Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Dan is the main man for Waterford

Waterford 3-17 Limerick 1-14

Waterford fans were left singing and dancing in rain-soaked Semple Stadium yesterday after they witnessed their heroes defeat pretenders to the Munster throne Limerick in an absorbing final.



Played before 48,371 spectators, this was no classic - but it was utterly compelling nonetheless.

Bone-shuddering tackles ensured that players had to put their bodies on the line to claim the silverware. Waterford did this and added the Munster crown to their Allianz National League title.

In Dan Shanahan, the victors had a real hero. The huge Lismore man bagged 3-3 from play and was the real difference between the sides.

Limerick's fire had got them to the final and when Brian Begley over-headed on a Brian Geary delivery in the seventh minute and landed the ball into the Waterford net, they were off to the perfect start.

By the interval, though, Waterford were in frontby 0-9 to 1-5. Stephen Molumphy was on song as he shot two from play, Eoin Kelly had three and Dan Shanahan two, with Andrew O'Shaughnessy (2), Brian Begley, Donal O'Grady and Michael Fitzgerald getting Limerick's scores.

Limerick shot three points without reply on the resumption through O'Shaughnessy and Michael Fitzgerald (2) to send them into the lead. With Limerick one in front from a Mike O'Brien score, Shanahan then rattled the Limerick net.

From then on Waterford kept their noses in front - John Mullane twice trading with Kevin Tobin and then Pat Tobin.

Shanahan struck again in the 28th minute after he found himself in acres of space. His cool finish effectively killed off the Limerick challenge and he put the icing on the cake a minute into injury time when he bagged his third.

Manager Justin McCarthy said afterwards: "The fighting spirit which has been the hallmark of this Waterford side all through the campaign was there again today and it got us through."



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