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27/10/2021

WAY BACK WEDNESDAY: The day Waterford's Dan Shanahan 'savaged' Limerick in the 2007 Munster final

With Waterford knocked out of this year's All-Ireland championship early, we've been starved of action in the Déise, so we've gone into the archives to re-live one of our great days. 

11 years ago, Waterford navigated their way through a packed Munster Championship to set up a final decider with Limerick in Semple Stadium. 

Waterford had commenced their Munster campaign just two weeks earlier, also in Semple, putting in a scintillating performance to topple Cork on a 5-15 to 3-18 scoreline. 

Dan Shanahan had found the net twice that day, but he was saving his best for the Munster final. The Lismore man took to the field without a helmet and absolutely unleashed on Limerick, netting three times in a commanding 3-17 to 1-14 win. 

The Sunday Game analysts were left waxing lyrical about his towering presence, ruthless attitude and innate ability to score goals, Cyril Farrell remarking, "Shanahan just savaged them." You can relive Big Dan's stream of green flags in the video at the top of this article. 

As it turned out, Waterford would beat Cork again in the All-Ireland quarter-final of that year, only for Limerick to gain their revenge and knock them out with five goals of their own in the semi-final. Kilkenny triumphed in the final. 

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