Dan Shanahan is optimistic that Waterford’s “day” as champions will come thanks to their young roster.
“I think we’ll have our day, I can’t guarantee that, but personally 110% I think we’ll have our day.” he said.
Shanahan, who is Derek McGrath’s right-hand man, said Galway’s three point victory was okay, but it was not spectacular.
“The effort they put in was absolutely phenomenal, we are gutted we lost.”
Nevertheless, he said they are proud of the effort the players showed on the field.
“They’ve given us everything they had, and today it didn’t work out for some players. You have days like today in sport. Galway were a small bit better than us, not that much better and everything they hit went over the bar.”
Shanahan was at the same situation years ago when he played in the 2008 final.
“I’m just so disappointed today that we didn’t perform like we could perform, but yet I’m so proud of the lads the way they knuckled down and tried to perform.”