Munster SHL: Shanahan on song for Deise

January 23, 2016

Waterford's Maurice Shanahan ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Waterford eased to a nine point victory over Kerry in today's Munster SHL round 5 fixture at Fitzgerald Stadium.

Played in inclement conditions, the scoreboard read 0-17 to 0-8 in favour of Derek McGrath's charges at the end of the 70 minutes.

With nothing other than pride to play for, Maurice Shanahan's accuracy from placed balls was a vital ingredient in Waterford's winning formula and helped establish a 0-10 to 0-3 half-time lead for the visitors.

The number 14 raised six white flags during the opening 35 minutes while Jake Dillon (2), Colin Dunford and Austin Gleeson also made the scoresheet.

The second-half followed a similar pattern with Shanahan also responsible for the first two points after the resumption.

His eight point came via the penalty spot while further scores from Patrick Curran (2), Dunford and Gleeson ensured there was no way back for the Kingdom.

Shane Nolan and Philip Lucid shared the free-taking responsibilities for the home side and finished with seven points between them while Jack Goulding registered Kerry's only score from play in the 65th minute.

Waterford - I O'Regan; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; S McNulty, D Fives, G O'Brien; K Moran, C Dunford (0-2); M Walsh, Shane Bennett, J Dillon (0-2); A Gleeson (0-2), M Shanahan (0-9, 7f, 1pen), P Curran (0-2).

Kerry - A McCabe; S Weir, B Murphy, D Dineen; D Collins, T Casey, J Diggins; J Griffin, J Buckley; C Harty, P Kelly, S Nolan (0-3f); K Carmody, M O'Leary, J Conway. Subs: P Lucid (0-4f) for P Kelly, M Boyle for M O'Leary, M O'Leary for S Nolan, J O'Connor for C Harty, J Goulding (0-1) for J Buckley.

Referee - J Mullins.

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