PicAWaterford manager Michael Ryan admitted that he was ‘almost disappointed’ despite his side’s joint lead of Division 1A in the wake of Sunday’s draw with Cork at Fraher Field. “I felt we could have won the game, to be honest, but having said that, with three minutes to go, we were two points behind against a Cork team that were on the rise, playing against a strong wind, and I thought we put in a fantastic finished, scored two great points and fully deserved the draw.”
One of the notable aspects of Sunday’s display was Waterford’s tremendous fitness levels, given that the match was effectively played in conditions more suited for cross-country running in nearby Saint Augustine’s. Time and time again they dug deep, and the manner of their late rally was a source of great encouragement to the Deise faithful.
“We’ve worked very hard in training over the last 18 months,” Ryan felt. “We’ve a lot of young lads, we’ve a good blend of youth and experience and I think we’re starting to show the benefits of the efforts that these guys have put in over the last while.”