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Strong start by Cork as they defeat Waterford in Munster minor hurling opener

A four-point win for the Rebels in Walsh Park.

Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Cork 0-17
Waterford 1-10

Tomas McCarthy reports from Walsh Park

CORK BURST PAST Waterford in the third quarter at a breezy Walsh Park tonight to march on to the semi finals of the Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship.

Trailing by the minimum at halfway, the Rebels used the elements to hit five points without reply to pull away from their opponents.

Before a crowd of 2,707 spectators, Cork players Evan Sheehan (0-5), Josh Beausang (0-5) and Matthew Bradley (0-4) tormented the Déise defence to send them through to the last four.

Cork skipper Niall O’Leary won the toss but decided to play against the strong wind.

Waterford made a dream start on 19 seconds when Eoin McGrath burst through the centre of the Cork defence and directed his shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Cathal Curran and Michael Mahony quickly added points to make it 1-2 to 0-0 after just four minutes.

The Rebels readjusted and wing back Eoghan Clifford covered across the defence as sweeper. They reeled off eight unanswered points, including three from centre-forward Matthew Bradley and two each by inside pair Josh Beausang and Evan Sheehan.

Cork manager Denis Ring Cork hurling manager Denis Ring Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Goalkeeper Billy Nolan got Waterford’s first scores in 18 minutes from a free inside his own half. Neil Montgomery and a pair of Eoghan Murray frees nudged the hosts back in front by the break, 1-6 to 0-8.

Cork resumed purposefully with five points in six minutes through Sheehan, Cian O’Mahony, Liam Healy, Bradley and Beausang.

Jack Prendergast notched Waterford’s first point of the second period on 42 minutes. Beausang’s accuracy from placed balls for Cork kept the hosts at arms-length while Sheehan also floated over a sideline cut.

Billy Nolan had three attempts at a consolation goal from late frees but Ger Collins and company kept him at bay.

Stephen Gough’s Waterford side host Tipperary in the play-offs at the end of April while the winners must wait until June 29 for the provincial semi final.

Scorers for Cork: Evan Sheehan (0-1 sideline), Josh Beausang (0-4f) 0-5 each, Matthew Bradley 0-4, Cian O’Mahony, Robbie Bourke, Liam Healy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Eoin McGrath 1-0, Billy Nolan 0-3 (0-3f), Neil Montgomery, Eoghan Murray (0-2f) 0-2 each, Jack Prendergast, Cathal Curran, Michael Mahony 0-1 each.


1. Ger Collins (Ballinhassig)

2. Paul Lyons (Mallow)
3. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons) – Captain
4. Sean O’Leary Hayes (Midleton)

5. John Cooper (Eire Og)
6. Ryan Walsh (Cuchulann’s)
7. Eoghan Clifford (Cloughduv)

8. Cian O’Mahony (Ballinhassig)
9. Robbie Bourke (Ballincollig)

10. John Sullivan (Blackrock)
11. Matthew Bradley (Aghabullogue)
12. Stephen Condon (Harbour Rovers)

13. Evan Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh)
14. Josh Beausang (St Colman’s)
15. Liam Healy (Sarsfields)

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22. Brian Buckley (Shandrum) for O’Sullivan (41)
19 Jeremy Saich (Kilworth) for Walsh (49)
21. Danny Gunning (Na Piarsaigh) for Condon (53)
18. Ross Howell (Douglas) for O’Leary (60)
23. John Geary (Shandrum) for Sheehan (63)


1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)

2. Conor Giles Doran (De La Salle)
3. James Flavin (Ardmore)
5. Donal Power (Passage)

4. Darragh McGrath (Abbeyside)
8. Harry Ruddle Redmond (Ballygunner)
7. Michael O’Brien (Ballinameela)

12. Cathal Curran (Brickey Rangers)
6. Eoghan Murray (Ballyduff Upper)

14. Neil Montgomery (Abbeyside)
13. Michael Mahony (Ballygunner)
9. Eoin McGrath (Butlerstown)

10. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)
11. Dylan Guiry (Fourmilewater)
15. Thomas Douglas (De La Salle)


17. Conor Dalton (Clonea) for O’Brien (35)
20. Tom Barron (Fourmilewater) for McGrath (41)
18 Ciaran Kirwan (Fenor) for Douglas (53)
19. Glenn Waters (Dungarvan) for McGrath (58)
21 Jack Reade (St Mollerans) for Guiry (59)

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