Oscar Traynor Cup up for grabs for Waterford

Oscar Traynor Cup up for grabs for Waterford

The Waterford and District League aim to finish their Oscar Traynor Trophy campaign in style this afternoon when they meet Mayo in the final.

The last iteration of the competition was in the 2019/2020 season with the interim years chalked off owing to the covid-19 pandemic.

The return of the Oscar Traynor this year has proved fruitful for Waterford with impressive performances that have secured the Munster title, as well as a place in the National Decider.

Craig Maher's side beat Kerry 5-1 in the provincial final with Mark O'Keefe bagging a hattrick of goals to go along with Ben Daly and Regiz Madika's scores.


In the national quarter-finals, it was a 3-1 win over Carlow where once again, O'Keefe and Madika were on the mark as well as Luke Walsh.

In their last outing opposite Donegal, Waterford had to dig deep to come from 2-1 down to win 3-2.

O'Keefe and Walsh were the dangermen again in that game picking up a goal each to pull back the deficit and take the win.

The challenge today takes another step up when they meet Mayo on their own patch at Umbro Park. The hosts are playing in their first final since 1981, and have earned their place in the final two following wins over Sligo/Leitrim, Galway, Roscommon, Kerry and Sligo/Leitrim once again in the semis.


While Mayo might be looking to pick up their first title 43 years removed from their last appearance in a final, Waterford are looking to add to their history in the competition.

The first running of the  Oscar Traynor was claimed by Waterford in 1964 and they would go on to back it up the following year for back-to-back titles. It would be 36 years before they got back to the summit again when Brian O'Keefe's side won in 2001.

A win this afternoon would make it four in all for the Déise.

Kick-off at Umbro Park in Mayo is at 1 o'clock.

Photo Credit: Noel Browne