Heavron rocket puts Derry on victory trail

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Heavron rocket puts Derry on victory trail thumbnailDerry in action against Waterford.

Derry.........................................1-17 Waterford..............................0-13

DERRY easily negotiated their passage into round two of the All-Ireland Qualifiers with a comfortable victory over Waterford on Saturday afternoon in scenic and sunny Dungarvan. They pulled away in the second half after being just two in front the interval. At times it looked as if referee Jerome Henry was keeping Waterford in touch with a series of soft frees.
Any kind of contact seemed to be a free for the Deice men. Derry hit four quick points but did not turn the screw when Waterford looked there for the taking.
This was just Derry's third competitive win of the season and after that thumping by Tyrone on the back of relegation from Division Two it may give the team a bit of confidence to push on.
They played a lot of good football against Waterford on Saturday but they will meet stiffer opposition along the way.
Overall it was a lively and entertaining game with both defences wide open in the first half.
When Derry bulked up their back line in the second half it took the home team a full 22 minutes to get their first score.
At that stage Derry had scored 1-5 to add to their first half total of 0-11 and were as good as in the next round as Waterford tired in the 23 degree heat.
Derry had a stronger subs bench with Emmett McGuckin making a great impression when he came on.
He was not included in the line up after being named at full forward. He gave a broad hint that he will claim a starting place next day.
Derry made two changes from the team named on the programme.
Captain Enda Lynn was ruled out with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by James Kielt who missed the Tyrone game due to suspension.
The other change saw Michael McEvoy come into the half back line with his club mate Danny Heavron pushing forward from midfield to full forward in place of Emmett McGuckin where he was pretty effective.
Derry's management will be a tad worried about how easily the home team were able to drive through the centre defence in the first half and might have had a couple of goals.
This was Waterford's eleventh loss in twelve qualifier games. In the Munster championship three weeks ago they came close to shocking Cork.


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