Owens takes over as Waterford boss

WATERFORD GAA chiefs have appointed former Tipperary star John Owens as senior football manager.

Owens succeeds John Kiely, who was controversially passed over after five years in the role.

The recommendation from the executive that Owens, a member of the Moyle Rovers club, be appointed manager was approved at Monday’s county board meeting.

The anger over Kiely’s forced departure continues to grow with an official from his club, Kilrossanty, claiming the scenario was akin to “another Justin McCarthy job” in reference to the exit of the former hurling boss last year. He added: “Some of those who have taken the decision to get rid of John Kiely would never fill his boots when it comes to loyalty to Waterford football.”

Meantime the Waterford SHC semi-finals draw has pitted Mount Sion against the winners of Saturday’s replay between holders De La Salle and Ballygunner while rivals Lismore and Ballyduff Upper contest the other last -four tie.


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