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'It’s going to take a lot of soul searching' - A case of no tomorrow for below par Waterford

Potential consequences for Waterford hurling are worrying, to say the least, if they fail to advance from round-robin

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Waterford manager Liam Cahill. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Waterford manager Liam Cahill. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Waterford manager Liam Cahill. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Waterford hurling followers approach the final day of the Munster round-robin with an air of impending doom, needing a positive result in Ennis where it is doubtful too many of them will travel for the last assignment against Clare. Even if they manage to win, there isn’t much Waterford hope that Cork will fail to beat Tipperary in Thurles, despite Cork’s own reputation for flattering to deceive.

They are on the brink, a creeping fatalism spreading like ivy and slowly strangling the optimism of recent weeks. If the season ends today it will be a brutal reversal of fortune for Liam Cahill’s side, which coasted to a league final win over Cork in early April. But the team hasn’t fulfilled the hopes that it was the natural heir to Limerick’s All-Ireland estate; after that initial soar the momentum has stalled.


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