Tuesday 20 March 2018

the game at a glance

Cormac Costello (Dublin)

Dublin team-mate Emmet O Conghaile was another serious contender but Costello's 4-2 from play and his trademark bursts along the end-line put fear in Waterford hearts every time he touched the ball.

Turning point

Once Dublin had built up a 17-point half-time lead, there really wasn't one.

Talking point

Could these teenagers be the team to win Dublin's first hurling All-Ireland since 1965. They showed the sort of physicality, skill and creativity that gives them a real chance.

Ref watch

Antrim official Garrett Duffy only awarded six frees in the first half -- just one for Waterford -- but he was a lot stricter in the second half when needed and also overruled one of his umpires when necessary.

What they said

Shay Boland (Dublin manager):

"The biggest job at half-time was getting the players to realise that the game was still wide open. They're only young fellas, they believe in scorelines, and if you're 20 points up, it's very hard to see yourself being beaten."

Liam O'Connor (Waterford manager):

"Dublin had a physical advantage, they must have 10 guys over 6ft tall. It's going to be an interesting final because Galway have a couple of skyscrapers as well!"

Match statistics

Wides: Dublin 9(4); Waterford 4 (2)

Frees: Dublin8 (5); Waterford 7 (1)

Yellow Cards: Dublin 0; Waterford 2 (D Ahern 10, G O'Brien 59)

What next

Dublin play Galway in the All-Ireland minor final on September 4.

Irish Independent

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