Thursday, 20th September 2018
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Cork bobs but stays afloat

The Waterford Senior Hurlers bid a losing farewell to Munster Championship 2018 last weekend as they went down to Cork on a 1-23 to 1-20 scoreline . This was a harrowing campaign for all concerned. Having been relegated to the second tier of the Allianz National League, the tally of injuries and some huge umpire decisions certainly contributed to an early exit from the Provincial Championship. On Sunday last Derek McGrath and his management also saw during the game Jake Dillon, Brian O'Haloran, Stephen Bennett and Noel Connors all added to the growing injury list. However that said it was a brave and determined effort by Waterford and only a goal from Seamus Harnedy (too many steps?) in the final minutes saw the Rebels ahead 1-19 to 1-18. As the Deise began to tire Patrick Horgan and co edged clear those few precious points clear.

The game began with Waterford very much on the front foot. Aided by some superb shooting from Padraig Mahony (0-6), they were the team in the ascendancy and deservedly led 0-15 to 0-11 at the break. Waterford, with the magnificent Michael "Brick" Walsh making his 74th championship appearance, looked to have put all their recent problems behind although Cork through the efforts of Patrick Horgan and Bill Cooper began the fightback. "Brick" and Jamie Barron opened the Cork door and sent Tommy Ryan through on goal 1-16 to 0-16. The Deise edged back in front as the clock passed the 67 minute mark. Cork's Seamus Harnedy collected and goaled 1-19 to 1-18. Padraig Mahony fires Waterford level and then edges his team ahead once again. However Patrick Horgan levels once again as the Waterford support in the twenty odd thousand drive the team on Horgan puts the Rebels in front 1-19 to 1-18 but again Mahony levels and as Waterford tired Cork through Spillane and Patrick Horgan added the insurance points to see the Leesiders claim a victory and with it a place in the Provincial decider..

Cork will contest this decider where they will face Clare, very impressive Cusack Park winners over high flying Limerick 0-26 to 0-15 .

Minors Bow Out

It was heartbreak for the Gary Morahan Waterford Minor Hurlers as they made their exit from the Munster championship after going down 3-17 to 2-5 to Cork in the opening game of this Semple Stadium double header. Following two terrific wins over fancied Tipperary and Limerick following defeat to Clare, there was huge anticipation that Waterford might just have become real contenders for Munster and ten minutes after the start following a goal from Ardmore's Ciaran Keating there was real confidence in the side. There were a number of missed chances on both sides but the Rebels weathered the storm and led 1-9 to 1-2 at the break. The goal coming courtesy of Shane Barrett.

Cork continued to edge the game early in the second half and the deise were dealt a huge blow on the quarter hour mark as Sam Fitzgerald received a second yellow card. A second goal for Cork from Padraig Power saw the Leesiders maintain a grip on the scoreboard although Waterford through Lismore's Oisin O'Gorman clinched a second goal with a couple of minutes on the clock. Whatever chance was there for Waterford was gone in the final minutes as Shane Barrett got his second and Cork's third goal to see them over the line with plenty to spare. Despite this win Cork failed to make the Munster Minor Final as a win for Limerick over Clare saw them into the Provincial decider.

Deise Draw

A reminder to all clubs that the second in the series of Deise Draw 2018 will take place in Stradbally GAA Centre on Wednesday 27th June.

This draw is a financial lifeline for all the clubs of the county and your support has helped foster the National Games as well as helping the clubs to put in place facilities for generations to come.

To be in with a chance of winning one of the many cash prizes and to support the effort please call your local GAA club.

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