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Waterford lay down marker as Cork lack cutting edge

Cork V Waterford

Cork 2-15 Waterford 0-25
By Jim O’Sullivan, Páirc Uí Rinn
WATERFORD hurlers made a statement of intent after going a man down after 20 minutes in yesterday’s absorbing Allianz League game in Pairc Uí Rinn.

The fact that they never fell behind after hitting three quick scores shortly afterwards testified to the character in the team and the resourcefulness of their players, with Michael Walsh and substitute Dan Shanahan playing particularly important roles in the second half.

Once more without the Newtown contingent and Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Cork never quite managed to come to grips with having an extra man, a fact conceded by John Allen afterwards: "Waterford were better, more accurate and they wanted to win more."

And, yet it wasn’t as if the result didn’t matter to the All-Ireland champions. "We will have to win our remaining games if we are to qualify,’’ Allen stressed. "When it comes to the championship we want to know that we have fellows on the line who we can bring in."

Taking obvious pride in their 25 points total (matching their score against Laois two years ago), winning manager Justin McCarthy revealed that he "didn’t mind too much" when Seamus Prendergast was sent off after receiving a second yellow card, and he always believed his team would win. "There’s great will in this team, great spirit. It was a matter of fellows foraging for the ball, cutting down space and trying to work that bit harder. You did not see the extra man at times.’’

The game was played in perfect conditions, with Waterford midfielder Eoin Kelly scoring the first of a succession of outstanding points with a free on 45 seconds. Scores were level four times up to the 14th minute, and on two more occasions, following Prendergast’s departure. That was more to Waterford’s credit, given they conceded a goal as early as the 6th minute.

The scorer was Conor Cusack, finishing well from a pass from Sarsfields’ Kieran Murphy, who did well to get away from two defenders. The initial break came from a clearance from Wayne Sherlock, who was giving John Mullane no scope.

In general there wasn’t a great threat from the Waterford attack. Team captain Paul Flynn operated in the left corner but wasn’t making much headway against Brian Murphy.

While Kelly was on top at midfield, the Cork attack still saw plenty of ball. However, not unusually, there was a lack of penetration in the half-forward line. Kieran Murphy of Erins Own showed ability with two good points, but wasn’t consistent enough, a fairly general fault. There was more of a threat from the inside three (with the ‘other’ Kieran Murphy showing up best initially), but they got little scope. As the game developed, the influence of Waterford defenders James Murray and Eoin Murphy became greater.

After scores were level for the last time in the 26th minute through Kelly, Waterford gained a psychological advance with rapid points from wing-back Brian Phelan and midfielder Shane O’Sullivan.

Despite being denied a goal when Flynn’s failed from a 21 yards free, Waterford enjoyed a three point lead at the break, 0-13 to 1-7.

While they made some unforced errors at the start of the second half, and there were stages when the extra man looked like telling, Waterford’s response to a strengthening Cork challenge was praiseworthy. It was to be seen in the improved play from Flynn on the left flank, Phelan’s strong play behind him, confident play from Eoin Murphy and, once he found his best form after moving to midfield, an outstanding contribution from the player known as ‘The Brick Walsh.’

Likewise, Shanahan made an immediate impact after his introduction in the 45th minute, winning clean possession and taking three great scores. Mullane, too, was much more involved, lifting Waterford supporters with a typical ‘aerial’ point after getting away from O’Sullivan. Eoin McGrath’s introduction also helped.

To give Cork credit, they never relaxed their effort, but while John Gardiner added strength at midfield and Tom Kenny was more involved, the attack lacked the cutting edge necessary to negate Waterford’s powerful play. They also accumulated some costly wides before substitute Neil Ronan had the ball in the net. That was in the third minute of injury time, too late to save the game after O’Sullivan’s effort at a penalty four minutes earlier was deflected over the bar by confident ’keeper Clinton Hennessy.

* All-Ireland referee Seamus Roche handled the game with firmness and authority.

Scorers: Waterford: E. Kelly 0-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65); P. Flynn 0-6 (0-4 f); D. Shanahan 0-3; M. Walsh and J. Mullane 0-2 each; S. Prendergast, J. Kennedy, B. Phelan, S. O’Sullivan and C. Carey 0-1 each. Cork: N. Ronan 1-1; J. Deane 0-4 (0-2 f, 0-1 ‘65); C. Cusack 1-0; R. Conway, D. O’Sullivan (0-1 f) and K. Murphy (Erins Own) 0-2 each; T. Kenny, M. O’Connell, N. McCarthy and J. Gardiner 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: C. Hennessy; T. Feeney, K. Murray, D. Coffey; B. Phelan, J. Murray, K. Moran; E. Kelly, S. O’Sullivan; S. Prendergast, M. Walsh, J. Mullane; J. Kennedy, C. Carey, P. Flynn. Substitutes: D. Shanahan for Carey and G. O’Connor for O’Sullivan (45th minute); E. McGrath for Kennedy (59th).

CORK: D. Og Cusack; B. Murphy, K. Cronin, C. O’Connor; W. Sherlock, R. Curran, D. O’Sullivan; T. Kenny, K. Hartnett; K. Murphy (Erins Own), N. McCarthy, M. O’Connell; K. Murphy, J. Deane, C. Cusack.

Substitutes: R. Conway for O’Connell (injured 31st minute); J. Gardiner for Hartnett (45th); N. Ronan for McCarthy (55th); G. Callinan for O’Connor (65th); P. Kelly for Sherlock (51st).

Referee: S. Roche (Tipperary).

