Waterford gained a measure of revenge for their All Ireland final defeat at the hands of Kilkenny last year when they triumphed over the Cats by 2-17 to 1-16 in a thrilling National League contest at Walsh Park yesterday.
Waterford were ahead by 1-11 to 0-11 after a comparatively tame first-half but the game exploded after the break when Declan Prendergast (Waterford) and Eddie Brennan (Kilkenny) were red-carded while four other players fell victim to yellow card dismissals.
Ken McGrath’s nine-point haul was central to Waterford’s success but they lived dangerously in the closing stages when Richie Power fired in a Kilkenny goal just a minute after Dan Shanahan had given the winners a five-point cushion with their second goal.
League champions Tipperary are still on course to retain their title following a 0-23 to 0-16 win over pointless Clare.
Galway had a straightforward passage against Cork, winning by
4-16 to 1-11 after leading by 2-11 to 0-5 at the break.
Cork are still without a point – and going nowhere fast, the team of rookies looking distinctly out of their depth in the top bracket.
Dublin came close to surprising Limerick but, despite the accuracy of Alan McCrabbe, they still lost by two points (1-11 to 0-12), with Alan O’Shaughnessy’s accuracy underpinning Limerick’s victory.
In Division 3B, Tyrone collected their first brace of points when they beat Longford by 0-13 to 1-19 while Donegal found Roscommon too strong, losing by 3-20 to 1-11
In Division 4, Cavan surprised South Down, having seven points to spare on a 2-14 to 1-9 scoreline while neighbours Monaghan just squeezed past Monaghan by 0-13 to 0-12
Fermanagh held firm to just overcome Sligo by 2-11 to 0-15.