Cadogan on fire as clinical Rebels sink Waterford
Cork 3-18 Waterford 0-16 - Munster U-21 hurling semi-final
Cork stung favourites Waterford with three second-half goals in front of 3,717 fans at Walsh Park to reach the provincial decider. Full-forward Anthony Spillane bagged a brace and senior superstar Alan Cadogan scored 1-4 as the Cork inside line fired 3-12 between them.
Peter Queally's hosts held a 0-11 to 0-10 advantage at the break and the Deise dominated the early stages.
Patrick Collins produced two point-blank saves to deny Ryan Donnelly and Donie Breathnach.
Points from Austin Gleeson, Gavin O'Brien, Ray Barry and Jake Dillon handed Waterford a three-point lead (0-4 to 0-1) but Cork levelled up with Cadogan and centre-forward Colm Spillane striking two apiece.
Waterford kept their noses in front through Austin Gleeson but Cork proved stubborn. Gleeson hit five first-half efforts but the fleet-footed Cadogan kept Cork in the hunt with four from play, while Rob O'Shea converted three frees.
Placed balls from Gleeson and Jake Dillon nudged Waterford ahead at halfway.
Waterford goalkeeper Seanie Barry was then called into action to save from Cadogan 17 seconds into the second period. The Douglas man pounced for the crucial goal on 35 minutes, calmly rounding Barry and slotting to the net.
They never relinquished their lead. On 45 minutes, Anthony Spillane pounced on a short puck-out to blast past Barry. Wing-back Cormac Murphy saw red but that didn't deter the rampant Rebels as Spillane buried his second goal.
Scorers: Cork: A Spillane 2-1, A Cadogan 1-4, R O'Shea 0-7 (4fs, 1 65'), C Spillane 0-3, S O'Keeffe 0-2, C Burke 0-1. Waterford: A Gleeson 0-7 (3fs, 2 '65's), J Dillon 0-3 (1f), G O'Brien 0-2, R Barry, J Barron, R Donnelly, T De Burca 0-1 each
Cork: P Collins; S Murphy, C Barry, C Buckley; K Kavanagh, C Burke, C Murphy; D Brosnan, R Cahalane; S O'Keeffe, C Spillane, M Collins; A Cadogan, A Spillane, R O'Shea. Subs: M Sugrue for Brosnan (47), K McIntyre for C Spillane (58), C Walsh for A Spillane (60).
Waterford: S Barry; S Roche, K Daly, S McNulty; M Harney, T De Burca, R Barry; C Dunford, M Kearney; J Barron, A Gleeson, G O'Brien; D Breathnach, R Donnelly, J Dillon. Subs: S Bennett for Breathnach (38), K Power for Harney (45), T Devine for Kearney (54).
Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary).