Sport Hurling

Thursday 23 November 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Tony Browne (Waterford)

Extraordinary display from the ageless Mount Sion man, capped by that remarkable block of a Cathal Naughton shot (with his head) at the death.

Turning point

Full-forward Big Dan Shanahan's 83rd-minute Killinan-end goal which just made it past Donal Og Cusask. Until then, you couldn't squeeze a cigarette paper between these two teams, once again.

Talking point

The impact of the defeat on Cork. They are still, technically, contenders for the Liam McCarthy, but the road ahead is circuitous and heavily mined now.

Ref watch

Brian Gavin made a few eccentric calls but, overall, contributed well.

What they said

Davy Fitzgerald (Waterford manager):

"The character of the players shone out there. The game went against us two or three times, but they kept fighting."

Denis Walsh (Cork manager):

"It was a tactical game. It was so tight, a goal was going to be worth a fortune."

Match statistics

Wides: Waterford (0) 6; Cork (7) 13.

Frees: Waterford (4) 14; Cork (6) 20.

Yellow cards: Waterford 3 (E Kelly 80, T Browne 85, E McGrath 90); Cork 2 (P O'Sullivan 50, B Murphy 70).

Red cards: Waterford 0; Cork 0.

Attendance: 22,763.

What next?

Waterford progress to the All-Ireland semi-finals. Cork have a quarter-final against Antrim next weekend.

Irish Independent

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