HS hurling team of the week

April 01, 2019

Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O'Keeffe saves a shot at goal from Limerick's Aaron Gillane during the Allianz HL Division 1 final at Croke Park. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

The Limerick trophy cabinet gained a new addition yesterday as John Kiely's side rounded off an impressive league campaign in fine style...

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Waterford)

There was nothing that O’Keeffe could do about Aaron Gillane’s wonder goal and he pulled off some smart saves.

2. Philip Mahony (Waterford)

Mahony and his Waterford team-mates will be determined to make up for the disappointment of this final loss when they play host to Clare in their Munster SHC opener.

3. Sean Finn (Limerick)

The Treaty County’s full-back bravely blocked out a Stephen Bennett effort at goal.
4. Richie English (Limerick)

The Limerick defence had the measure of Waterford’s forwards and restricted them to eight points from play.

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick)

The latest in a long list of fine all round displays from the Patrickswell player.

6. Declan Hannon (Limerick)

Restored to the starting 15, the captain was consistency personified in everything he did.

7. Kevin Moran (Waterford)

The experienced Deise defender refused to throw in the towel but they were outclassed on this occasion.

8. Cian Lynch (Limerick)

The ‘Hurler of the Year’ came out on top in his individual battle with Jamie Barron.

9. Darragh O’Donovan (Limerick)

Along with Lynch, O’Donovan helped to give his team the edge around the middle third of the field and made the scoresheet with a sideline.

10. Gearoid Hegarty (Limerick)

The physically imposing half-forward clipped over three points.

11. Tom Morrissey (Limerick)

Morrissey’s long range delivery created the opening for Aaron Gillane’s memorable goal.

12. Pauric Mahony (Waterford)

The Ballygunner man found the target with 0-5 (0-4 frees) for Paraic Fanning’s side.

13. Aaron Gillane (Limerick)

Gillane’s goal was worth the admission price alone while he also chipped in with nine points for good measure.

14. Stephen Bennett (Waterford)

Bennett was Waterford’s main scorer-in-chief and finished the contest with 0-9 (0-3 from play) to his name.

15. Peter Casey (Limerick)

The Na Piarsaigh clubman raised three white flags.

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