Five candidates to be Young Hurler of the Year
There are 11 days until the All-Ireland hurling final and we've decided to look at who could be crowned Young Hurler of the Year for 2014. Here are the leading candidates.
1. Shane Dowling (Limerick)
The fifth highest scorer in this year's championship has demonstrated why there has been so much expectation in the Treaty County about the talented attacker. Scored 0-7 of Limerick's 0-17 tally against Kilkenny in terrible weather conditions as they exited at the semi-final stage to finish with 4-36 for the campaign.
A real leader in the Limerick attack.
2. Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)
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The corner back is vying with Kilkenny's Paul Murphy as the best in the business and did an excellent job on Cork's Pat Horgan in the semi-final, keeping the Leeside attacker scoreless from play for the first time in four years.
Will need to be on form in the decider if the Premier are to prevail, though few would bet against it.
3. Conor McDonald (Wexford)
In a roller-coaster season for the Yellowbellies, Conor McDonald quickly left his mark on the 2014 championship. Tormented the All Ireland champions Clare as they were dethroned, scoring goals both days and also found the net against Waterford in the qualifiers. A real scoring threat has been unearthed for the Model County.
4. Alan Cadogan (Cork)
Four points against Waterford on his debut was quite the introduction for the younger sibling of Eoin, and his movement, accuracy and work-rate was evident throughout the camapign. The corner forward was another who struggled during the heavy defeat to Tipperary, but can look back fondly on a fine first taste of championship fare.
5. Liam Ryan (Wexford)
The Rapparees club man made his championship bow in the dramatic Leinster quarter-final victory over Antrim and the corner back has looked like a seasoned campaigner such have been the performances from the young defender. The Wexford attack claimed a lot of plaudits during their qualifier run, but the performances of the Model defence, and in particular Ryan, laid the foundations for those memorable encounters.
*Odds courtesy of Paddy Power and accurate as of August 28
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