Tuesday 16 January 2018

Austin Gleeson goes from hero to villain as Cork deny Waterford victory with late, late point

Waterford 1-21 Cork 1-21

Austin Gleeson, Waterford, celebrates after scoring his side's goal
Austin Gleeson, Waterford, celebrates after scoring his side's goal

Waterford and Cork must do it all over again after teenage star Austin Gleeson scored an amazing goal before conceding a needless free that Patrick Horgan converted to secure a draw for the Rebels

When Gleeson scored his stirring solo goal, an early contender for goal of the season, Waterford led by nine after 46 minutes but Cork rallied superbly an earned another crack at Derek McGrath's team.

Pauric Mahony and Pat Horgan swapped early frees in the rain at Semple Stadium to get the game underway.

Another Mahony free, a Brian O'Sullivan point, a Jamie Nagle score from distance and an excellent effort from Tadhg de Burca saw the Deise race into a four-point lead.

Alan Cadogan fired over his first championship point before Mahony and Seamus Harnedy swapped scores.

Derek McGrath's men were showing plenty of resolve and further points from Mahony and Jake Dillon

Richie Foley had to come on for Waterford in place of Eddie Barrett, who picked up an injury after coming down heavily following a collision.

Football All Star Aidan Walsh sent a sideline cut sailing over the bar for the Rebels to cut Waterford's lead to four by the 25th minute.

A second Alan Cadogan point was cancelled out by a huge score from Jamie Nagle.

Patrick Horgan fired over another free before last year's minor hero from Waterford Austin Gleeson scored a glorious sideline cut with a slight breeze at his back.

Pauric Mahony's sixth successful free gave Waterford a six-point lead deep in the first half.

Horgan and the increasingly influential Gleeson traded scores in first half injury time and Waterford led by six at the interval.

Both sides fired two scores from play at the beginning of the second half before Alan Cadogan continued his impressive debut with another point to put five in it.

Pat Horgan was successful again from a placed ball before Austin Gleeson produced a moment of magic to shrug off Aidan Walsh's challenge, gallop past the 20 metre line and slam the ball into the top corner.

Shane Walsh pucked his first point before Cork got the goal they needed when Pat Horgan's shot produced an amazing save from Stephen O'Keeffe but in the scramble afterwards, sub Bill Cooper somehow tapped it in.

Mahony and Aidan Walsh swapped scores before Cork began to erode into Waterford's lead.

Points from Horgan (3) and Cadogan made it a one-point game with 10 minutes remaining with Horgan's switch to the half-forward line paying dividends for Jimmy Barry-Murphy's men.

Horgan and Mahony swapped soft frees and Waterford led by a solitary point with three minutes remaining.

The sides were level in the 69th minutes as Bill Cooper fired over a point for the Rebels.

Seamus Prendergast put Waterford back in front on the stroke of full time but an impetuous late foul on Anthony Nash by Austin Gleeson saw a free from where the sliotar landed and the flawless Horgan dissected the uprights to level the game and set up a replay next week.

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