Waterford footballers have recorded their first Championship win in seven years as they overcame neighbours Wexford in the All-Ireland Senior football Championship Qualifiers in the basking sunshine at Innovate Wexford Park.
Waterford lead by three at the interval at the end of a lively opening period.
Wexford made the brighter start and were leading 0-5 to 0-2 almost midway through the half when Shane Ryan made a driving run to finish to the net to tie up proceedings.
The hard working Kieran Power and Tommy Prendergast added points as the visitors moved three clear, Brian Molane repsonded for Wexford before Waterford hit back as JJ Hutchinson netted a contender for goal of the season.
Ben Brosnan and John Tubrit hit late scores for the Slaneysiders as the Déise held a 2-7 to 0-10 interval advantage.
Waterford were given a huge tonic ten minutes after the re-start as substitute Joe Allen netted a superb goal from close rnage to put Tom McGlinchey’s win in a great position.
Waterford played a high energy game full of confidence as JJ Hutchinson (who ended with 1-2) and Jason Curry kicked points to put them further ahead.
Conor Murray’s pace caused all sorts of bother for the Wexford rearguard and he chipped in with a couple of points as the home team looked devoid of ideas.
Wexford did decide to up their game and it proved to be a tense finish and an injury time goal from Naomhón Rossiter reduced the deficit, before they added another pointed free but time ran out.
The final whistle brought scenes of considerable excitement on the Waterford sideline as the Déise celebrated their first Championship victory since 2011, a famous day for Waterford football who won this South-East derby on a final scoreline of 3-14 to 1-18.
Tom McGlinchey was emotional after the finsl whistle.
Tom says the win means everything to his charges.
Tom told WLR Sport it was an immense effort from everyone Tom says they were full value for the two point win.