Thursday, October 07, 2021

1. Richie Roche (Mount Sion)
Produced five fantastic saves including a second half double stop from Conor Whelan and Tom O’Connell in the Junior Final.

2. Ian Kenny (Ballygunner)

Stuck tight to Brian Nolan and carried the ball forward when the opportunity arose.

3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)

Won his battles with Shane Mackey high or low and used the ball wisely. Always out in front.

4. Tadhg Foley (Ballygunner)

Passed unselfishly across goal for Dessie Hutchinson to finish to the net before he played a quick 65 to Pauric Mahony for a point. Picked up Gavin O’Brien in the first half.

5. Micheál Harney (Dunhill)

A player that belongs on the senior stage. The Eastern final man of the match gave another sturdy display in a teak tough half back line.

6. Shane McNulty (De La Salle)
Ruled the skies in his duel with Stephen Bennett and sent over two second half points.

7. Shane O’Sullivan (Ballygunner)

Strong in the air all afternoon and never wasted a ball out of defence. Took a yellow card for the team when Emmet O’Toole threatened a goal.

8. Paddy Leavey (Ballygunner)

Got through a pile of work in the first half. Made a high fetch, assisted a point for Harry Ruddle and won a free. Kept the ball moving with the Brick flick. His signature move.

9. Mark Cummins (Brickey Rangers)

Drove the Brickeys forward during a difficult first half. The county footballer was involved in John Morrissey’s goal and struck three points from play.

10. Reuben Halloran (De La Salle)
1-11 (1-5 from play) from the Waterford under 20 forward secured De La Salle’s senior survival for 2022. Stepped up on the frees this season.

11. Mikey Mahony (Ballygunner)

Another busy afternoon for a hungry half forward who makes things happen. An early turnover created a point for Dessie Hutchinson. He shot two of his own in the third quarter.

12. Peter Hogan (Ballygunner)

Hit two fantastic points in the first quarter. Hassled and harried opponents throughout. A top performer from the first game to last.

13. Dessie Hutchinson (Ballygunner)

1-9 from play in a senior hurling final is a rare and wonderful thing. 1-7 off his left, two points off his right. Constantly out in front of Rory Furlong and Conor Ryan. The man of the match award was wrapped up by the first water break.

14. Shane Casey (Dunhill)

13 points from the former county forward fired the 14 men to their first intermediate title in ten years. Eight of those came in the second half.

15. Conor Whelan (Brickey Rangers)

The ball was like a magnet to the corner forward in the final quarter as he slotted five points in seven minutes. The man of the match finished with seven in total.

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By Tomás McCarthy
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