Barrett leads fight but Rebels miss out
Cork 3-17 Waterford 2-5 (Munster MHC semi-final)
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.
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).
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)