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Cork rout Waterford by 25 points to set up Munster U21 FC final clash with Kerry

The winning margin was 25 points for the rampant Rebels in Dungarvan.

It was a good night for Cork U21 football manager Sean Hayes and his players.
It was a good night for Cork U21 football manager Sean Hayes and his players.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Waterford 0-2
Cork 3-18

MICHAEL HURLEY, BRIAN Coakley and Don O’Driscoll netted second half goals as Cork massacred Waterford by 25 points to qualify for their sixth EirGrid Munster under 21 final in a row.

Before an attendance of 581, Sean Hayes’ team shot a staggering 3-15 from open play to completely wipe out the hosts.

Sean O’Donoghue and Peter Kelleher conducted the attacking orchestra as the scoresheet contained nine different contributors.

The Déise haven’t mustered a win at this grade since 2006 and it took them 48 minutes to register a score through wing forward Jason Curry.

The red hot favourites raced five points clear within the first quarter hour. Ryan Harkin, Don O’Driscoll, Michael Hurley and Brian Coakley all split the posts.

Peter Kelleher reacts to missing a shot on goal Peter Kelleher was in good form for Cork this evening (file pic). Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

The Rebels also spurned two clear goal chances. In the seventh minute, Waterford custodian Kevin Dwane stopped Peter Kelleher’s stinging drive with his feet. Ten minutes later, Kelleher crashed a rocket off the crossbar.

Coakley added a brace of points followed by a Sean O’Donoghue single to see them depart 0-8 to 0-0 ahead. The away side also kicked nine wides.

On 32 minutes, the towering Kelleher caught a high delivery and flicked inside for Hurley to strike on the half volley across Dwane to the corner of the rigging.

Six minutes later, Kelleher and Hurley combined for Coakley to sting the net. As the game entered the third quarter, O’Driscoll lashed home a third.

Curry knocked over two consolation points for Waterford but Cork kept the umpires busy at the opposite end. Hayes emptied the bench and replacements Stephen Sherlock, Mick Dineen and Cian Dorgan promptly delivered late points.

The final whistle put an end to Waterford’s misery. The runaway winners can plan ahead for a provincial showdown against Kerry on April 7, the first final meeting between the counties since 2012.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Coakley 1-4 (2fs), Michael Hurley 1-3, Don O’Driscoll 1-2, Stephen Sherlock 0-3 (1f), Sean O’Donoghue 0-2, Mick Dineen, Cian Dorgan, Peter Kelleher, Ryan Harkin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Jason Curry 0-2 (1f).

Cork

1. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)

7. Kieran Histon (Cobh)
3. John Mullins (Eire Og)
4. Michael McSweeney (Newcestown)

5. Kevin Flahive (Douglas)
6. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
18. Eoin Lavers (Dohenys)

8. Sean White (Clonakilty)
9. Ronan O’Toole (Eire Og)

10. Don O’Driscoll (Clann na Gael)
11. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)
12. Ryan Harkin (Mallow)

13. Brian Coakley (Carrigaline)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)

Subs

22. Mick Dineen (Naomh Aban) for O’Donoghue (39)
20. Sean O’Leary (Bantry Blues) for O’Toole (40)
23 Sean O’Donovan (Ilen Rovers) for Harkin (44)
24. Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig) for Kelleher (44)
21. Stephen Sherlock (St Finbarrs) for Coakley (47)
16. Ross Donovan (Nemo Rangers) for Casey (49).

Waterford

1. Kevin Dwane (Ballinacourty)

2. Ciarán O’Neill (Brickey Rangers)
3. Stephen Dalton (De La Salle)
4. Dermot Ryan (The Nire)

7. William Hahessy (Rathgormack)
6. Aidan Dwyer (Geraldines)
5. Jack Mullaney (Stradbally)

8. David Gartland (Ardmore)
9. Conor Prunty (Ballinacourty)

12. Jason Curry (Rathgormack)
11. Eoin O’Brien (Stradbally)
10. Liam Mulligan (Rathgormack)

15.  Fearghal Ó Cuirrín (An Rinn)
14. Tom Devine (Modeligo)
13. Conor Murray (Rathgormack)

Subs

24. Conor Gleeson (The Nire) for O’Brien (H-T)
17. Michael Sweeney (Stradbally) for Mulligan (H-T)
20. Jonathon Fenton (Bonmahon) for Gartland (39)
18. Paul O’Connor (Clashmore-Kinsalebeg) for Devine (44)
19. Edmond O’Halloran (Clashmore-Kinsalebeg) for Mullaney (55)
22 Pa Whyte (Kilrossanty) for Hahessy (60)

Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (Kerry)

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