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Thursday 23 November 2017

Foran goal inspires Waterford comeback

Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-20 Munster MHC Semi-final

A brilliant display in the second half of extra-time saw Waterford reach the final at Pairc Ui Rinn.

A brilliant display in the second half of extra-time saw Waterford reach the final at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Trailing by a point at the halfway stage in the additional period, a quickfire blast of 1-2, the goal from DJ Foran, turned the game the Deise's way.

Patrick Curran, with a haul of 12 points, was outstanding for Waterford, while centre-back Austin Gleeson also shone, but Cork will rue this defeat.

Set on their way by Michael Cahalane's goal after 40 seconds, Cork augmented that lead as the excellent Rickard Cahalane and Pa O'Callaghan added scores.

Stephen Bennett missed an early penalty for Waterford and Cork pushed 1-7 to 0-1 clear by the 22nd minute, Pa O'Callaghan and Anthony Spillane impressing.

The Deise, however, got the last three scores of the half through Patrick Curran (two) and Colm Roche to trail by three, and they led after a rip-roaring start to the second period.

A goal and a point by Colm Roche were followed by a Bennett goal to make it 2-5 to 1-7 and, with Patrick Curran in fine free-taking form, they soon led by 2-10 to 1-10.

Cork got on top again though, Mark O'Connor and O'Callaghan inspiring them, and they pushed clear again before Patrick Curran forced extra-time and Waterford finished the job.

Scorers – Waterford: P Curran 0-12 (7fs, 2 '65s'), C Roche 1-3, Stephen Bennett 1-1, DJ Foran 1-0, C Gleeson, C Breathnach, P O'Connor 0-1 each. Cork: P O'Callaghan 0-10 (5fs), A Spillane 0-4, M Cahalane 1-1, M O'Connor 0-3 (1f), R Cahalane, C Cormack 0-1 each.

WATERFORD – G Power; W Hahessy, K Daly, C Leamy; T Devine, A Gleeson, Shane Bennett; C Curran, M Kearney; P Curran, C Roche, M Harney; A Farrell, Stephen Bennett, C Gleeson. Subs: DJ Foran for Farrell (26), M O'Brien for Kearney (h-t), C Breathnach for C Curran (45), S Hogan for Roche (75, inj), P O'Connor for Harney (76).

CORK – P Collins; D Quinn, K Histon, S O'Brien; K O'Connor, C Twomey, A O'Callaghan; M O'Connor, R Cahalane; P Kelleher, K O'Neill, C Cormack; M Cahalane, A Spillane, P O'Callaghan. Subs: C Kelleher for O'Brien (7, inj), B Dunne for C Kelleher (45), A Ward for Dunne (72), D Hannon for M O'Connor (77).

Ref – F Horgan (Tipperary)

Irish Independent

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