Cork win is elementary for Sherlock
Cork 2-18 Waterford 0-7
Cork's progression to the final was never in doubt as they led wire-to-wire against Waterford at the Gold Coast Resort, Dungarvan, yesterday.
A crowd of 297 hardy souls braved the bracing Atlantic breeze to take in this season opener for new boss Ronan McCarthy's side, who had 1-12 registered before Michael Curry opened Waterford's account in the 27th minute.
"It was a good workout for us, and it was good to have a competitive match," McCarthy said.
"We're back a few weeks and have a good bit of training under our belt. We have some challenge games under our belt, but nothing really compares to competitive games, obviously."
Playing with the wind, Cork had seven points in the first nine minutes, with Stephen Sherlock, Cathal Vaughan and John O'Rourke on target before Sean Powter's goal.
It was 1-13 to 0-1 by half-time and though Gavin Crotty and Jason Curry had scores for the hosts on the resumption, and Cork were limited to just a Cian Dorgan point in the third quarter, a comeback was never going to materialise.
Ruairí Deane, twice, and Sherlock went close with goal chances for Cork and they eased 1-17 to 0-4 in front, as O'Rourke and Sherlock (two frees, their only scores from dead balls) had points.
Sub JJ Hutchinson and Jason Curry responded for Waterford before Cork replacement Padraig Clancy, did well to get on the end of a Powter hand pass to find the net.
Scorers - Cork: S Sherlock 0-7 (2f), S Powter 1-2, J O'Rourke 0-4, P Clancy 1-0, C Vaughan, C Dorgan 0-2 each, M Collins 0-1. Waterford: J Curry 0-3 (2f), M Curry 0-2, G Crotty, JJ Hutchinson 0-1 each.
Cork: R Price; E Lavers, C Dorman, M McSweeney; K Flahive, S White, D Quinn; I Maguire, M Collins; R Deane, S Powter, J O'Rourke; C Vaughan, C Dorgan, S Sherlock. Subs: C Kiely for White, M Hurley for Vauaghan (both 47), S Wilson for McSweeney (54), P Clancy for Quin (56), M Taylor for Dorman, D O'Callaghan for Maguire (56).
Waterford: D Whitty; B Looby, T O'Gorman, D Guiry; J McGrath, S Ryan, C Maguire; M Curry, T Prendergast; G Crotty, J Veale, M O'Halloran; C Murray, P Whyte, J Curry. Subs: JJ Hutchinson for Guiry, M Scurry for Maguire (both 45), G Cullinan for McGrath (68, bc).
Ref - S Lonergan (Tipperary).