Monday 29 May 2017

Horgan on top form to spearhead Rebel rally

Cork 0-25 Waterford 1-19

Cork’s Patrick Horgan in action against Shane Roche of Waterford last night. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Cork’s Patrick Horgan in action against Shane Roche of Waterford last night. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Denis Hurley

Cork took a big step towards reaching the Co-Op Superstores Munster HL final as they reeled in Waterford at Mallow last night.

With three wins from three, the Rebels have a bye this weekend but results in the other games could mean that they are assured a spot in the decider before their last game against Clare.

Inside the first 15 minutes, Kieran Kingston's side trailed by 1-5 to 0-1, Eamonn Murphy getting the Waterford goal, but Patrick Horgan's free-taking accuracy brought them to within a point, 1-10 to 0-12, by half-time.

An even second half could have gone either way - despite it being a league game, the public address informed the 1,216 present that a draw after 70 minutes would have resulted in extra-time - but Cork had a strong finish.

With the sides level on 65 minutes, sub Billy Nolan put Waterford 1-18 to 0-20 in front, but Cork responded as Horgan bagged his 13th point of the night before midfielder Daniel Kearney got his fifth.

After sub Darragh Fitzgibbon pointed to put Cork three in front, Tom Devine replied to cut the lead again but two other Rebel replacements -the manager's son Shane Kingston and Alan Cadogan - ensured that they would take the points.

Shane Bennett of Waterford scoring a point for his side. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Shane Bennett of Waterford scoring a point for his side. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

It was an outcome which looked remote when Murphy smartly finished to the net from Devine's lay-off in the fifth minute to put Derek McGrath's visitors 1-2 to 0-0 ahead.

Though Horgan eventually broke Cork's duck, the Déise lead extended to seven points but bit by bit Cork began to eat into the deficit.

They drew level with Horgan's tenth point, a beauty from the right, but Shane Bennett's fifth point for Waterford ensured that they led at the break.

Robbie O'Flynn tied matters again on the restart only for Murphy to put Waterford back in front, but four in a row from Cork - two each for Horgan and Kearney - suggested that they would push on.

Lorcan McLaughlin of Cork in action against Eoin Madigan of Waterford. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Lorcan McLaughlin of Cork in action against Eoin Madigan of Waterford. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Instead, Waterford replied with four of their own - all by Shane Bennett, with one unlucky not to be a goal - and while Kearney and Dean Brosnan put Cork 0-19 to 1-15 ahead, a Stephen Bennett brace put Waterford back in front.

Kearney levelled once more, and though Nolan replied, Cork had the edge in the closing stages.

Scorers - Cork: P Horgan 0-13 (9fs), D Kearney 0-5, R O'Flynn 0-2, D Brosnan, L Meade, D Fitzgibbon, S Kingston, A Cadogan 0-1 each. Waterford: Shane Bennett 0-9 (0-8fs), Stephen Bennett 0-5, E Murphy 1-1, B O'Keeffe, T Devine, B Nolan, C Roche 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; J Sheehan, C Spillane, S O'Donoghue; C O'Leary, L McLoughlin, C Joyce; C Murphy, D Kearney; D Brosnan, L Meade, M O'Halloran; M Cahalane, P Horgan, R O'Flynn. Subs: D Fitzgibbon for O'Halloran, C Lehane for Cahalane (both h-t), M Coleman for Murphy (48), S Kingston for O'Flynn (59), A Cadogan for Brosnan (62).

WATERFORD: I O'Keeffe; I Kenny, S Roche, C Chester; D Lyons, S Keating, C Lyons; M Kearney, E Madigan; B O'Keeffe, Stephen Bennett, E Murphy; C Roche, T Devine, Shane Bennett. Subs: M O'Brien for Madigan, C Gleeson for Chester (both 48), B Nolan for Kearney (55), A Molumby for Shane Bennett (58), J Lyons for Murphy (67).

Ref - F Horgan (Tipperary).

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