Waterford League 3; Kilkenny League 0
Waterford’s Under 14 team followed up the victory of the Under 16s by easily defeating a Kilkenny side who just could not match the class of a very confident home side.
The squad who are managed and coached by Eamonn Cleary and Ray Anderson never looked in any danger and they will now play the Donegal League in the final in Dublin on Sunday, May 25th. Ray was a very happy man after the game. “The team played well, very well but I believe we have not yet reached our potential. Perhaps we will in the final because this is a very good squad, very strong. Derrick Williams scored two brilliant goals and he was unlucky not to have scored a hat-trick. We will work and train hard from now until the final and I fell we will win it if everything goes according to plan”.
Waterford took the lead after only 5 minutes of play. Derrick Williams, who has been attracting the attention of Ipswich Town for many months, fed Joe Kett and his hard strike flew past the Kilkenny goalkeeper Mark Grogan.
Paddy Barrett set up Williams for the first of his two goals on 24 minutes. The Southend United player cut in from the left before passing to Williams and the Tramore player found the roof of the net with a wonderful left-footed strike.
Eoin Wells and Conor Morrissey had chances for Waterford before half-time they had to wait until 15 minutes from full time for the third goal. Kilkenny launched an attack and when Mick Drennan struck the Waterford post the ball fell into the arms of the Waterford goalkeeper Dylan Power who kicked the ball upfield.
Eoin Wells controlled the ball before releasing it to Derrick Williams and he applied the finish brilliantly, giving goalkeeper Mark Grogan no chance.
Waterford (panel): Dylan Power, Adam Potter, Eoin Wells, Kevin Barry, Evan Connolly, Conor Morrissey, Craig Keane, Paddy Barrett, Jonathan McEvoy, Joe Kett, Derrick Williams, Eoin Kindlon, Chris Kervick, Glen Hawe, Tom Whitty, JP Purcell, Anthony Fitzpatrick, Conor Twomey, Dale Sheridan, Mark Weldon.
Referee: Adam Pzampel