Skipper Daly eager to end Waterford's65-year wait
WATERFORD minor hurling captain Kevin Daly has warned his side must finish the job in Sunday's All-Ireland final clash with Galway, having already bounced back from defeat twice this year.
The Deise fell to Tipperary in Munster and again to Limerick in the provincial decider after a replay, but have shown great resolve to reach the All-Ireland final via the back door.
"In Waterford, everyone is looking forward to the final," said the full-back. "Waterford teams in the past have got to finals and been beaten. And it counts for nothing then. Nobody remembers a losing team.
"We don't win many All-Irelands in Waterford. It would be big for the county to win an All-Ireland minor title. We haven't done it since 1948 – that's way too long."
Waterford have seen a steady upturn in their fortunes in recent seasons, reaching the latter stages of the All-Ireland series in this grade, but this year has been particularly impressive.
Daly was part of the Dungarvan CBS side that won the colleges All-Ireland 'B' title earlier this year and he was also on the combined Dungarvan colleges team that secured Harty and Croke Cup honours – many of this side have tasted success together already.
"I suppose we're going stronger than we usually have been at underage level. Starting in 2009, the lads won a minor Munster title and that was huge. We've been driving on ever since.
"There are a good few of us playing but we have three schools competing in the Harty Cup and everyone is exposed to a higher standard the whole time," added Daly, who also lined out for the county's minor footballers.
Daly admits that having only played twice in the championship, Galway remain an unknown quantity.
"I suppose it's an advantage to them every year that no one can see them, nobody knows anything about Galway. Seeing them against Limerick, they were very strong, a strong bench and that pulled them through the semi-final."