Liam - GAA 2017 All Ireland hurling final DVD
In a dramatic final before a packed Croke Park, Galway finally overcame a talented and skilful
Waterford side despite not scoring a goal and conceding two. But Joe Canning – the 4th
highest scorer in modern senior hurling – was on top form (0-9) while captain David Burke
(0-4) split the posts from midfield to finally break Waterford hearts in the final minutes. After
Galway lost two finals in the last 5 years their day finally arrived and the emotions were raised
even further as fans remembered two of Galway’s sporting heroes .
Joe McDonagh - long remembered for his rendition of The West Awake after they won in 1980
- and Tony Keady, Man of the Match in their 1988 win - both passed away in 2016 & 2017
As a contest neutral fans were looking forward to a tight game between two great attacking
sides packed with youth and experience. They didn’t disappoint as both squads contributed
to a memorable final. Remember earlier in the year Galway came back from 10 points
down to beat Waterford in the league quarter final. Since they never looked back and this
year savoured a clean sweep of victories - the Walsh Cup, the Allianz League, the Leinster
championship and now the All-Ireland. And if you’re scratching your head why Galway won
the Leinster Championship, the decision to allow them to play in a more competitive province
has certainly paid dividends for the county and the fans.
Let’s not forget either that it was only in 2015 that ‘player protests’ led to manager Anthony
Cunningham losing his job. New boss Micheál Donoghue, deserves huge credit for uniting
the camp and building a winning group of players who had put their credibility on the line.
Now 2 years later Galway captain David Burke raised the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the 5th time
in the county’s history and the 1st victory in 29 years.
LIAM 2017 features one of the classic All Ireland Hurling finals of recent times and a reminder why our national GAA games remains the most exciting field sports game in the world!
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