Déise win again, but lessons will be learned from trip to Westmeath
It may have been a rarely visited venue, but Waterford will remember this trip to Mullingar. Although they ran out comfortable winners by a margin of nine points, Westmeath did give Waterford a game.
Waterford started well and were always in front. But the Déise killed the game off as a spectacle in a three minute spell just before halftime which put them ahead by 13 points by half-time.
Without ever setting the world alight, Waterford took a handy 0-07 to 0-02 lead after the first 15 minutes, where the half backs again looked sharp and in utter control.
Up stepped Stephen Bennet with a goal just as the clocked clicked 17 minutes to give Waterford the lead they probably deserved.
But credit to Westmeath who went point for point with Waterford until the turning point of the game. Just on the stroke of half-time, Jack Fagan popped up with a well taken goal. Cruel on Westmeath who just wanted to go to the dressing room and shrug it off.
Worse was to come, Westmeath had not made the dressing room before Stephen Bennet struck his second of the game three minutes into time added on. Waterford trotted off 3-10 to 0-06 up.
Maybe Waterford relaxed a bit or maybe Westmeath showed creditably resolve but Waterford were not able to shake off a beaten team, Westmeath outscoring the Déise in the second half 0-08 to 1-09, something manager Liam Cahill can not be best pleased with.
A win however is a win and Waterford take four point from their first two games, and with the Limerick, Galway and Tipperary test yet to come, coach Liam Cahill (pictured) knows a second half performance like that will not be anywhere near good enough to topple any of those three.
It finished Waterford 3-18, Westmeath 1-15.