Ian Stenson holding off Carrick's Glen Keane.

Ian Stenson holding off Carrick

Tramore 1; Carrick United 1

Normal service returned to domestic football last weekend. The Waterford Premier League came to a halt during the second week in January due to the terrible weather but thankfully the party resumed on Saturday last, and what a cracking game it proved to be.

The Graun Park surface was divine and the two teams on view were also in brilliant form. Without a doubt this was a classic game between two superb outfits. Tramore went into the match ten points clear of Carrick, although they had played two games more. That gap remains the same following this draw.

There was one sad aspect on the night and that was the sight of Wayne Fitzgerald and Anthony Power watching the game from the sideline, supported by crutches.

The two Carrick aces are a huge loss, after picking up serious injuries in cup football. Their international goalkeeper Adrian Walsh also had to sit out the game. The current FAI Junior Cup champions will head to Athlone this weekend to play St Peters in that competition and their manager Liam Wells decided to leave Barry Murphy and Adam McSharry on the subs bench, which just goes to show what a strong squad he has to work with.

Tramore are chasing glory in the MFA Cup (they play away to Carew Park) but nevertheless they fielded their strongest team for this game because they are determined to win the league title. A draw was a fair result. Both sides have quality players and the large crowd were treated to a really superb 90 minutes of football – definitely a case of ‘it’s good to be back’.

See The Munster Express newspaper for a more detailed report.