally (8.00 at Fraher Field)
The first quarter of this latest battle will be savagely contested. Stradbally tend to start quick. They raced 2-3 to 0-1 up after 19 minutes against Kilrossanty and surged 1-5 to 0-0 clear of Ardmore after just 14 minutes. The Reds squeezed up on the Ardmore kickouts which placed huge pressure on goalkeeper Sean Barron and they made hay at midfield through Michael Walsh and John Hearne. That will be a key battleground once again on Friday night. In last year's county final, Michael O'Gorman gave a warrior-like display in that department. Benj Whelan's side kicked five points in a row during the second quarter to spur them on to victory. Keep a close eye on how The Nire cope with Stradbally's pressing game especially from kickouts. Tom Wall likes to take a couple of short ones and these will have to be perfectly executed. The champions are short on match practice given their hurling commitments and were out of football action for two months before last Saturday's quarter final against Brickey Rangers. Nine different names popped up with points as they did the hard work during the first half. Conor Gleeson will be closely watched by Stradbally following last year's five point exhibition but there looks to be plenty of support from elsewhere if he is held. A couple of high balls did cause them difficulty however and one of the Ahearne brothers may be planted on the edge of the square. Stradbally also have issues to iron out after they kicked fourteen wides and struck the woodwork three times against Ardmore. With the margins so fine, discipline will be important for both sides here. Recent encounters between these two suggest that twelve or thirteen points should be sufficient and The Nire seem to have a broader base of scorers to chisel out the scores required.

Odds: The Nire 4/5 Draw 13/2 Stradbally 11/8
Prediction: The Nire

31 October

Ballinacourty v Kilrossanty (7.30 at Fraher Field)
A step up in class for Kilrossanty following last weekend's comprehensive win against Clashmore. Tommy Prendergast, Paul Whyte and David Power all put in a shift around midfield. Whyte also turned up in attack to kick 1-2 from play. They absorbed the Clashmore pressure during the third quarter and struck for a clinching goal on the counter attack through Pa Cunningham. Joey Veale scored two points but created plenty for the other forwards around him. On the same night, Ballinacourty scored 3-16 from play against Gaultier to enhance their title credentials. They have picked up the pieces in recent matches following Gary Hurney's return to the attack. Shane O'Donovan is a big plus for them up front and the corner forward has come up with six goals this season. Ballinacourty boast 15-81 over championship games and that front six will be brimming with confidence following last weekend's blowout.

Odds: Ballinacourty 1/4 Draw 9/1 Kilrossanty 15/4
Prediction: Ballinacourty