Sunday 18 February 2018

Everything that is great about the GAA summed up in one heartwarming moment

Jennifer Malone and Pauric Mahony last year
Jennifer Malone and Pauric Mahony last year
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Absolute agony.

For the second week in-a-row, Waterford were on the cusp of slaying the dragon that is Kilkenny and advancing to the All-Ireland final.

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And for the second week in-a-row, the Cats denied them.

Granted, the All-Ireland semi-final replay was dominated for the most part by Kilkenny, but Waterford's late missed chance to force extra time will hurt just as much as the host of opportunities that the Deise men squandered in the drawn encounter in Croke Park last Sunday.

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Just look at Waterford forward Pauric Mahony. The usually reliable free-taker was short in injury time with a placed ball and his miss weighed heavy at the final whistle.

Mahony crumpled to the ground in despair, but in a touching gesture, this Kilkenny fan was on hand to offer her commiserations.

It was a fitting moment following a game in which neither team deserved to lose.

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