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Teamsheet Tuesday: Can You Name The Waterford Starting XV From The 2004 Munster Final?

Waterford overcame Cork in an epic Thurles battle to clinch the 2004 Munster Senior Hurling Championship on a scoreline of 3-16 to 1-21. 

The game is often remembered for being the day that a certain Déise number 13 confessed his love for his county and the people of Waterford in that now famous post match interview, following his red card as the celebrations ensued.

By 2004, these Cork and Waterford teams had built up quite a rivalry that would proceed all the way through the noughties.

Munster Hurling Final Waterford vs Cork 27/6/2004 Declan Prendergast of Waterford and Brian Corcoran of Cork Mandatory Credit©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Who could ever forget the stern battles the heroic Cork half-back line of John Gardiner, Ronan Curran and Seán Óg Ó hAilpín would put up against any forward unit who would dare take them on. Behind them was Diarmuid “The Rock” O’Sullivan manning the square, with Donal Óg Cusack leading from between the posts.

With the O’Connor twins, Ben and Jerry, reaping havoc for opposition and the dynamic inside forward line of Joe Deane and Brian Corcoran, this Cork outfit were always incredibly difficult to better every team they took the field.

However, that is just what Waterford did on that sunny June afternoon in Semple Stadium. They won their second Munster title in three years, their seventh of all time, having also previously clinched the provincial crown in 2002.

Munster Hurling Final 27/6/2004 Cork vs Waterford John Mullane of Waterford is restrained by Sean Og O'hAilpin after he struck Brian Murphy ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

With four goals, some of the best point-taking ever displayed, a red card, and the lead switching hands on countless occasions throughout the match, this game is often referred to as the greatest Munster hurling final of all time.

The counties are preparing to clash again this weekend, this time in the Munster semi-final on Sunday.

What we want to know is, how many of the winning team’s starting 15 from that glorious game of hurling in 2004 can you remember?

You have five minutes to give your best effort. Good luck!

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