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Have A Look Back At The Young Hurling Stars To Emerge This Summer

Have A Look Back At The Young Hurling Stars To Emerge This Summer
By Vincent Whelan Updated

With the the final of the Electric Ireland Hurling Minor Championship having taken place between Cork and Galway, it's no surprise to see each side are represented on the nominees for player of the month for August.

Cork forward Brian Roche, who has starred for the U-17s this season as well, and Galway defender and captain Darren Morrissey each played a key role in their side's road to the showpiece match.

Ultimately, Galway emerged victorious after a pulsating match. They came out on top 2-17 to 2-15. Both nominees, however, as well as all those involved in what was a special match can be proud of their efforts on the day and throughout the season.

Brian Roche - Cork

It had already been a month to remember for Roche as he claimed an All-Ireland winner's medal in August. He captained the U-17s team that saw off a late challenge from Dublin to see home a 1-19 to 1-17 victory in the final.

The Bride Rovers man wasn't the only one of that U-17s team to be lining out on Sunday as there were seven other players on both panels too.

It's a testament to their dedication as well as skill that they have gone to such lengths to represent their county at every avenue available to them.

Cork also saw off Dublin in the semi-finals of the Minor Championship to go along with comfortable wins over Waterford and Clare.

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Their biggest challenge on the road to the final was an epic tie with Tipperary. The first match ended in a draw even after extra-time, and the replay wasn't much less of a mammoth battle as they eventually ran out 2-22 to 2-19 winners in a breathless encounter.

Darren Morrissey - Galway

Morrissey's impact, meanwhile has been at the back as the corner-back as he has had to curb the influence of some of the brightest forwards in the game during Galway's road to the final.

Like Roche, the Sarsfields man is a natural leader as he has captained his side to victory over Leinster champions Kilkenny and Munster finalists Clare.

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It was in the semi-final against Kilkenny that Morrissey really distinguished himself as he and his full-back line compatriots had the hefty challenge of negating a free-scoring Kilkenny attack that had blitzed its way through Leinster, amassing an average score of 4-19 in the process.

On the day though, the Cats were held to just 2-8 in what was a gritty, disciplined performance by the Galway defence, led by Morrissey.

 

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