Sheehan shines as Rebels edge past Waterford
Cork 0-17 Waterford 1-10
Published 07/04/2016 | 02:30
Cork coped better with the blustery conditions at Walsh Park to move clear of Waterford and into the last four.
Denis Ring's charges trailed by one at half-time after playing into the strong wind, and kicked on with five quickfire points after the re-start to seal their semi-final berth while Waterford must settle for a play-off against Tipperary.
The wind-assisted Déise went 1-2 to 0-0 clear with only five minutes played. Just 19 seconds in, Eoin McGrath cut loose and smashed an unstoppable shot to the net.
The visitors soon settled with wing-back Eoghan Clifford employed as a spare defender. Matthew Bradley started off a purple patch of eight points in a row as Josh Beausang and Evan Sheehan also found their range.
Goalkeeper Billy Nolan posted Waterford's first point in 18 minutes from a long-range free and they edged 1-6 to 0-8 ahead at the break. However, the Rebels put their stamp on the contest during the third quarter and Waterford couldn't muster a response.
Scorers - Cork: Sheehan (1 's'), J Beausang (4fs) 0-5 each, M Bradley 0-4, C O'Mahony, R Bourke, L Healy 0-1 each.Waterford: E McGrath 1-0, B Nolan 0-3 (3fs), N Montgomery, E Murray (2fs) 0-2 each, Jack P, C Curran, M Mahony 0-1 each.
Cork - G Collins; P Lyons, N O'Leary, S O'Leary Hayes; J Cooper, R Walsh, E Clifford; C O'Mahony, R Bourke; J Sullivan, M Bradley, S Condon; L Healy, J Beausang, E Sheehan. Subs: B Buckley for O'Sullivan (41), J Saich for Walsh (49), D Gunning for Condon (53), R Howell for O'Leary (60), J Geary for Sheehan (63).
Waterford - B Nolan; C Giles Doran, J Flavin, D Power; D McGrath, H Ruddle Redmond, M O'Brien; C Curran, E Murray; N Montgomery, M Mahony, E McGrath; J Prendergast, D Guiry, T Douglas. Subs: C Dalton for O'Brien (35), T Barron for D McGrath (41) C Kirwan for Douglas (53), G Waters for E McGrath (58), J Reade for Guiry (59).
Ref - P Kelly (Tipperary)