Heavron goal adds the gloss to Derry's clear victory
Derry 1-17 Waterford 0-13
Derry survived a stiff first half examination but in the end had too many options and firepower for Waterford, pulling away with the aid of a stiff breeze and Danny Heavron's 50th minute goal to win with a degree of comfort.
Damien Barton's charges raced into a four-point lead thanks to a brace of points from Niall O'Loughlin, and one each by Danny Tallon and Ciaran McFaul, to give the considerable contingent among the 1,067 in attendance that made the journey south plenty to shout about.
The visitors were getting a considerable return from pushing up on Stephen Enright's kickouts, while Tom McGlinchey was clearly willing to let the Oak Leafers have the ball.
Early on, that looked unwise, with Waterford struggling for any primary possession and failing to provide sufficient support when they did.
Meanwhile, the Derry players had no shortage of options and it was notable that by half time, they had six individual scorers, all of whom had raised white flags from play. That figure was 10 by the end.
Gavin Crotty scored three points from play in the first half, Prendergast another and Breathnach landed three frees.
Emmet McGuckin was introduced during at half-time and fired inches over the Waterford crossbar within seconds.
The excellent McFaul and Chrissy McKaigue followed and when Heavron thumped gleefully beyond Stephen Enright, after Karl McKaigue had attracted three Waterford defenders before timing his hand pass perfectly, it seemed the signal for the floodgates to open. That this didn't happen is a credit to Waterford. Both managers emptied their benches as the heat took its toll.
Scorers: DERRY: N Keenan 0-1, C McFaul 0-2, D Heavron 1-1, C McKaigue 0-1, R Bell 0-2, N O'Loughlin 0-2(1f), D Tallon 0-3, J Kielt 0-3(2fs). Subs: E McGuckin 0-1, M Lynch 0-1.
WATERFORD: T Prendergast 0-2, P Whyte 0-1, G Crotty 0-3, D Breathnach 0-5(3fs), F Ó Cuirrín 0-2.
REFEREE: J Henry (Mayo).