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Hurling and camogie

How the Galway players rated in the All-Ireland hurling final

Andy Watters

Colm Callanan: Well rehearsed puck-out strategy paid dividends. He was accurate from restarts. Well beaten by Moran's eye-of-a-needle finish, could have done better for second but blocked Maurice Shanahan shot at start of second half. 7

Adrian Tuohey: Picked up Shane Bennett until he went off injured and then switched to Jake Dillon and later Brian O'Halloran. Worked hard. 7

Daithi Burke: A commanding presence in front of the Galway posts. Kept tabs on the muscular Shanahan after he came in and weathered the second half storm as the Deise lobbed ball-after-ball into the Galway square. 8

John Hanbury: Booked in the first half, he picked up Michael ‘Brick' Walsh and restricted him to a single point in the first half. At the coalface in the second half to negate Waterford's aerial threat. 7

Padraic Mannion: Shadowed Waterford's top scorer Pauric Mahony who hit three points from play. Given a difficult afternoon as the Deise broke at pace from the middle third but he stuck to his task. 6

Gearoid McInerney: One of two spare men in Galway's defence and provided cover in front of the full-back line. Dumped on his backside by a shoulder charge from Austin Gleeson, he won the next ball that came his way and restricted Gleeson's influence in the second half. 8

Aidan Harte: A composed performance from the Galway sweeper. Covered a lot of ground and nipped in to clear when Waterford threatened a third goal. 7

Jonnny Coen: Lost Kevin Moran for the Waterford skipper's early goal. Moran also managed a point, but the superbly balanced Coen got on top as the game progressed and scored a first half stunner himself. Late block as Tommy Ryan went for goal. 8

David Burke: See star man

Joseph Cooney: He had Tadgh de Burca for company but lost him for two first half points. Full of running, he put in a real shift for his side in the middle third. 7

Joe Canning: Played as a third midfielder and forced to retreat into his own half to keep tabs on Philip Mahony. Registered the first point of the game, one of four in the first half and he added five more frees in the second. 8

Jonathon Glynn: Started at full-forward but swapped with Cathal Mannion and adopted a deeper role. Worked hard but subbed early in the second half. 6

Conor Whelan: Noel Connors kept him on a short leash but he registered one of the best points of the first half from the shadow of the Cusack Stand. Full of unselfish running. 7

Conor Cooney: Chipped in with two quality first half points, but Shane Fives shackled him well in the second half. 7

Cathal Mannion: The lanquid Mannion made the game looked very easy at times and scored two sweetly-struck points in the first half. Barry Coughlan got to grips with him in the second and he was subbed. 7

Subs

Niall Burke: On for Glynn after 43 minutes. His first act was to force Shane Fives to concede a free and he scored two important points as well. 8

Jason Flynn: On for Mannion with 15 minutes to go. Scored immediately and added another to see Galway home. 8

Shane Maloney: On for David Burke with 70 seconds of normal time remaining.

Star Man

His duel with Jamie Barron was one of the best in the game. They hit two points each in the first half but the Galway skipper was the one who kicked on in the second. He landed two more crucial points just as Waterford looked like they could cause an upset. Superb performance. 9.5

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