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Dublin: 10°C Friday 16 April 2021


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Good afternoon, folks. There’s some light snowfall on Leeside but not enough for this afternoon’s meeting of Cork and Waterford to be postponed.

We’ll keep you up to date on the Division 1A relegation play-off right here. Throw-in at Páirc Uí Rinn is at 3pm.

Here are the teams that have been named ahead of the game…

CORK: Anthony Nash; Sean O’Donoghue, Eoin Cadogan, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Tim O’Mahony, Mark Coleman; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper; Michael Cahalane, Conor Lehane, Dean Brosnan; Alan Cadogan, Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan.

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Tadhg de Burca, Austin Gleeson, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson; Kieran Bennett, Pauric Mahony, Tom Devine; Patrick Curran, Stephen Bennett, Mikey Kearney.

Cork will line out as selected but it looks like there’ll be a few changes for Waterford…

Elsewhere, in the relegation play-off in Division 1B, Laois lead Antrim by 1-9 to 0-7 at half-time in Dunloy.

It’s underway at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Cork 0-1 Waterford 0-0

4 – Darragh Fitzgibbon gives Cork the lead after Patrick Curran had a goal disallowed for a square ball moments earlier.

Cork 0-3 Waterford 0-0

6 – Mikey Cahalane gets a fine score to increase Cork’s lead and then Dean Brosnan follows that with another big one for the Rebels.

Cork 0-4 Waterford 0-0

7 – Bill Cooper from long range for Cork. Great start for John Meyler’s side.

In the Division 1B relegation play-off, it’s currently 1-10 to 0-12 in favour of Laois against Antrim after 48 minutes.

Cork 0-4 Waterford 0-0

12 – Very nearly a superb score by Conor Lehane for Cork but it drifts just wide. Waterford still waiting to open their account.

Cork 0-5 Waterford 0-0

13 – Alan Cadogan gets his first of the afternoon to push Cork further ahead.

Cork 0-5 Waterford 0-0

15 – Jamie Barron was through for what should have been a straightforward score but it’s another wide for Waterford. Worrying start for Derek McGrath’s men.

Cork 0-5 Waterford 0-0

16 – Goal chance for Waterford for Patrick Curran but he fires it wide.

Cork 0-5 Waterford 0-0

18 – Over a quarter of this game has been played and Waterford still haven’t scored. Cork have the benefit of a breeze but the Deise have still created enough chances to get up and running.

The 1B play-off is level in Dunloy with 13 minutes remaining: Antrim 0-15 Laois 1-12.


Cork 0-5 Waterford 1-0

20 – GOAL! Penalty for Waterford. Colm Spillane booked for dragging down Patrick Curran and Curran beats Nash to his right.

Cork 0-6 Waterford 1-0

23 – Darragh Fitzgibbon scores from long range for Cork.

Cork 0-7 Waterford 1-1

24 – Pauric Mahony converts a free for Waterford and Bill Cooper responds immediately to restore Cork’s three-point lead.

Cork 0-7 Waterford 1-1

27 – Cork defending well but scores proving relatively difficult to come by for both teams. Colin Dunford sees a shot saved by Anthony Nash. Four wides each so far.

Cork 0-8 Waterford 1-1

28 – Dean Brosnan increases Cork’s lead.

Cork 0-9 Waterford 1-1

29 – Cooper with another one for Cork.

It’s still level between Laois (1-14) and Antrim (0-17). Seven minutes remain in the Division 1B relegation play-off in Dunloy.

Cork 0-9 Waterford 1-1

32 – Tommy Ryan with another very soft wide for Waterford. Derek McGrath won’t be a happy camper.

Cork 0-9 Waterford 1-2

34 – Pauric Mahony gets his second from a free.


Cork 0-9 Waterford 1-2

34 – Alan Cadogan with a bad wide this time for Cork. The Rebels haven’t been perfect in front of goal either.

