Tuesday 17 July 2018

Barrett leads fight but Rebels miss out

Cork 3-17 Waterford 2-5 (Munster MHC semi-final)

Padraig Power celebrates with teammates after scoring Cork's second goal. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Padraig Power celebrates with teammates after scoring Cork's second goal. Photo: SPORTSFILE

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A 15-point win over Waterford in Thurles was a double-edged sword for Cork as it was not enough to see them reach the Munster MHC final.

Had Clare prevailed against Limerick in Ennis, then all five counties would have been tied on four points and Cork might have advanced on scoring difference, but instead the Shannonsiders' narrow win means they face Tipperary in the decider.

Cork can be proud of their effort, though. Having fallen behind to a tenth-minute Ciarán Keating goal for Waterford, they responded well through Jack Cahalane, Shane Barrett and Darragh Flynn before a goal from captain Shane Barrett had them 1-4 to 1-1 front and by half-time their lead was 1-9 to 1-2.

The advantage was extended further as Pádraig Power and Cahalane had points early in the second half while Waterford's situation was made tougher by the loss of Sam Fitzgerald to two yellow cards.

Cork continued to push with points from Barrett, Cahalane and corner-back Cian McCarthy and in the 52nd minute their quest received a further boost.

When Cormac O'Brien's dropping free wasn't dealt with by the Waterford defence, Cahalane's goal effort was blocked but Power was able to convert the rebound.

Ciaran Keating celebrates after scoring a goal for Waterford. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Ciaran Keating celebrates after scoring a goal for Waterford. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

However, Waterford responded with points from Keating and Michael Kiely and sub Oisín O'Gorman netted just after his introduction to reduce the gap to nine again.

Three Cork points did make it 12 once more and Barrett got his second goal right at the end, but events elsewhere meant that the win wouldn't be sufficient.

Scorers - Cork: S Barrett 2-2, P Power 1-2, J Cahalane 0-5f, D Flynn, A Connolly, C Hickey 0-2 each; E Twomey, C McCarthy 0-1 each. Waterford: C Keating 1-2, O O'Gorman 1-0, M Kiely 0-2f, A Organ 0-1.

Cork - D McCarthy; C McCarthy, N O'Riordan, C O'Brien; L Horgan, C O'Brien, C O'Donovan; E Twomey, D Flynn; K Moynihan, C Hickey, D Hogan; S Barrett, P Power, J Cahalane. Subs: O Broderick for Flynn (45), 23, A Connolly for Cahalane (54), C O'Donovan for McCarthy (59).

Cork's Shane Barrett keeps possession despite the efforts of Jack Ó'Floinn. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cork's Shane Barrett keeps possession despite the efforts of Jack Ó'Floinn. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Waterford - D Beecher; J Ó Floinn, C Wadding, R Furlong; K Mahony, G Fives, R Tierney; M Kiely, J Power; S Fitzgerald, T Gallagher, C Keating; O Ó Ceallaigh, C Mac Craith, A Organ. Subs: C Kavanagh for Organ, D Byrne for Tierney (both h-t), G Corbett for Mac Craith, P Leevy for Gallagher (both 48), O O'Gorman for Keating (55).

Ref - P Kelly (Tipperary)

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