Waterford sharp-shooter Pauric Mahony suffered an horrific injury in a club match last night which will almost certainly rule him out for the rest of the year.
Mahony was a central figure in Waterford’s historic victory over Cork in last weekend’s Allianz Hurling League final, scoring 0-11 of his side’s winning total of 1-24.
The prolific forward, who socred a total of 1-90 in the League — finishing as joint top scorer alongside Cork’s Patrick Horgan — was back on club duty last night when he suffered the leg injury.
“It’s a shin break,” said his Ballygunner club manager Denis Walsh afterwards.
Ballygunner had been playing a first round senior hurling championship match against Ballyduff Upper at Fraher Field when the injury occurred.
The game was stopped for 17 minutes during the second half as the ‘Gunners centre forward was attended to by medical personnel and taken away by ambulance.
“We are all upset in Ballygunner for him,” added Walsh. “You never like to see that happening to any player. We have seen it happening over the years. For him, we wish him the best really.
“We will be fighting on without him for a while and we hope that he will be back before the end of the year. I don’t honestly know. It looked like a serious shin break from what I could see and I have seen one or two of them before. That overshadowed the game really.”
The 22-year-old is expected to undergo surgery early this week. His loss is a major blow to Derek McGrath’s Waterford, who have been the surprise team of the year, coming from the second tier to win a coveted League title. Waterford open their Munster Championship campaign against Cork in four weeks’ time.
The game eventually resumed last night, with Ballygunner winning on a 2-18 to 0-9 scoreline.
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A manager of a Division 2 club team sent me a text a few weeks ago. 'First round league game last night Joe. Opponents played with 13 men behind the ball at all times. Score was 0-4 to 0-1 at half-time. Ended up 0-6 to 0-4. I give up!'