It’s Laois 1-16 Antrim 0-17 in Dunloy in added time in the Division 1B relegation play-off.

Cork 0-9 Waterford 1-2

35 -  Three minutes to be added on at the end of the first-half at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Cork 0-10 Waterford 1-3

38 – Pa Horgan scores a free for Cork, before Jamie Barron responds with Waterford’s first score of the game from play.

Cork 0-10 Waterford 1-4

38 – And there’s another. A fine score by Mikey Kearney.

Victory for Laois in the Division 1B relegation play-off in Dunloy. They’ve beaten Antrim by 1-16 to 0-17.

Here’s the Patrick Curran penalty which finally got Waterford off the mark after 20 minutes…

The second half is underway.

Cork 0-11 Waterford 1-4

36 – Conor Lehane gets Cork off to a good start to the second half with his first score of the afternoon.

Cork 0-11 Waterford 1-5

38 – Brilliant score from play by Pauric Mahony for Waterford.

Cork 0-12 Waterford 1-5

41 – Dean Brosnan gets his third point of the game for Cork.

Cork 0-12 Waterford 1-5

43 – Goal chance for Waterford is squandered as Tom Devine’s pass for Stephen Bennett is too heavy. Devine then hits an effort for a point off the post.

Cork 0-12 Waterford 1-6

45 – Tommy Ryan finally gets his first score for Waterford. Three points in it.


Cork 0-13 Waterford 1-7

47 – Goal chance for Cork but Conor Lehane is brilliantly hooked by Kieran Bennett.

Pa Horgan then slots over a free for the Rebels, Pauric Mahony responds from play for Waterford.

Cork 0-14 Waterford 1-7

47 – Excellent point from a difficult angle by Darragh Fitzgibbon for Cork.

Cork 0-14 Waterford 1-8

48 – Stephen Bennett charges through and shoots at goal but it’s pushed over by a fine Anthony Nash save.

Cork 0-15 Waterford 1-8

52 – Lovely score from play by Pa Horgan and Cork lead by four again.

Cork 0-16 Waterford 1-8

55 – Horgan again for Cork, this time from a free.


Cork 0-16 Waterford 1-8

56 – Red card! Waterford are down to 14 men as Maurice Shanahan is sent off for an off-the-ball strike on Tim O’Mahony.

Cork 0-16 Waterford 1-8

57 – It’ll be a tough task for Waterford now if they’re to avoid dropping down to Division 1B as they’ll be a man down for the closing stages of this game.

Cork 0-16 Waterford 1-9

60 – With ten minutes of normal time remaining, Tommy Ryan reduces the gap for Waterford.

Cork 0-17 Waterford 1-10

60 – Cork hit right back through Cooper, then Bennett responds for Waterford.


Cork 0-17 Waterford 1-11

64 – Super score by Jake Dillon. A puck of a ball between the teams.


Cork 0-17 Waterford 1-12

66 – Stephen Bennett with his second in the space of a few minutes. We’re in for some finish here.


Cork 0-18 Waterford 1-12

68 – Horgan points from wide on the left for Cork.


Cork 0-19 Waterford 1-12

69 – Daniel Kearney from long range puts Cork four ahead. That could be a crucial score.


Cork 0-19 Waterford 1-12

70 – Five minutes to be added on.

Cork 0-20 Waterford 1-12

71 – A rare but huge score from Colm Spillane leaves Cork five in front.


Cork 0-21 Waterford 1-12

72 – Substitute Daniel Kearney gets his second. It’s surely in the bag for Cork now.


Cork 0-21 Waterford 1-12

73 – Bill Cooper named man of the match. Four points today for the Cork midfielder.


Cork 0-21 Waterford 1-13

74 – Tadhg de Burca points from distance for Waterford.


It ends in a five-point win for Cork, who’ll stay in Division 1A for 2019. Unfortunately for Waterford, they’re en route to 1B.

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Paul Dollery


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