WATERFORD ADVANCED TO the Munster senior hurling final today thanks to a 3-19 to 1-21 win over Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles.
He was an injury doubt before the game but Maurice Shanahan was passed fit to start and played a vital role in his side’s victory.
Shanahan, whose older brother Dan is a Waterford selector, filled the sizeable void left by the injured Pauric Mahony, assuming the free-taking duties and contributing a personal tally of 1-9.
On RTÉ’s Sunday Game this evening, Donal Óg Cusack and Anthony Daly chose Maurice Shanahan as their man-of-the-match, selecting the Waterford forward ahead of the two other nominees — Cork forward Patrick Cronin and Waterford centre-back Austin Gleeson.
“There was a lot of talk about Pauric Mahony’s absence and who’d step up to the plate? Maurice really stepped up to the plate today and when Waterford needed him he really was there,” said Anthony Daly.
Donal Óg Cusack said: “Maurice Shanahan scored 1-9 and was the most critical player today when we looked at it.”
Do you agree with the panel’s selection or did someone else deserve the award?
Video: RTÉ Sport