Waterford goalscorer Liam Ó Lionáin in possession agsinst Kilkenny's JJ Grace during Saturday's NFL match in Freshfoad.         | Photo: Sean Byrne

Waterford goalscorer Liam Ó Lionáin in possession agsinst Kilkenny's JJ Grace during Saturday's NFL match in Freshfoad. | Photo: Sean Byrne


With the past two seasons Waterford’s interest in the National Football League ended with defeat in the penultimate game of the campaign. Two years ago, conceding a goal late on against Tipperary at Fraher Field ended Waterford’s interest in the campaign and last season Sligo dashed the Decies’ promotion hopes.
When the fixtures for this year’s competition were released some of Waterford’s players would be forgiven for going straight to the penultimate round of games to see who they were playing and the sight of Kilkenny’s name would have come as a huge sigh of relief.
The Deisemen went into last Saturday’s match at Freshford in confident mood, knowing that a win – and Limerick failing to get two points at Cusack Park in Ennis – would secure promotion ahead of the penultimate game against Clare at Fraher Field this Sunday.
However, with the Treaty pulling off a 0-14 to 2-7 victory, things have not worked out as Waterford would have liked and this 22-point win will count for nothing if John Owen’s charges can’t get the better of the Banner
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