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O'Rourke happy as Oriels shatter scoring record

Waterford 0-09 Monaghan 5-21

By Colm Shalvey

Malachy O'Rourke was content and level-headed after seeing his Monaghan return to winning ways with a rout of Waterford in Dungarvan on Saturday.

The Oriels boss was happy to see his team rack up what was a record Championship score for the county. He said: "You have to put everything in context. We scored well against Tyrone the first day, then Fermanagh were hard to break down and we were a bit off with our shot selection and execution.

"We knew Waterford wouldn't be as far developed with their defensive system so there would be gaps and we were able to punish that."

With 15 players on the scoresheet, including goalscorers Conor McManus, Karl O'Connell, Fintan Kelly, Dessie Mone and Shane Carey, Monaghan were in complete control.

Three-pointers by McManus (from a penalty), O'Connell and Kelly helped Monaghan take a 3-11 to 0-4 half-time lead.

Subs Mone and Carey also found the net, with SFC debutant David Garland landing a couple of points in the closing stages.

Jason Curry top-scored for Waterford with four pointed frees, but Monaghan had far too much for the hosts.

O'Rourke's full focus is now on Round 3. He said: "It takes a week or two to get (a defeat) out of the system and this draws a line under it. We'll take it and move on. It's a new Championship for us."

Waterford scorers: J Curry 0-4f; K Power, G Crotty, C Murray, J Mullaney, S Prendergast 0-1 each.

Monaghan scorers: C McManus (1-0 pen, 0-1f), D Mone 1-1 each; J McCarron 0-4 (3f); K O'Connell, F Kelly, S Carey 1-0 each; C McCarthy 0-3; D Garland (1f), R Beggan (2f), N Kearns, D Hughes 0-2 each; C Boyle, R McAnespie, C Walshe, V Corey 0-1 each.

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