 

Waterford lay down marker as Cork lack cutting edge

Cork V Waterford

Cork 2-15 Waterford 0-25
By Jim O’Sullivan, Páirc Uí Rinn
WATERFORD hurlers made a statement of intent after going a man down after 20 minutes in yesterday’s absorbing Allianz League game in Pairc Uí Rinn.

The fact that they never fell behind after hitting three quick scores shortly afterwards testified to the character in the team and the resourcefulness of their players, with Michael Walsh and substitute Dan Shanahan playing particularly important roles in the second half.

Once more without the Newtown contingent and Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Cork never quite managed to come to grips with having an extra man, a fact conceded by John Allen afterwards: "Waterford were better, more accurate and they wanted to win more."

And, yet it wasn’t as if the result didn’t matter to the All-Ireland champions. "We will have to win our remaining games if we are to qualify,’’ Allen stressed. "When it comes to the championship we want to know that we have fellows on the line who we can bring in."

Taking obvious pride in their 25 points total (matching their score against Laois two years ago), winning manager Justin McCarthy revealed that he "didn’t mind too much" when Seamus Prendergast was sent off after receiving a second yellow card, and he always believed his team would win. "There’s great will in this team, great spirit. It was a matter of fellows foraging for the ball, cutting down space and trying to work that bit harder. You did not see the extra man at times.’’

The game was played in perfect conditions, with Waterford midfielder Eoin Kelly scoring the first of a succession of outstanding points with a free on 45 seconds. Scores were level four times up to the 14th minute, and on two more occasions, following Prendergast’s departure. That was more to Waterford’s credit, given they conceded a goal as early as the 6th minute.

The scorer was Conor Cusack, finishing well from a pass from Sarsfields’ Kieran Murphy, who did well to get away from two defenders. The initial break came from a clearance from Wayne Sherlock, who was giving John Mullane no scope.

In general there wasn’t a great threat from the Waterford attack. Team captain Paul Flynn operated in the left corner but wasn’t making much headway against Brian Murphy.

While Kelly was on top at midfield, the Cork attack still saw plenty of ball. However, not unusually, there was a lack of penetration in the half-forward line. Kieran Murphy of Erins Own showed ability with two good points, but wasn’t consistent enough, a fairly general fault. There was more of a threat from the inside three (with the ‘other’ Kieran Murphy showing up best initially), but they got little scope. As the game developed, the influence of Waterford defenders James Murray and Eoin Murphy became greater.

After scores were level for the last time in the 26th minute through Kelly, Waterford gained a psychological advance with rapid points from wing-back Brian Phelan and midfielder Shane O’Sullivan.

Despite being denied a goal when Flynn’s failed from a 21 yards free, Waterford enjoyed a three point lead at the break, 0-13 to 1-7.

While they made some unforced errors at the start of the second half, and there were stages when the extra man looked like telling, Waterford’s response to a strengthening Cork challenge was praiseworthy. It was to be seen in the improved play from Flynn on the left flank, Phelan’s strong play behind him, confident play from Eoin Murphy and, once he found his best form after moving to midfield, an outstanding contribution from the player known as ‘The Brick Walsh.’

Likewise, Shanahan made an immediate impact after his introduction in the 45th minute, winning clean possession and taking three great scores. Mullane, too, was much more involved, lifting Waterford supporters with a typical ‘aerial’ point after getting away from O’Sullivan. Eoin McGrath’s introduction also helped.

To give Cork credit, they never relaxed their effort, but while John Gardiner added strength at midfield and Tom Kenny was more involved, the attack lacked the cutting edge necessary to negate Waterford’s powerful play. They also accumulated some costly wides before substitute Neil Ronan had the ball in the net. That was in the third minute of injury time, too late to save the game after O’Sullivan’s effort at a penalty four minutes earlier was deflected over the bar by confident ’keeper Clinton Hennessy.

* All-Ireland referee Seamus Roche handled the game with firmness and authority.

Scorers: Waterford: E. Kelly 0-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65); P. Flynn 0-6 (0-4 f); D. Shanahan 0-3; M. Walsh and J. Mullane 0-2 each; S. Prendergast, J. Kennedy, B. Phelan, S. O’Sullivan and C. Carey 0-1 each. Cork: N. Ronan 1-1; J. Deane 0-4 (0-2 f, 0-1 ‘65); C. Cusack 1-0; R. Conway, D. O’Sullivan (0-1 f) and K. Murphy (Erins Own) 0-2 each; T. Kenny, M. O’Connell, N. McCarthy and J. Gardiner 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: C. Hennessy; T. Feeney, K. Murray, D. Coffey; B. Phelan, J. Murray, K. Moran; E. Kelly, S. O’Sullivan; S. Prendergast, M. Walsh, J. Mullane; J. Kennedy, C. Carey, P. Flynn. Substitutes: D. Shanahan for Carey and G. O’Connor for O’Sullivan (45th minute); E. McGrath for Kennedy (59th).

CORK: D. Og Cusack; B. Murphy, K. Cronin, C. O’Connor; W. Sherlock, R. Curran, D. O’Sullivan; T. Kenny, K. Hartnett; K. Murphy (Erins Own), N. McCarthy, M. O’Connell; K. Murphy, J. Deane, C. Cusack.

Substitutes: R. Conway for O’Connell (injured 31st minute); J. Gardiner for Hartnett (45th); N. Ronan for McCarthy (55th); G. Callinan for O’Connor (65th); P. Kelly for Sherlock (51st).

Referee: S. Roche (Tipperary).