Waterford turned around a half-time deficit to pick up a second win in their National Hurling League campaign. The 2015 champions upped the ante after the break and blew away their hosts.
Here are five talking points from the tie.
Goalkeeping woes continue for Dublin
Conor Dooley charged out before Waterford’s second goal, but left the ball and an empty net behind him.
A former goalkeeper himself, Ger Cunningham has struggled to find a net-minder during his time in Dublin. Alan Nolan, Gary Maguire and Dooley have all held the number one jersey, but have been unable to hold onto it.
Cunningham may continue to rotate, and do not be surprised if Maguire usurps his clubmate for the remainder of the league.
Waterford win in Croker
League or not, Waterford wins in Croke Park have been limited in recent years. They have had huge success at Semple Stadium, but the same cannot be said about their trips to HQ.
Coming away from Jones’ Road with the spoils will be a big boost to Derek McGrath’s young side.
Waterford forward line cause problems
Arguably the difference between Waterford and the top teams in recent years has been the lack of a top class forward. The Déise do not boast a marksman at the level of Seamus Callanan, TJ Reid or Joe Canning.
However, this evening the Bennetts caused serious problems to the Dublin fullback line. Man of the match Stephen Bennett scored 2-2, and was dangerous throughout.
Pauric Mahony will be looking forward to a full season being fit, doing the business from placed balls.
Eamon Dillon continues to improve
‘Trollier’ was the star of last year’s league campaign, and impressed once again tonight.
The St Finbarr’s clubman scored four from play in the first half, but Derek McGrath and Co. clearly earmarked him in the second period and he was looked after.
Nonetheless, Dillon is a forward of real quality, and he is up there with the best in the business when on top form, and his pace will trouble any back in the country.
Dublin facing relegation battle
Five points clear in the first half, Ger Cunningham could have been forgiven for the prospect of a quarter-final crossing his mind. With one win from three, they face a trip to Ennis before hosting Kilkenny, knowing that at least one win is vital if they are to avoid the relegation decider.
Nonetheless, the Cork native will draw several positives from an evening where some of the younger stars impressed once again.