Pundits give Fennelly a very nice surprise

Trevor Spillane

Trevor Spillane

OPPONENTS on the field of play might not surprise Michael Fennelly - but pundits are a different story.

Fennelly’s performance on Sunday saw him leave Croke Park with the Man of the Match trophy - but the Ballyhale Shamrocks man needed some convincing before accepting that the award really was his!

“It was a nice surprise - I don’t think I deserved it to be totally honest,” was the frank admission from the still shocked midfielder after the dust had settled on that All-Ireland semi-final win.

“I’m grateful to get the award, but I thought Paul Murphy and Jackie Tyrrell would have been contenders, while Henry (Shefflin) showed great leadership in the forwards,” Fennelly added. “I don’t think it was one of my best days, but I’ll take it!”

See this week’s Kilkenny People for full coverage of Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final win