Former Clare team-mates Davy Fitzgerald and Anthony Daly watched their sides play out an exciting draw at Walsh Park this afternoon.
Daly’s Dubs had an early goal from Declan O’Dwyer. But goals from Waterford’s Richie Foley and Seamus Prendergast cut the gap to 1-14 to 2-07 by half-time.
A second goal from Foley (2-10) was cancelled out by a David O’Callaghan effort and although Waterford edged ahead in injury-time, Liam Rushe and Conal Keaney (0-10) ensured a share of the spoils for Dublin.
Former dual star Keaney has committed to the capital hurlers this season and was on target twice in the opening minutes as the visitors shot ahead.
By the 13-minute mark, Dublin were 1-06 to 0-04 ahead. Keaney, Rushe, who returned at full-forward, and league debutant Conor McCormack registering points and O’Dwyer accounted for the goal.
Rushe showed his ball-winning ability in the opening quarter and he provided the assist for O’Dwyer’s powerful finish to the net.
Foley (0-02), Shane Casey and Paraic Mahony claimed Waterford’s opening four points. The hosts were without the injured Eoin Kelly, veteran defender Tony Browne, who recently resumed training, and the De La Salle-tied John Mullane.
Despite the concession of Foley’s 27th-minute goal, Dublin continued to impose themselves on the game. Their attack clicked into gear again as Peadar Carton, David O’Callaghan, Keaney and Peter Kelly floated over scores.
At 1-14 to 1-06 adrift, Waterford landed a crucial blow before the break. Full-forward Seamus Prendergast managed to get away from his marker Tomas Brady to send a rasping shot to the net. Foley tagged on another point to leave four between the sides.
Waterford took over in the early part of the second half, with the Dubs enduring a 23-minute scoreless spell at the other end. Fitzgerald’s men took a 3-13 to 1-14 lead after a Foley penalty and points from Mahony, captain Stephen Molumphy and Foley again.
O’Callaghan answered back with a goal after McCormack’s well-placed delivery left goalkeeper Adrian Power exposed. Into the final quarter, the game was on a knife edge.
The Deise hit the front twice in injury-time. First through Nagle and then Foley put over a tremendous 85-metre free.
But a draw was a fair result in the end, and Keaney took his tally into double figures with the levelling point, following a good run and pass from skipper Stephen Hiney.
Waterford: R Foley 2-10 (1-00 pen, 0-07f), S Prendergast 1-01, P Mahony 0-02, J Nagle, S Molumphy, S Casey 0-01 each
Dublin: C Keaney 0-10 (0-08f), D O'Callaghan 1-03, D O'Dwyer 1-01, L Rushe 0-02, C McCormack, P Kelly, P Carton 0-01 each
WATERFORD: A Power; D Fives, J Maher, N Connors; S Fives, M Walsh, J Nagle; S O’Sullivan, P Mahony; S Molumphy, R Foley, P Mahony; S Casey, S Prendergast, T Ryan.
Subs used: W Hutchinson for Maher (half-time), E Murphy for Ryan (59 mins), K McGrath for Casey (65).
DUBLIN: G Maguire; S Hiney, T Brady, S Lambert; N Corcoran, P Kelly, S Durkin; J McCaffrey, S Ryan; C Keaney, D O’Dwyer, C McCormack; D O’Callaghan, L Rushe, P Carton.
Subs used: P Ryan for S Ryan (50 mins), L Ryan for O'Dwyer (65).
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)