Minor All-Ireland final victory well worth the wait for Waterford
Strong finish by Déise is enough to best Galway and take title
“He’s also playing fantastic for his club, a senior club as well, Dungarvan, so he’s a great bit of stuff. What I’m very impressed with as well, and these are the things you don’t often see, when he’s not in possession of the ball he’s a devil for hooking and blocking as well. If you were a corner back in possession of the ball with Patrick marking you, you’re not going to get the ball out easily and that’s the sort of thing we went from a forward in Waterford.”
In fact that was Waterford’s tactic throughout the field, so much so that Galway were never allowed to settled.
Captain Darragh Dolan and Ronan O’Meara hit some crucial scores in the first half but the truth is Galway were doing very well to be just three points down at half time, trailing 0-12 to 0-9.
Then, with corner forward Brian Molloy finding greater range, and Brian Burke (who didn’t start because of a calf injury) also hitting a big point, Galway were suddenly back in it, level at 0-15 apiece.
Waterford’s nerves were suddenly strung, the memory of their two defeats this summer, to Tipperary early on, then Limerick in the Munster final replay, possibly coming back to haunt them.
Instead they simply stuck to their task and proved themselves the best minor team in the country for the season.
Waterford also boasted five players (Kevin Daly, Tom Devine, Michael Harney, Cormac Curran and Patrick Curran) from the Dungarvan team that won the All-Ireland colleges title in April, that winning confidence unquestionably helping them through.
“No excuse whatsoever,” said Galway manager Mattie Murphy. “
We were out-scored 1-6 to a point in the last quarter, and that says it all, doesn’t it?”
WATERFORD: G Power; W Hahessy, K Daly (capt), C Leamy; M Harney, A Gleeson (0-1, a free), Shane Bennett; M O’Brien, T Devine (0-1); Stephen Bennett (0-4), DJ Foran (0-1), M Kearney (0-4); A Farrell, P Curran (1-7, 0-4 frees, 0-1 65), C Roche (0-3). Subs: C Curran for Foran (37 mins), C Gleeson for Farrell (45 mins), P O’Connor for Roche (57 mins), B Whelan for Shane Bennett (60 mins), S O’Neill for Hahessey (60 mins).
GALWAY: C Tuohy; M Ó Conghaile, D O’Donoghue, M Conneely; S Linnane, S Cooney (0-1 a free), R Doyle; E Burke, D Dolan (capt, 0-3); C Whelan (0-1), R O’Meara (0-4), A Morrissey (0-1, a sideline); B Molloy (0-5, three frees), J Hastings, C Shaughnessy. Subs: V Doyle for R Doyle (27 mins), B Burke (0-1) for Whelan (37 mins), R Bellow for Hastings (53 mins), S Burke for E Burke (58 mins).
Referee: C McAllister (Cork).