On what was a wonderful occasion for the Mooncoin GAA club, Kilkenny really turned on the style as they put a very lacklustre Waterford side to the sword last Sunday evening.
Waterford’s old habit of conceding soft goals, which seemed to have been shaken off under Davy Fitzgerald, returned with a vengeance as the Cats put five past the helpless Clinton Hennessy.
During the National League Kilkenny lost three times and there were suggestions in the national media that they pressures of chasing the historic five-in-a-row were beginning to tell on Brian Cody’s men. However, rumours of their demise have been grossly exaggerated and on this form it will take something special to prise the Liam McCarthy Cup from the Noresiders.
The game looked all but over before there was even eight minutes on the clock as by that stage Kilkenny had raised two green flags. The first goal was finished expertly by captain TJ Reid who won a high ball from Mark O’Brien before firing past Hennessy. The second arrived a matter of seconds later when Reid won possession again before passing to Martin Comerford who finished with ease from close range.
One of the plusses for Waterford on the night was the form of Kevin Moran who, along with Shane O’Sullivan and Richie Foley, looked to be the only Deise players capable compete with Kilkenny under a high ball. Moran scored two excellent long-range points in the first half but he was fighting a lonely battle in the forward line.
A mix-up in the Waterford defence led to the ball running loose to Michael Rice for Kilkenny’s third goal in the 21st minute and they added a fourth in first-half injury time when Comerford pounced for his second of the evening.
See The Munster Express newspaper for full match report.