Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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Waterford held by Cork despite dominating

Waterford, the reigning champions will have to defeat the Limerick Desmond League in their next match to keep a grip on the trophy they won so gloriously last season following the scoreless draw in Ozier Park on Sunday last. Following the weekends results the group standing are now as follows. Cork and Wexford have a total of four points each. Waterford have two points and the Desmond League have yet to get off the mark. Waterford will play the bottom side in Ozier Park early in the new year and Wexford will have to travel to Cork so there is a possibility that goal difference could decide the two teams that will move on the knockout stage. This was a game Waterford should have won because they dominated the entire 90 minutes but try as they might they just could not score the vital goal.

Conor Butler set down an early marker with nine minutes on the clock when he cracked in a shot from distance but keeper Callum Finnegan saved well.

A sweeping Cork move from a Waterford corner nearly yielded a goal for the visitors on 18 minutes when Ethan Varian slipped the ball into the path of Liam Ross but his first time right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area was saved by Dan Morrissey.

Liam Ross did have the ball in the back of the Waterford net on 23 minutes but his effort was rightly ruled out for offside before Darragh Wall had a chance at the other end soon afterwards when he took a pass from Conor Butler however keeper Callum Finnegan saved.

Waterford captain Danny Reynolds had a great chance to put his side in front on 36 minutes when Lee Kavanagh's left-wing corner kick was headed back across goal at the back post by Alex Phelan but Reynolds failed to head home from deep inside the penalty area.

Darragh Wall went real close to putting his side in front four minutes later when he raced to the near post to meet an Oisin Griffin right-wing cross but his cracking right-footed shot fizzed inches wide of the target with keeper Finnegan beaten.

It was Alex Phelan that had a golden chance to put the hosts in front on 44 minutes when he raced onto a through ball from Wall on the right-side of the penalty area but keeper Callum Finnegan stood tall to make a fine save with his feet.

There was one final chance for the young Blues to go in at the break with their noses in front when Conor Whittle turned provider for Kieran Sadey but despite outpacing the Cork defence, he chipped a right-footed effort over the bar.

The second half of the tie followed the same pattern as the first as Waterford continued to search for the opening goal as Alex Phelan got on the end of a right-wing corner kick from Conor Butler at the back post on 61 minutes but his shot was blocked on the line by keeper Callum Finnegan.

Finnegan came to his sides rescue with a smart save four minutes later when Darragh Wall knocked the ball into the path of Conor Whittle but the winger saw his left-footed effort saved before Wall missed a gilt edged opportunity on 72 minutes when he misfired in front of goal after a cross from Kieran Sadey.

Tom Carney was the next player to go close for the young Blues ten minutes from full time when he got on the end of a ball into the penalty area but the central defender failed to hit the target from close range when he looked certain to score.

Conor Whittle did have two late chances for Waterford but he was twice denied by keeper Finnegan before Cork were reduced to ten men in the final minute as midfielder and skipper Jack Turner picked up a second yellow card for a deliberate trip on Alex Phelan.

WATERFORD LEAGUE: Dan Morrissey, Oisin Griffin, Danny Reynolds, Favour Eddy, Tom Carney, Conor Butler, Lee Kavanagh, Conor Whittle, Darragh Wall (Dylan Swales `80), Alex Phelan, Kieran Sadey (Cameron Power `74)

CORK LEAGUE: Callum Finnegan, Adam Bruton, Christian Buttimer, Dean McCarthy, Ben Healy, Cathal Crowley, Ethan Varian (Matthew Long `68), Jack Turner, Liam Ross, Michael Hammett (James Falvey `46), Adam Hunt

Referee: Christopher Maher assisted by Gavin Keyes and Ian O'Keeffe


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