Friday 20 October 2017

Waterford's Austin Gleeson: We know this could be the start of something

3 May 2015; Austin Gleeson, centre, Waterford, and teammate Shane Fives, left, in action against Seamus Harnery, Cork. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Austin Gleeson, centre, Waterford, and teammate Shane Fives, left, in action against Seamus Harnery, Cork. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Kevin Moran, Waterford, lifts the cup. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Michael Walsh, Waterford, in action against Cormac Murphy, Cork. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Paudie O'Sullivan, Cork, in action against Shane Fives, Waterford. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Kevin Moran, Waterford, in action against Luke O'Farrell, Cork. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Austin Gleeson, centre, Waterford, and teammate Shane Fives, left, in action against Seamus Harnery, Cork. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Maurice Shanahan, Waterford, celebrates a point. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Maurice Shanahan, Waterford, challenges Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Rob O'Shea, Cork, in action against Kevin Moran, left, and Austin Gleeson, Waterford. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Conor Lehane, Cork, in action against Shane Fives, Waterford. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Michael Walsh, Waterford, in action against Cormac Murphy, Cork. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Cork supporters Mel Twomey, aged six, and his brother Sean, aged four, from Newtownshandrum, Co. Cork, play on the seats before the game. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Cork supporters Mel Twomey, aged six, and his brother Sean, aged four, from Newtownshandrum, Co. Cork, play on the seats before the game. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2015; Alan Cadogan, Cork, in action against Shane Fives, Waterford. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
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Waterford continued their unbeaten run in 2015 by claiming a third ever league title at the expense of an out-of-sorts Cork team at Semple Stadium this afternoon.

Derek McGrath has been lauded for the tactical approach which yielded today's win and a massive reverse in fortunes from 2014.

Central to the Deise success has been the young players McGrath has blooded. There are 14 under-21s in his squad and six players who featured in the county's All-Ireland minor success in 2013.

One of those stars is undoubtedly Austin Gleeson, who delivered a brilliant solo point that was preceded by an amazing sideline cut in the first half of today's encounter.

Reflecting on his side's 1-24 to 0-17 win, he told RTE Radio One: "At the start of the year we were written off by everyone but we believed. We're a young team and that's why they were writing us off.

"We're unbeaten this year, we've played eight games and won the eight.

"We've club for the next week or two and we'll drive straight back into training. We know this could be the start of something but we're not going to count our chickens yet."

Derek McGrath insisted that his side would celebrate their rare league triumph and that he's looking forward to the challenge of masterminding another victory over the Rebels in the Munster championship in five weeks time.

"I'm thinking about five weeks time, you don't want to give a psychological advantage to anyone, in terms of the build-up," he said.

"We can't park league final victories, this is our third , a massive day for us, so we're going to celebrate it tonight and tomorrow and look forward to Tuesday and getting back to training on Tuesday.

"I'm hugely proud of the lads. They are very honourable men.

"We'll go at it again in five weeks time but what a challenge for any management to prepare for the same team again in five weeks time but we're looking forward to it."

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