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Do you agree with The Sunday Game’s man-of-the-match selections?

TJ Reid and Alan O’Connor got the nod.

TJ Reid got the nod in the hurling.
TJ Reid got the nod in the hurling.
Image: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

THERE WERE TWO big provincial finals down for decision this afternoon, as the Leinster hurling and Munster football titles were down for decision.

In Leinster, Kilkenny proved far too strong for Galway, even despite Joe Canning’s heroics.

However, the Galway star wasn’t one of the three names put forward for The Sunday Game’s Man-of-the-Match award, as Donal Óg Cusack and Anthony Daly nominated his teammate Cyril Donnellan and Kilkenny duo Cillian Buckley and TJ Reid for this evening’s award.

In the end, 1-9 (1-3 of which was from play) was too hard to ignore for the analysts, as they picked Reid as the star of the day in Croke Park.

Daly in particular was almost smitten with the Kilkenny forward, saying, “he’s probably the most influential player in the game at the moment”.

In the Munster football decider, All-Ireland champions Kerry and Cork couldn’t be separated after a pulsating draw in Killarney.

Cork looked to be on the verge of a first win at Fitzgerald Stadium in 20 years, before Fionn Fitzgerald’s late long range point sent the game to a replay.

Kevin McStay and Ciaran Whelan were calling the shots for the Man-of-the-Match selections, and the trio they highlighted for praise were James O’Donoghue, who bagged 1-2, Cork’s Alan O’Connor and finally Colm O’Neill.

And it was Alan O’Connor who won the vote, after winning the battle in midfield.

Did the analysts get it right? Give us your thoughts below.

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