Saturday 17 February 2018

Tributes paid to Waterford youngsters who played league final despite family bereavements

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Yesterday's hurling league final replay was every bit as dramatic as the first game with the contest once again being decided right at the death.

Clare were the side who came out on top for their first league title win since 1978 after they scored four straight points to pip Waterford 1-23 to 2-19. Tony Kelly was the hero for the Banner with the game's last two scores but the contribution of two young Waterford stars was particularly noteworthy.

Midfielder Jamie Barron and corner forward Patrick Curran both played in yesterday's game despite losing loved ones during the week, with Barron's grandmother and Curran's uncle sadly passing away.

Curran (20) helped carry the coffin at his uncle's funeral on Saturday before scoring 1-9 for the Deise in what must have been an extremely emotional day for the young forward.

After the defeat, his manager Derek McGrath praised the resolve of both of his players while also paying tribute to Clare selector Louis Mulqueen, who lost his mother during the week.

GAA fans also took to social media to comment on the mental toughness of the players for giving such good performances despite having to deal with the bereavements.

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