WIT 1-18; DIT 0-4
Fitzgibbon Cup holders WIT maintained their interest in this year’s competition after a facile win over a spirited DIT side at Ballygunner’s McGinn Park on Wednesday.
A blistering scoring flurry in the opening minutes of the second half turned the tie decisively in Waterford’s favour, having led by just four points at the break.
Barely a minute into the second period, Kieran Grehan latched onto a superb lofted pass from centre-back Shane Fives before hammering the ball beyond DIT goalkeeper Kieran Brennan, nephew of GAA President Nickey Brennan.
Spearheaded by the outstanding TJ Reid, WIT relentlessly added to their tally during a half hour in which the Dublin unit could muster just a single point via a John Walsh 65′.
Ballyhale’s Reid, who contributed two points, was a joy to watch – a frightening reminder of the strength-in-depth at Kilkenny manager Brian Cody’s disposal.
Reid’s opening point, which saw him effortlessly jink past a couple of would-be challengers before firing a 30-metre shot between the uprights, drew an audible gasp from onlookers. It was one of several moments of class produced by a quality practitioner.
WIT boss Colm Bonnar was pleased with his team’s performance on a day when they dominated every sector of play, with his attack, featuring Cork’s Fintan Good and Tipperary duo Timmy Hammersely and Ray McLoughney all prominent.
The Munster Express newspaper for a more detailed report.