Waterford beat Galway on Sunday to deprive the tribesmen of league final place, Shane Walsh’s goal early in the second half set up the victory for the Deise men.
Pauric Mahony opened the scoring for Waterford in the first minute and that was quickly followed by a point from Brian O’Sullivan,as the home side settled the better. When Mahony hit his second point after 4minutes,the Deise led 0-3 to 0-0. A third score from a free by Mahony had Davy Fitzgerald’s men coasting with less than ten minutes played.
Joe Canning(2) and Johnny Coen got Galway off the mark and suddenly it was down to a one point game on the quarter hour mark. Shane Walsh and Shane O’Sullivan replied for the Deise to double the scores,before Canning again responded with a pointed free for the tribesmen. It was beginning to turn into the Mahony v Cooney show at this point,and the latter scored to give Waterford back their advantage. Cooney hit a fine sideline cut on 27 minutes to reduce the gap once again.
Iarla Tannian then scored two quick points and a third from Damien Hayes had the sides level with half an hour played. Shane Walsh pointed just before the break to give his side a narrow one point advantage. Walsh doubled the Waterford lead with a fine point just after the restart,before Barry Daly replied for Galway. Right from the puck out, Damien Hayes gathered the ball and fired it over for the equaliser.
A minute later the game took a decisive turn when Shane Walsh fired Waterford into a three point lead, with a well taken goal. Mahony, Walsh and Shane Casey all pointed to give the Deise a six point lead. Hayes replied for Galway, before Joe Canning fired to the Waterford net to make it a two point game after 48 minutes. Mahony and Kevin Moran then sent Waterford four clear with excellent scores. Niall Healy got Galway back to within three of the lead before Mahony hit over another free for Waterford.
Canning pointed a free to leave two between the teams but Mahony showed he was capable of doing likewise and it was three between them again. Tony Og Regan and Barry Daly pointed to leave the minimum between the teams with time almost upon the clock. Joe Canning looked to have saved the day for the tribesmen when he equalised on the 70minute mark. However, Mahony had the final say and his ninth point of the afternoon was enough to give Waterford a one point win.