Browne rolls back the years

IT’S been a while since he has been introduced as ‘the young Tony Browne’ but yesterday Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald name checked the county’s veteran defender as such.

A week after his 37th birthday, the former Hurler of the Year, turned back the clock in glorious fashion with a stunning goal to draw yesterday’s enthralling Munster SHC final with Cork. It was the first time he hit the net in championship hurling since the equivalent decider against Tipperary in 2002 as Waterford went onto win the county’s first provincial senior title since 1963.

“It’s a long time, eight years, to wait to score a goal,” he smiled. ” But it couldn’t have come at a better time. When Eoin’s drive was stopped the ball hopped up nicely for me and I just took a swipe. I didn’t know where it would end up. I can’t tell you how relieved I was when I saw the net rattling.”

Browne admitted it was one of the most important goals he has scored for the county but warned: “However if we lose the replay then it will have been worth very little.”

Browne said their fight back displayed the fanatical spirit that Fitzgerald has instilled in this Waterford side.

He explained: “We never gave up and in my book we richly deserved the draw. Since Davy came in, there has been a serious work ethic in the team and we have all adapted to that. We also have a nice blend of young and old, myself definitely representing the latter, and we remain a team capable of taking on any opposition.”

While they had to rely on that last gasp equaliser to force a replay Browne admitted he was ‘disappointed’ they had allowed Cork back into the game after they enjoyed a four points lead.

“But look, we are still there, we have a replay ahead of us, and believe me I am looking forward to that just as much as I was to today’s game.”


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