Sunday 22 April 2018

Deise to make amends

Waterford v Tipperary, Walsh Park, 7.0, J Murphy (Limerick) LIVE TG4

William Maher. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
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While Tipp boss William Maher's claim that this is "arguably the greatest Waterford U-21 team ever" is slightly over the top, the Premier county do face a massive challenge against the Déise in tonight's Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 hurling final.

Waterford look to hold all the aces with senior stars Austin Gleeson, Patrick Curran, Tom Devine, Conor Gleeson and the Bennett brothers, Shane and Stephen, leading the charge for the 2013 All-Ireland winning minor champions.

When they awoke from their slumber in the semi-final, they blew Clare away, outscoring them 3-13 to 0-2 in the closing 35 minutes.

While Tipperary can't boast the same plethora of stars, in senior centre-back Ronan Maher they have a serious talent who played a crucial role as they dethroned Limerick.

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Cruciate victim Jack Shelly is a loss but Paul Maher, Andrew Coffey and Conor Lanigan are quality players as the Premier chase a clean sweep of Munster titles after their senior and minor wins.

But the hurt of their 21-point Munster SHC final humiliation at the hands of Tipp should drive the Deise over the line.

WATERFORD - J Henley; W Hahessy, C Gleeson, D Lyons; M Harney, A Gleeson, C Prunty; M O'Brien, C Roche; DJ Foran, T Devine, M Kearney; P Curran, S Bennett, S Bennett.

TIPPERARY - B Hogan; P Maher, T Fox, D Sweeney; J Ryan, R Maher, S Ryan; B McCarthy, B Heffernan; J Keane, M Russell, A Coffey; W Connors, S Quirke, C Lanigan.

Verdict: Waterford

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