HS hurling team of the week

July 16, 2018

Limerick's Dan Morrissey and Sean Finn celebrate at the final whistle of their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final victory over Kilkenny at Semple Stadium, Thurles.
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The race for the Liam MacCarthy Cup is down to just four teams after Clare and Limerick prevailed in their respective All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals at the weekend. Here's our team of the week.

1. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny)

The Glenmore netminder was sensational against Limerick, pulling off incredible saves to deny Aaron Gillane, Gearoid Hegarty and Seamus Flanagan. It was a real All Star performance.

2. Sean Finn (Limerick)

The young Bruff defender was detailed to mark TJ Reid and did a fine job in holding the Kilkenny dangerman to a solitary point from play.

3. David McInerney (Clare)

Was a commanding presence at the back as Clare booked a return to Croke Park for the first time since the 2013 All-Ireland SHC final replay.

4. Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick)

Another fine display by the Patrickswell man whose direct opponent Pat Lyng was replaced before half-time.

5. Diarmuid O'Keeffe (Wexford)

The pacey secondary school teacher impressed once again, but couldn't save Wexford's championship bacon.

6. Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny)

The Kilkenny captain tried his best to hold his defence together, but Limerick had too much firepower.

7. Dan Morrissey (Limerick)

While he came under pressure from Kilkenny sub Richie Leahy late on, Morrissey made some spectator catches which inspired the Treaty.

8. Cathal Malone (Clare)

The Sixmilebridge clubman formed a formidable midfield partnership along with Colm Galvin against Wexford.

9. Conor Fogarty (Kilkenny)

The Erin's Own man was his usual busy self against Limerick, but it wasn't Kilkenny's day.

10. Rory O'Connor (Wexford)

Scored 0-10 (0-9 from frees) in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, but the youngster's afternoon ended prematurely when he was sent off on a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident involving Rory Hayes.

11. Tony Kelly (Clare)

The former Hurler of the Year looks to be approaching his best form once again. He came flying out of the starting blocks to hit four points from play in the opening 26 minutes of the win over Wexford.

12. Tom Morrissey (Limerick)

The second Morrissey brother to make our team, Tom produced a man of the match display as Limerick ended their 45-year wait for a championship win over Kilkenny. He scored four points, including a brilliant solo effort which edged the Treaty back in front in injury-time.

13. Conor McDonald (Wexford)

Was Wexford's top-scorer from play with 1-3 against Clare.

14. Richie Hogan (Kilkenny)

Despite making his first start of this year's championship after a long injury layoff, the erstwhile Hurler of the Year was one of the Cats' top performers, finishing with 1-3 to his credit.

15. Shane O'Donnell (Clare)

Wexford couldn't handle the Eire Og corner forward whose four-point haul was crucial to Clare's success.

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