Parnell Park was a welter of excitement on Sunday last as table toppers Waterford faced the Dubs in the Allianz Hurling League. The home side had been defeated by Galway the previous weekend, while Waterford were unbeaten in their previous three games.
The Deise had the opening goal after five minutes as a free from Stephen Bennet appeared to slip through the hand of Dublin keeper Alan Nolan.
However Dublin through the superb accuracy of freetaker Oisin O’Rorke edged themselves ahead 0-5 to 1-1 after fifteen minutes. Indeed the Kilmacud Crokes player was only a late replacement. The home side were hit for a second goal after nineteen minutes as a long delivery from Jamie Barron saw Tommy Ryan collect and crash home. Waterford ahead 2-1 to 0-5.
Dublin appeared to have the momentum in their favour but were rocked with a third goal ten minutes before halftime.
The Bennetts, Stephen and Shane combining for the latter to goal and the Deise back in front 3-1 to 0-8.
In the remaining minutes it was Dublin who produced the better chances and points from O’Rorke, Danny Sutcliffe and Eamon Dillon saw them ahead 0-14 to 3-3 at the break.
Waterford made a couple of changes in personnel with Mikey Kearney and Michael Walsh called to action aftre the break.
However the roaming effort of Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe was causing problems and it was the St Vincent’s man who set up the Dubs goal for Liam Rushe after ten minutes (1-16 to 3-5). Stephen Bennett, Kevin Moran and Jamie Barron all hit the target as Waterford levelled.
Three frees from Oisin O’Rorke edged Dublin ahead but Stephen Bennett got goal number four for Waterford. Level again 1-20 to 4-11. With time ebbing away Dublin edged two points clear but in the final minute a long delivery from Austin Gleeson saw a foul on Tommy Ryan and a penalty awarded. Stephen Bennett’s low effort was brilliantly saved by keeper Alan Nolan and the Dubs claimed the points.
A late injury to Conor Prunty may be of concern to Waterford as they face tabletoppers Galway next weekend.
Meanwhile in the Allianz Football League two goals from Feargal O’Currin and one apiece from Shane Ahearne, Dylan Guiry and Conor Murray gave Waterford their first win of the camapign again Wexford in Innovative Park. The final score 5-4 to 0-12