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Great footage of Derek McGrath and Micheál Donoghue in opposition in the 1992 minor final

“How many fingers am I holding up?”

inpho_01190723 Derek McGrath and Micheál Donoghue after April's Allianz Hurling League quarter-final. Source: INPHO/Mike Shaughnessy 

WHEN WATERFORD FACE Galway at Croke Park this Sunday, it won’t be the first time that respective managers Derek McGrath and Micheál Donoghue have been in opposite corners on All-Ireland final day.

Back in 1992, McGrath was at centre-forward for Waterford and Galway had Donoghue at wing-back in a minor final which ended in a 1-13 to 2-4 victory for the Tribesmen. Current Galway coach Francis Forde was also at midfield for his county that day.

“I marked him [Donoghue] in a ’92 All-Ireland minor final, a long time ago,” McGrath told us after Waterford’s recent semi-final win against Cork.

“I was on a player called Conor O’Donovan from Galway, he was a brilliant player, I was shifted over to Micheál, he was left-half back. And I was moved into the corner. I wasn’t taken off now but I don’t know how I wasn’t.”

Ahead of Sunday’s decider, the GAA have released footage of that minor final 25 years ago. Keep an eye out for Derek McGrath — in the yellow helmet — passing the referee’s old-fashioned head injury assessment after looking a little unsteady on his feet.

On Sunday, McGrath will aim to guide Waterford to their first All-Ireland senior title since 1959. Ending a wait that has lasted since 1988 is the aim for Donoghue.

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