Monday 19 February 2018

The game at a glance

Man of the match

John Miskella (Cork)

Named at centre-back, he scored 1-2 in a rampaging display, and while the goal was lucky, he earned everything else, getting forward well to join the attack and nullifying the impact of Patrick Hurney.

Turning point

None really, but perhaps a slight case could be made for Daniel Goulding's second goal early in the second half, given that Waterford had enjoyed a mini-revival just before half-time.

Talking point

Having scored four goals in eight championship matches last year, Cork scored five here, the first time in 18 years they managed to do so in the senior championship. Given that Kerry conceded three goals against Limerick, expect Cork to go for more green flags in Killarney.

Ref watch

Pat Fox didn't have a whole pile to do but allowed the game to flow sensibly and got the call right for the Waterford penalty.

What they said

Conor Counihan (Cork manager)

"It's a competitive set-up. We have to try and give everybody opportunities as much as we can manage that, it's up to fellas then to grasp it when they get it."

John Owens (Waterford manager)

"When you get the run on a team and attack like they did, it was going to be very difficult for us to control them. That's the way it turned out."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 11 (5), Waterford 9 (4)

Frees: Cork 10 (4), Waterford 17(8)

Yellow cards: Cork 0 (0), Waterford 1 (1) (P Hurney)

Attendance: 3,365

What next?

Cork travel to Killarney for the Munster final with Kerry on July 3, looking for their first win there since 1995, while Waterford enter the qualifiers draw.

Irish Independent

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