Cork overcome flat Deise
Round Four of the Allianz National Hurling League was a do-or-die as far as Cork Senior Hurlers were concerned on Sunday last. With just a brace of points from their opening three games, another defeat to Waterford would see them in the dreaded relegation zone. For the home side who had secured four points it was a case of certain qualification for the knockout stages if they could garner a win. While there was a good crowd of over six and a half thousand it appeared that the majority, as one would expect, were for the home side. On recent league form the oddsmakers were very much in favour of a facile home win with a spread of over five points. That said it would also be unwise to ever rule out a Cork team as they have time and time shown that one win can turn their year around. Could Kieran Kingston get that all important win in Walsh Park. Could Cork do as they did in 2015 against Galway in their relegation battle and rise from the depths. Ah yes! the great imponderable of GAA games.
The weather played it's part at the Keane's Road venue with a nice dry day although there was a stiffish breeze blowing from the country end. The pitch while a little soft following the recent rain was going to be the same for both teams as referee Barry Kelly got proceedings underway.
Within thirty seconds Waterford through Paudie Mahony had their first point on the board. Three minutes later Youghal clubman Bill Cooper tied the score with a point from midfield. We didn't have very long to wait for the first goal of the match as Michael Walsh collected inside his own half and set Shane Bennett free. The young Ballysaggart clubman raced through and goaled 1-1 to 0-1. It all appeared to be going to plan for Waterford bainisteoir Derek McGrath and his management team. Bill Cooper added his second point for Cork and a foul on Seamus Harnedy saw Conor Lehane hit the post from the resulting free. Harnedy won another free in the 9th minute and Lehane pointed and the same player tied the score on 11 minutes with a point from play 1-1 to 0-4. Paudie Mahony was wide with an effort but from the resultant puck out Stephen Bennett pointed. With Lehane the architect the Rebels then added four unanswered points. Lorcan McLoughlin pointing in the 15th minute. A brace from Lehane and one from Seamus Harnedy who saw his first effort blocked but retrieved the ball to score number eight.
A foul on Maurice Shanahan saw Paudie Mahony add a Waterford point but Cork were winning much of the outfield battles and much like the game against Dublin it was the favourites who were playing "catch up". A foul on Alan Cadogan saw Conor Lehane point but Kevin Moran placed Austin Gleeson and the player-of-the-year pointed 0-9 to 1-4. The Midleton freetaker added another point in the 27th minute but hit a poor effort within a minute when he rushed his shot and drove wide. In the 29th minute wing forward Dean Brosnan added a point for Cork to extend the lead to 0-11 to 1-4 as Conor Lehane was cautioned for a foul on Tadhg de Burca. Alan Cadogan who was carrying an injury was substituted and Bandon clubman Michael Cahalane came into the action. Bill Cooper added his third point for Cork in the 31st minute and this was followed by one apiece from Conor Lehane and Shane Kingston. The latter a clever move between the scorer and the corner forward Luke Meade who created the score.
Cork ahead at the break 0-14 to 1-4 and really deservedly so as they had also squandered a number of scoring chances. I'm pretty sure Derek McGrath couldn't wait to get the players into the dressing room. The opening thirty five minutes was pretty much tame enough, similar to the Dublin match but, Waterford responded well in the second half against the Dub and we pretty much expected the same.
On the resumption Conor Lehane extended the Cork lead with a point but two converted frees in the 39th and 41st minutes from Paudie Mahony allied to one from Maurice Shanahan and a massive effort from a Mahony free saw the Deisae within striking didtance 0-15 to 1-8. Waterford, now had whatever breeze there was was at their backs. Luke meade and Dean Brosnan added a brace of points for the Rebels 0-17 to 1-8. A foul on
Maurice Shanahan saw Paudie mahony add a point. The lead was again back to five points. The big break for Cork came in the 48th minute as Luke Meade collected a breaking ball and raced through to goal. Tadhg de Burca was yellow carded but within thirty seconds Stephen McDonnell saw the same fate for a foul on Maurice Shanahan which Mahony again converted 1-17 to 1-10. Patrick Curran replaced Shane Bennett in the Waterford attack as Conor Lehane pointed a free. Austin Gleeson was just wide with a long distance effort as Maurice Shanahan was booked.
In the 57th minute Maurice Shanahan was red carded for an altercation and with the extra man Christopher Joyce landed a point 1-19 to 1-10. A point apiece from Conor Lehane and Paudie Mahony saw Cork maintain their nine point lead 1-20 to 1-11. Both teams appeared to lose concentration in the final five minutes with Bill Cooper, Kevin Moran, Darragh Lyons and Ciaran Joyce all missing the target. With just three minutes on the clock Waterford substitute broke the cove but his shot was saved by Cork custodian Anthony Nash and cleared. In the remaining minutes Cork added a point as Paudie Mahony and Patrick Curran had scores for Waterford.
The final score 1-21 to 1-13 was perhaps a fair reflection of the game as the Cork determination won the day but it was a day when Waterford, except for the opening minutes, never really looked as though they were going to win.
For now Waterford have four points but it is as many thought, all going down to the last game of the group when Waterford face Clare in Ennis. A win and they are through to the knockout stages while a loss or indeed a draw will depend on other results.
St Mollerans/Club Deise will host a Senior Hurling match versus Limerick in Fraher Field Dungarvan on Sunday March 19th at 2pm. All proceeds will go towards the County teams training fund. Admission is E10.00 with the programme proceeds going to Pieta House.
There were "house full" signs in Lawlors Hotel Dungarvan on Wednesday last for the launch of the new Deise Super Draw. Over the years the draw has become a huge financial lifeline for the clubs of the county with all money raised going directly to the clubs. Over the coming weeks leading up to the first draw on Wednesday 10th May you have the chance to be in to win one of the many cash prizes on offer including a top prize of €12500. Contact your local club for details.
EASTER CAMPS BOOKING
The Games and Development are running Easter camps in all three divisions during the holidays. The dates of the camps are Tuesday 11th -Thursday 13th April and the camps will run from 10am to 1pm each day.
Applications have been sent to the clubs and the camps take place as follows; Fraher Field and Kill GAA Club for boys born in 2003/2004 and Walsh park for boys born in 2005. Booking is available online through Coaching and Games Development. We will return to this in the very near future.
KELLOGGS CUL CAMPS
A reminder to all that the bookings for the 2017 Kelloggs Cul Camps are upon us. This year there are 41 camps in total including at County Grounds on the last week. Early booking is encouraged and all who book by 1st June will have their gear from club coordinator by school holidays. Cost for the camps this year is €60 for first child, €50 for second child from same family and €40 for all additional children from same family. Bookings are now available on http://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie