Dramatic Declan Dalton penalty six minutes into added time helps Cork snatch victory from jaws of defeat
Cork 2-17 Waterford 1-19
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 tonight.
The Rebels were reduced to fourteen when Darragh Fitzgibbon received a straight red on 64 minutes but John Meyler’s side persisted and sub Jack O’Connor was subsequently hauled down by Darragh Lyons. Dalton kept his composure and finished the hour on 1-12.
Reigning champions Waterford looked poised for victory as they overturned a five-point deficit during the second period. Senior star Shane Bennett netted a goal eight minutes from the end and energetic midfielder Colm Roche nailed five points. In front of 4,127 fans, they enjoyed a three point advantage before that late, late show from the visitors.
Seven Dalton points, three frees, two sidelines and two from play, gave the wind assisted Rebels a 0-10 to 0-8 interval advantage. The teams were level on four occasions. While Cork led by 0-7 to 0-4 with seventeen minutes on the clock, Roche and Patrick Curran dragged Waterford back into the contest. Shane Bennett also thrived around midfield.
On the resumption, two Curran conversions brought the Déise back on equal terms (ten points apiece). Dalton (free) and Fitzgibbon restored Cork’s two-point gap. Cormac Curran recovered one with a spectacular effort.
On 37 minutes, sub Tim O’Mahony supplied Robbie O’Flynn and he crashed the ball to the roof of the net. Another Fitzgibbon raid put them five up (1-13 to 0-11).
With eight minutes left, Waterford sub Andrew Casey slipped the ball inside to Bennett and he shortened the grip to flick it past Patrick Collins (1-15 to 1-14). Although Dalton subsequently equalised, the holders seemed set for another Munster final when Patrick Curran landed three in a row.
Dalton hit them with a sucker punch in stoppage time.
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)