Tony Con­si­dine

Irish Examiner - Sport - - ALL-IRELAND SHC FINAL -

1 Stephen O’ke­effe (Bal­ly­gun­ner)

Very con­sis­tent this sum­mer. Has only been beaten three times. Dis­tri­bu­tion is solid. Tends to play a lot of short puck-outs. At times, he’d be bet­ter served if he went for dis­tance. Ex­cel­lent shot-stop­per, par­tic­u­larly when the slio­tar is trav­el­ling above knee height. Al­ways makes him­self avail­able if de­fend­ers get into bother. Stephen O’keefe Noel Con­nors Conor Whe­lan Barry Cough­lan Conor Cooney Shane Fives Jonathan Glynn Dar­ragh Fives Philip Ma­hony Cathal Mannion Tadhg De Búrca Kieran Ben­nett Jamie Bar­ron Joe Can­ning Kevin Mo­ran Joseph Cooney Man­age­ment:

Derek has had his crit­ics, both inside and out­side the county. He is play­ing to the strengths of what he has at his dis­posal. Some peo­ple would ques­tion the level to which he makes him­self avail­able to the press. I don’t see any is­sue with it. I’d like to put a GPS tracker on Dan be­cause he’s put­ting up more mileage than most play­ers on match-day. Is it that he wants to show off his legs? Dan would see a lot more if he stood up and watched the game from the one po­si­tion. Derek made a great play in bring­ing in Eoin Mur­phy and Fer­gal Hart­ley. They bring a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to the table. Man­age­ment is to be com­mended for the phys­i­cal con­di­tion­ing of the Water­ford play­ers for they re­ally are in top shape.

Subs:

Water­ford def­i­nitely have the up­per hand here. Plenty of ev­i­dence from their re­cent games to sup­port this. Derek has used the bench smartly this sum­mer. Mau­rice Shana­han is a se­ri­ous weapon to have if the for­ward unit finds them­selves be­ing suf­fo­cated. Brian O’hal­lo­ran and Tommy Ryan have done the busi­ness when sprung from the bench. Pa­trick Cur­ran, too, is an ex­cit­ing prospect. Lest we for­get Colin Dun­ford and Stephen Ben­nett, the lat­ter ap­pear­ing to have dropped down the peck­ing or­der since pick­ing up a one-match ban af­ter the Mun­ster semi­fi­nal. Plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence there by com­par­i­son with Gal­way. Given the phys­i­cal­ity of the Gal­way de­fence, Tom Devine will be missed in terms of bench op­tions. Bit shy when it comes to de­fen­sive cover. Cork se­lec­tor

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