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Deise to make late call on Shanahan for Cork clash


Maurice Shanahan, Waterford (Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE)

Maurice Shanahan, Waterford (Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE)


Maurice Shanahan, Waterford (Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE)

Waterford boss Derek McGrath will make a late call on whether Maurice Shanahan will line out in the Munster SHC semi final against Cork on Sunday.

The Lismore forward suffered a severely bruised knee in a club championship game against Cappoquin two weeks ago.

"Maurice at this stage is 50-50. He has done nothing with us in terms of contact in the interim period between the club championship game against Cappoquin and now.

"It will be last minute. We may well name him and be in a situation where he doesn't play. He is an important player to us."

Goals from Shane Bennett, Michael Walsh, Eddie Barrett and Michael Kearney gave the Déise a comfortable win in Saturday night's challenge game against Wexford.

The game served as a fundraiser for Pauric Mahony and Pieta House.

The home side were 15 points up early in the second half (4-12 to 1-6) and ended with 12 different scorers. Shane Bennett led the way with 1-5 but McGrath is unsure about his participation against the Rebels.

"He is doing his Leaving Cert on Wednesday so it's a big decision for him and his family in terms of playing any role next Sunday," he said.

Wexford rallied in the second period with Andrew Kenny, Rory Jacob and Podge Doran among the goals for Liam Dunne's side as they shape up for Westmeath in the Leinster quarter-final on Sunday.

Scorers - Waterford: Shane Bennett 1-5 (0-2fs, 0-1 '65'), M Walsh 1-2, M Kearney 1-1, E Barrett 1-0, T Devine, P Curran (1f) 0-2 each, Stephen Bennett, K Moran, J Dillon, T Connors, T Waring, A Gleeson 0-1 each. Wexford - P Morris 0-5 (5fs), R Jacob 1-2, P Doran 1-1, A Kenny 1-0, J Kelly 0-2, A Nolan, R Kehoe, P Foley 0-1 each.

Waterford - S O'Keeffe; S Fives, S McNulty, P Prendergast; S O'Sullivan, M O'Neill, S Daniels; K Moran, E Barrett; Stephen Bennett, M Walsh, C Dunford; B O'Halloran, T Devine, Shane Bennett. Subs used: I O'Regan, B Coughlan, N Connors, T De Burca, J Dillon, P Curran, T Connors, S Roche, J Barron, A Gleeson, T Waring, M Kearney, P Mahony.

Wexford -N Breen; T Waters, W Devereux, E Conroy; P Foley, C Devitt, R Kehoe; J O'Connor, A Nolan; J Kelly, P Morris, A Kenny; R Jacob, P Doran, K Foley. Subs used: S Tomkins, E Martin, H Kehoe.

Referee: P Foley (Waterford)

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