Sport Hurling

Tuesday 23 January 2018

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Kevin Moran (Waterford)

Some of the better individual displays were on the Waterford side and Kevin Moran really stood tall, wrestling control at midfield from Cork when he switched there in the second quarter, and continuing to exert influence in the second half.

Turning point

Kevin Moran's delightful ball over the top in the 62nd minute caught the Cork defence and should have put Eoin McGrath clear, but McGrath fumbled and the chance was lost. Waterford were leading by two points, and a goal would have opened a five-point gap. Cork scored six of the last seven points.

Talking point

That McGrath opportunity, and how it was ultimately a game-changer.

Cork's bench worked better with Darren Sweetnam, Cathal Naughton and Lorcan McLoughlin all making meaningful contributions. And will we see Tony Browne in a Waterford shirt again?

Ref watch

Not a difficult assignment for Barry Kelly. The attitude of the players helped. But, once again, there was a dispute over a score. A 56th-minute effort from Cork substitute Stephen Moylan looked to have gone over, but was adjudged wide.

Magic moment

John Mullane's ingenuity in setting up a Seamus Prendergast point on

29 minutes was so classy, as he lifted the ball over the opponent's head and gathered it in the one movement, but when Sean Og O hAilpin belted over Cork's second-last point, it felt like something extra special.

What they said

Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork manager):

"We're a long way back on some of these teams for a number of years. I do think some of our guys are maturing. I think we are getting somewhere at least. This display today wouldn't be good enough against Galway, but when you are there you have a chance."

Michael Ryan (Waterford manager):

"I think we've made progress. We started as a new management team to build a team and to introduce five or six new players. We'll try to increase the strength of our panel and look for a few other guys. Overall, I think they had a stronger bench than we had."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 8 (4 in 1st half); Waterford 11 (5)

Frees: Cork 13 (9); Waterford 15 (6)

Yellow cards: Cork 2 (D Kearney 21, S Moylan 61); Waterford 2 (S Prendergast 25, S Molumphy 32)

Red cards: 0

Attendance: 38,116

What next?

Cork meet Galway in the All-Ireland hurling semi-final on August 12. Waterford must look to 2013.

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