Déise minors hoping history repeats itself against Cats

THERE will be an air of nostalgia when Waterford and Kilkenny face off in tonight’s All-Ireland MHC quarter-final at Walsh Park (7pm).

Incredibly the neighbouring counties haven’t met in this grade since the All-Ireland final of 1948 when the Déise recorded an historic minor/senior double for the only time.

Waterford, after impressive victories over Tipperary and Limerick, were defeated by Clare in the provincial final.

A fractured wrist sustained in a club game rules out goalkeeper Paddy Cooke with Mount Sion’s Shane Forristal the likely replacement while Donal Breathnach and Cathal Curran, who impressed as second half subs against the Banner, could also start.

Kilkenny’s defeat to Dublin in the Leinster final was a major shock and manager Adrian Ronan will be desperate to revitalise their hopes.

Galway face Antrim in the other quarter-final.

GALWAY MHC: S Mannion; P Mannion, P Killeen, C Diviney; J Hanbary, S Sweeney, D Burke; D Higgins, P Flaherty; J Flynn, J Glynn, A Tuohy; B Lane, S Maloney, K Cullinane.

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