County Hurling Final at a glance

Man of the Match: Shane McGeeney (Athleague) Though the official Man of the Match award went very deservedly to Mervyn Connaughton, he of all men won’t begrudge the People’s award going to Shane McGeeney. McGeeney was out in front of his man all day to win hard ball and a few crucial frees. Ultimately, his direct scoring contribution amounted to seven points. He had his day of days on the biggest day of all.      The weather: After a miserable morning, the day brightened up and conditions were reasonable for this eagerly-awaited replay.  Entertainment value: An entertaining fixture which featured some fine scores.  Referee Watch: Brendan McDermott let things flow and exercised commonsense, allowing an enthralling game to take centrestage. The crowd: Disappointing really, since a miserable morning had blossomed into a reasonable afternoon.