Derek McGrath still proud of gallant Waterford stand

Despite suffering a heartbreak, Derek McGrath is still proud of Waterford’s gallant stand in the All-Ireland final.

“We were hit with four points in-a-row at the start of the game. I’m just so proud of our lads in terms of not crumbling. We managed to get ourselves back in the game almost against the head if you like with Kevin’s goal.” McGrath told RTE’s The Sunday Game.

Of course, they were disappointed that they did not win but he said they are extremely proud of what they accomplished.

“We were ranked 12/1 at the start of the year to win the championship so we’re very proud of the lads albeit I acknowledged last year that moral victories are probably gone in Waterford. It’s so hard to get back here again.”

The De La Salle clubman acknowledged the hard work Galway did and congratulated their win.

“Overall, I think Galway, it came a little bit easier to them at times so congratulations to Micheal and the lads from Galway.”

The future will have to wait for McGrath and Waterford as there are no plans yet if he will continue to a fifth term as Waterford’s senior hurling manager.

“I’m just in a dressing room where the scenes are devastation so I’ve put no thought into anything else only the fact that we were here to try to be as competitive and win the All-Ireland and unfortunately we haven’t done that.”