Wexford and Galway dominate our hurling team of the week
A bumper weekend of hurling action saw big winning margins in the Leinster and Munster Senior Hurling Championships as well as a late surge from Tipperary to draw with Cork in Semple Stadium.
The pick of the action was Tipperary vs Cork where the Rebels let a nine point lead slip to share the points with Tipperary. A late Anthony Nash save was all that stopped Michael Ryan’s men from taking the full spoils.
Elsewhere in Munster, a John Conlon inspired performance saw the Déise succumb to a heavy Clare defeat.
Big wins in Leinster for Wexford over Offaly and Galway over Kilkenny left the round robins standing as expected with Offaly in need of a win and Galway comfortable alongside Wexford with two wins from two.
Here is your hurling team of the week:
1. Anthony Nash (Cork)
A late surge from Tipperary earned Michael Ryan’s men a draw but without the efforts of Anthony Nash, Cork would have been taking no points away from Semple Stadium. Nash’s puckouts and his controlling of he game from goal were brilliant and his remarkable save in the 67th minute, from a John O’Dwyer shot, saved the day for the rebels. Deserved of his Man of the Match award.
2. David McInerney (Clare)
Was singled out for praise by Gerry O'Connor after the game. A commanding presence for the Banner men.
3. Dáithí Burke (Galway)
Dáithí Burke was instrumental in Galway’s victory over Kilkenny. When Kilkenny reduced the Tribemen’s lead to three points with fifteen minutes to go, it looked like Brian Cody’s men would do as they have so often before and kick on, however the Galway defence, led by Burke kept them scoreless from the 54th to the 74th minute.
4. Paddy Deegan (Kilkenny)
Deegan was one of very few Kilkenny men to impress on a day that they suffered a heavy defeat a the hands of Galway. Having kept the ever-dangerous Conor Whelan scoreless, Deegan’s effort kept the Cats from utter embarrassment.
5. Pádraic Mannion (Galway)
Part of a Galway wing back line that dominated their Kilkenny counterparts. Other than a TJ Reid goal, Kilkenny’s wing forward line didn’t manage a score from play. Mannion made Liam Blanchfield look like a novice hurler.
6. Gearoid McInerney (Galway)
The second part of Galway’s supreme wing back line. Although Galway notched up 1-22, it was their defence that won the day. Martin Keoghan had an uncharacteristically quiet day on McInerney.
7. Mark Coleman (Cork)
Coleman is one of only three players to make this list for the second week in a row. Coleman has cemented his place on the Cork team with another impressive performance, this week on Dan McCormack.
8. Colm Galvin (Clare)
One of Clare’s stand-out performers in their win over Waterford. Galvin notched two points from play and had an all-round impressive game to help Clare get off the mark in round robin points.
9. Sean Murphy (Wexford)
Key in Wexford’s dominant performance, his delivery of ball into his forwards contributed to Davy Fitzgerald’s men tally of 5-24.
10. Séamus Harnedy (Cork)
When Harnedy is on form, Cork seem to fly. The St. Ita’s man scored five points from play on a day when Cork’s forwards were firing on all cylinders. Harnedy deserved a win for his performance but Tipperary showed their class in the last five minutes of the game.
11. Joe Canning (Galway)
The hurler of the year has had an even better strat to this year’s championship and was excellent in victory this weekend. His 1-12 helped Galway to ease past Kilkenny and he looked the sharpest on the field once again. Well deserving of his Man of The Match award.
12. Jack O’Connor (Wexford)
The top scorer from play in his side’s demolition of Offaly with 1-3, O’Connor strived under high ball and a fast pace. One of the best performers of the weekend, he was rightfully awarded Man of The Match.
13. John Conlon (Clare)
Makes the Team of the Week again this week following an excellent performance against the Déise. Conlon strook 1-3 and looked unmarkable at times in his Man of the Match performance.
14. Rory O'Connor (Wexford)
The hero from last week's encounter with Dublin, O’Connor once again shone this week. The younger brother of Jack is tipped to be the next big thing in Wexford and with performances like these it is hard to argue with the logic.
15. John McGrath (Tipperary)
With five points from play just when Tipperary needed them,to stay alive in their clash with Cork, McGrath completes the lineup this week.