Monday 25 September 2017

Game at a glance - Waterford v Galway

Waterford manager Seán Power
Waterford manager Seán Power

John Melvin

A brief look at the magic moment and turning points of the All Ireland MH final

Man of the match

Patrick Curran (Waterford)

Galway goalkeeper Cathal Tuohy has strong claims but 1-7 from Curran – including the game's only goal – underlines an excellent all-round performance from the Dungarvan youngster.

Turning point

Within 30 seconds in the 55th minute, Waterford wrapped this game up. Stephen Bennett shot over for a fine point and when the resultant puck-out went wrong, Curran goaled to put the Deise seven clear and out of sight.

Talking point

How far can Waterford hurling go from here? Thirteen members of the panel are eligible again next year.

Magic moment

Patrick Curran displayed his full array of skills in the 25th minute, catching a puck-out and beating his man before firing over to put the Deise five clear.

Ref watch

Cathal McAllister (Cork)

No complaints from either side as the Cork official enjoyed a good day.

What they said

Sean Power (Waterford manager):

"When the economy broke down there was a hell of a lot of unemployment and suffering in Waterford. I think that this might be the little catalyst, the little lift, that we need in Waterford."

Mattie Murphy (Galway manager):

"No excuses, the better team won."

Match statistics

Wides:

Waterford 11 (5)

Galway 11 (7 in first half)

Frees:

Waterford 14 (7)

Galway 11 (4)

Yellow cards:

Waterford 1 (Shane Bennett 46)

Galway 2 (R O'Meara 49, J Hastings 52)

Red cards:

none

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