Dalton penalty at death sends reigning champions packing
Cork 2-17 Waterford 1-19 - Munster U-21 HC Semi-final
Declan Dalton drove home a penalty in the sixth minute of injury-time to settle an exhilarating Munster Under-21 semi-final in Cork's favour at Walsh Park last night.
The Rebels were reduced to 14 men when Darragh Fitzgibbon received a straight red on 64 minutes but John Meyler's side persisted until sub Jack O'Connor was hauled down by Darragh Lyons. Dalton kept his composure and finished the hour on 1-12.
Seven Dalton points, three frees, two sidelines and two from play, gave the wind-assisted Rebels a 0-10 to 0-8 interval advantage.
On the resumption, two Patrick Curran conversions brought the Déise back on equal terms but Dalton (free) and Fitzgibbon restored Cork's two-point gap.
Reigning champions Waterford looked poised for victory as they overturned a five-point deficit during the second period, senior star Shane Bennett netting a goal eight minutes from the end.
They were enjoying a two-point advantage late on before that late, late show from the visitors.
Scorers - Cork: D Dalton 1-12 (8fs, 1-0 pen, 2 s-ls), R O'Flynn 1-0, D Fitzgibbon 0-3, P Leopold, M O'Halloran 0-1 each. Waterford: P Curran 0-10 (7fs, 1 65'), C Roche 0-5, S Bennett 1-1, C Curran 0-2, J Prendergast 0-1.
Cork - P Collins; D Griffin, E Murphy, S O'Donoghue; B Hennessy, D Browne, M Coleman; P Leopold, D Fitzgibbon; C O'Leary, D Dalton, M O'Halloran; A Myers, S Kingston, R O'Flynn. Subs: T O'Mahony for Myers (30), E Healy for O'Donoghue (32), J O'Connor for Kingston (50), D Lowney for O'Leary (54).
Waterford - B Nolan; D Prendergast, C Prunty, D Lyons; J Henley, C Gleeson, C Lyons; A Molumby, C Roche; J Prendergast, C Curran, S Ryan; P Hogan, S Bennett, P Curran. Subs: E O'Halloran for Molumby (42), D Lynch for C Lyons (42), A Casey for C Curran (49), JP Lucey for Ryan (59).
Ref - F Horgan (Tipperary).
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