Waterford recorded their third win on the bounce when beating Carlow by 3-15 to 0-10 at wet and windy Fraher Field.
The upwardly-mobile Barrowsiders – who drew with Galway last time out – made a game of it early on but endured a frustrating night in the driving wind and rain, finishing with only 13 men on the pitch and losing a number of players to injury, including talismanic attacker Martin Kavanagh, who departed the fray two minutes from the short whistle.
With Jamie Barron and Austin Gleeson back on board, Waterford were clinical, goals from Thomas Ryan and Stephen Bennett in the tenth and eleventh minutes respectively propelling them to a 2-7 to 0-7 interval lead.
Having provided the assist for both first-half majors, Shane Bennett grabbed his own three-pointer in the 44th minute.
Colm Bonnar’s men didn’t add to their first-half tally until an hour had passed, when substitute Chris Nolan pointed, the visitors having had substitute Diarmuid Byrne dismissed eight minutes earlier.
Ger Coady was also sent for an early shower after picking up a second yellow card in the 62nd minute, Stephen Bennett frees keeping the scoreboard ticking over as Paraic Fanning’s charges maintained their 100% record.
Waterford - B Nolan; S McNulty, C Prunty, N Connors; J Henley, M Walsh, A Gleeson; J Barron (0-2), C Dunford (0-1); DJ Foran (0-1), M Kearney (0-1), J Prendergast; T Ryan (1-1), Stephen Bennett (1-8, 0-7f), Shane Bennett (1-0). Subs: C Lyons (0-1) for J Henley, S Ryan for T Ryan, M Harney for C Dunford, S Roche for Shane Bennett.
Carlow - D Jordan; M Doyle, A Corcoran, G Bennett; G Coady, D English, R Coady (0-1); J Kavanagh, J Murphy; J M Nolan, R Smithers, S Murphy; J Doyle, D Murphy (0-2, 1f), M Kavanagh (0-4, 3f). Subs: E Byrne (0-2) for M Kavanagh, C Nolan (0-1) for J M Nolan, D Byrne for S Murphy, T Joyce for G Bennett, S Whelan for J Murphy.
Referee - J Keenan.Tweet