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Waterford Boss McGrath Makes Bold Call Ahead Of Kilkenny Clash

Derek McGrath

Waterford take on neighbours Kilkenny this weekend and Déise boss Derek McGrath has made a bold call ahead of the clash. 

Former All-Star Maurice Shanahan doesn’t make the cut as Jake Dillon replaces the Lismore man.

There is also no place for the recently returned Stephen Bennett, who has served his one-game suspension.

Maurice, who has started both of Waterford’s games to date, is left out and this will come as a shock to the Déise followers.

2015 All-Star Shanahan was one of the few to come in for praise in Waterford’s defeat to Cork, however there is no place for the big man this weekend.

However, Dillon will bring plenty of experience with him. It’s likely McGrath has decided to go with a horses-for-courses approach to the game.

Dillon rattled the net in McGrath’s side’s replay defeat to the Cats last August. When operating close to goal, the 24-year-old has proven himself as a finisher. He has netted three championship goals since his debut in 2013.

However, the De La Salle man has become more well known for his high work rate under McGrath’s reign. It’s highly possible that the former WIT student will operate as a deep-lying half-forward.

The Déise team lines out as follows (via

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
12. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
13. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
14. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
15. Darragh Fives (Tourin)

Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena

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