Leahy goal puts Cork in command
Cork 2-18 Waterford 0-13
Cork produced an impressive scoring burst in the second half to take victory against Waterford at Mallow last night.
In front of 588 people, an intriguing second half looked to be in store when points from Tommy Ryan (two) and Shane Bennett drew Waterford level at 0-11 each in the 45th minute.
However, they would only score two more points with Cork adding 2-7 to their tally, kick-started by three Patrick Cronin frees on the trot to give them breathing space.
While Waterford sub Andy Molumby replied with a point, Cork then pushed five clear as William Egan found sub William Leahy, who finished to the net with a great shot.
Cronin and Cooper added further points as Cork pulled clear, and at the death Cronin added a second goal to give himself a tally of 1-8. Having beaten Kerry last Sunday, another win this weekend against Limerick will all but guarantee Cork a place in the final, most likely against Clare.
In difficult first-half conditions, Cork's greater scoring threat saw them lead for most of the encounter.
While Shane O'Sullivan's point did put Waterford 0-5 to 0-4 ahead and Bennett was excellent from dead balls, frees from Cronin and three by Luke O'Farrell saw the hosts lead by 0-11 to 0-8 at half-time.
They almost doubled that advantage in the first minute of the second half but Damien Cahalane couldn't get on the end of Stephen Moylan's pass. Waterford did draw level, but Cork had more in the tank and pulled clear.
Scorers - Cork: P Cronin 1-8 (6f, 1 '65), W Leahy 1-1, L O'Farrell 0-3, S Harnedy 0-2, B Cooper, D Brosnan, S Moylan, P O'Rourke 0-1 each. Waterford: S Bennett 0-6 (4f, 1 '65), T Waring, T Ryan 0-2 each, S O'Sullivan, M Kearney, A Molumby 0-1 each.
CORK - P Collins; S Murphy, M Ellis, C Buckley; P O'Mahony, B Moylan, W Egan; C Murphy, D Cahalane; P Cronin B Cooper, D Brosnan; P O'Rourke, L O'Farrell, S Moylan. Subs: S Harnedy for O'Rourke (13-24, blood), Patrick O'Sullivan for Buckley (48), W Leahy for O'Farrell (54, inj), Harnedy for Brosnan (61).
WATERFORD - I O'Regan; C Gleeson, S Roche, K Bennett; P Prendergast, S McNulty, G O'Brien; C Dunford, S Bennett; T Waring, S O'Sullivan, C Guiry; T Ryan, C Roche, M Kearney. Subs: F McGrath for McNulty (35-h-t, blood), McGrath for O'Brien, S Keating for Guiry, S Ryan for Prendergast, A Molumby for Dunford (all h-t), H Barnes (Ballygunner) for S Bennett (57).
Ref - D O'Driscoll (Limerick)