Thursday 30 March 2017

Clifford salvo helps Rebels shoot down Waterford

CORK always looked in command as they saw off Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh last night.

Despite missing senior football panellist Aidan Walsh -- who was named to start but did not tog out, suggesting he may be involved in Killarney on Sunday -- the Rebels' firepower was too strong for their visitors, who did not offer much.

The foundations for the victory were laid in the first half, the end of which Cork led by 0-7 to 0-1, though it should have been more as they shot 12 wides before half-time.

But the home side were still crisper and sharper early on as corner-forward Ryan Clifford hit four points, though Cork 'keeper Darren McCarthy did have to pull off an excellent save from Thomas Ryan in the 14th minute.

Within five minutes of the restart, both sides had been reduced to 14 players after Cork's Cian McCarthy and Owen Whelan of Waterford were both shown straight red cards after a clash.

Cork continued to dominate and added to their lead point by point, Seamus Farrell (two) and James Nagle with excellent long-range efforts. Cork sub Michael O'Sullivan wrapped things up with an injury-time goal and though that was answered by Waterford's Brian O'Sullivan, it was mere window-dressing on the scoreline.

Scorers -- Cork: R Clifford 0-6 (0-2f), M O'Sullivan 1-0, C McCarthy (0-1f), S Farrell, L O'Farrell 0-2 each, J Nagle, M Bowles, M Collins, P Gould 0-1 each. Waterford: B O'Sullivan 1-0, M Shanahan 0-2 (0-2f), S Kearney 0-1.

CORK -- D McCarthy; S McDonnell, E Keane, C O'Sullivan; J Nagle, W Egan, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, S Farrell; M Bowles, C McCarthy, M Collins; L O'Farrell, T Murphy, R Clifford. Subs: P Gould for Murphy (43), R White for Collins (45), M O'Sullivan for Bowles (54), G O'Connor for Nagle (56), F Keane for Clifford (59).

WATERFORD -- S O'Keeffe; S Kearney, B Coughlan, N Connors; J Prendergast, P O'Mahony, S Daniels; S Fives, O Whelan; R Fenton, M Shanahan, S Kearney; B O'Sullivan, S Aherne, T Ryan. Subs: A Connors for Fenton (h-t), P Prendergast for Daniels (46), P Donovan for Ryan (49), S Power for Aherne (51).

Ref -- D O'Driscoll (Limerick).

Irish Independent

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