This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 5 °C Saturday 23 March, 2019


35,872 Views 35 Comments

Good afternoon and welcome to The42′s live coverage of the Munster SHC semi-final between Waterford and Cork.

It’s a glorious day in most of Ireland, and Semple Stadium is no exception. We’re just minutes away from our 4pm throw-in time.

A Cork fan uses his programme to shade the sun Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

TEAM NEWS: One late change to the Waterford team named on Friday night. Maurice Shanahan starts at corner-forward in place of Darragh Fives.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)

2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)

5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)

8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)

10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
12. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)

13. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
14. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
21. Maurice Shanahan (Lismore)

TEAM NEWS: Cork line out as named which means that Conor Lehane, man of the match against Tipp but a doubt this week with an ankle injury, is fit to start at centre forward.

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers, capt)
3. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)
4. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)

5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)

8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)

10. Luke Meade (Newcestown)
11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12. Shane Kingston (Douglas)

13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

The bookies make Waterford the two-point favourites – what do you think?

Cork stand for national anthem Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

THROW IN: Referee Barry Kelly gets us underway.

1 min – Pauric Mahony has a long free from inside his own half but it drops short and Mark Ellis bats it away.

2 mins — Cork 0-1 Waterford 0-0: Kevin Moran tries his luck from distance but it drops wide, the umpires shielding their eyes from the sun. Cork open their account immediately, Anthony Nash’s long puckout giving Patrick Horgan the chance to score.

3 mins – Conor Lehane slices his clearance and it falls to Jamie Barron in midfield. He passes it off to Pauric Mahony but his drilled shot is right and wide.

4 mins — Cork 0-2 Waterford 0-0: Darragh Fitzgibbon breaks the tackle and knocks over Cork’s second point.

5 mins — Cork 0-2 Waterford 0-1: Stephen Bennett pounces on a breaking ball and gets Waterford up and running.

6 mins – Brick Walsh picks out Maurice Shanahan with a lovely crossfield pass, but Damien Cahalane is on Shanahan like glue. He shoots under pressure and it’s left and wide.

7 mins — Cork 0-2 Waterford 0-2: Waterford play it out from the back through de Burca, Brick Walsh and Kevin Moran. Pauric Mahony gets space to shoot and booms a point over the bar.

8 mins — Waterford 0-3 Cork 0-2: Maurice Shanahan drags two defenders out of position with him and then unselfishly passes to Stephen Bennett to point.

9 mins — Waterford 0-3 Cork 0-3: Austin Gleeson tries to bundle Mark Coleman into touch, but Coleman manages to stay in play. Harnedy points the equaliser.

Seamus Harnedy with Pauric Mahony Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

10 mins — Waterford 0-4 Cork 0-3: Stop everything. You’ll do well to see a piece of individual skill like Austin Gleeson’s this summer. On the ground, he cuts the ball back up into his hand and in one movement, drives it over the bar. That description doesn’t even begin to do it justice.

13 mins — Waterford 0-4 Cork 0-4: That’s nearly as good from Mark Coleman — a Gleeson special in fact — connecting perfectly with a sideline to put it over the bar.

Mark Coleman scores a sideline cut Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

15 mins — Cork 0-6 Waterford 0-4: The last few minutes of this have produced some sensational moments of individual brilliance, and now Conor Lehane wants to join the party. He catches a puckout at full stretch, and full tilt, and barely breaks stride before pointing.

He has another a few second later, drifting into space in midfield and pucking the ball over the bar.

18 mins — Cork 0-7 Waterford 0-5: Pauric Mahony cuts the deficit back to the minimum, but Patrick Horgan points a free to restore Cork’s two-point lead.

18 mins — Cork 0-8 Waterford 0-5: Mark Ellis points for the Rebels.

21 mins — Cork 0-8 Waterford 0-6: Waterford back to within two, Mahony again.

22 mins — Cork 0-8 Waterford 0-7: Cork captain Stephen McDonnell tries to shepherd the ball over the line but he’s caught by Shane Bennett who taps it back between his legs and then points.

25 mins — Cork 0-9 Waterford 0-7: Patrick Horgan points a Cork free from the left.

27 mins — Cork 0-9 Waterford 0-8: Stephen Bennett does well to snag a loose ball before it goes wide and as he turns for goal, he’s dragged down by Colm Spillane. Pauric Mahony half-thinks of going for goal with the free but taps over the bar.

29 mins — Cork 0-10 Waterford 0-8: Good work by the officials who spot Jamie Barron checking Seamus Harnedy’s run off the ball. Play is brought back, Barron is booked, and Horgan points the free.

30 mins – HawkEye called into action for the first time today as Shane Kingston’s shot is too close to the right upright to call. Computer says no – it’s wide.

33 mins — Cork 0-10 Waterford 0-9: Brilliant battling by both sides, culminating in a war between Shane Kingston and Tadhg de Burca. Kingston gets out there first, but de Burca won’t give in until he has won the ball, and then he sets up Jamie Barron to score.

34 mins — Cork 0-10 Waterford 0-10: Kevin Moran gets Waterford’s equaliser but really, Cork should have had two goals before that, denied only by two sensational saves by Stephen O’Keeffe.

35+1 mins – Chance for Waterford to go in in front as Christopher Joyce is booked for a shoulder charge on Brick Walsh. Mahony puts it wide and that’s it for a belting first half.

SECOND HALF: We’re back.

35 mins 10 seconds — Cork 0-11 Waterford 0-10: That didn’t take long. Bill Cooper has Cork back in the lead.

36 mins — Waterford 0-11 Cork 0-11: Austin Gleeson levels it up immediately.

37 mins – Oh, that should have been a goal. Stephen McDonnell slips as he goes to gather the ball, Shane Bennett gets in behind him, but Anthony Nash does well to close the gap and Bennett can only find the side-netting.

39 mins — Cork 0-13 Waterford 0-11: Patrick Horgan points a 65 and then Conor Lehane, stuck out on the sideline, floats over a magnificent score.

41 mins — Cork 0-14 Waterford 0-11: Good spot by Barry Kelly – Tadhg de Burca caught Conor Lehane with a flick of the hurl to the face, and Horgan sticks the free.

42 mins — Cork 0-15 Waterford 0-11: This is turning into a real purple patch for Cork. A long ball drops over the heads of both Coughlan and Horgan, Horgan gets there first, and scores. Cork lead by four.

44 mins — Cork 0-15 Waterford 0-12: Pauric Mahony finds space in midfield to point, but Stephen Bennett could be in serious trouble for an incident in the build up to that. His shot was blocked down and, in frustration, he grabbed Damien Cahalane by the face guard and pulled him backwards.

None of the officials spotted it. Should have been red, no doubt.


GOAL! Waterford 1-12 Cork 0-15 (Shanahan, 46)

Waterford are right back in it. Maurice Shanahan gets a lucky break as he bundles his way towards goal and when the ball pops back into his path, he’s able to finish it.

Maurice Shanahan celebrates scoring a goal Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

47 mins — Cork 0-16 Waterford 1-12: Now Barry Coughlan could be in trouble – he drags down Conor Lehane who is clean through on goal. It’s high, it’s late, it’s cynical, but it’s only a yellow for the Waterford full-back. Horgan knocks over the free and Cork lead again.

52 mins — Cork 0-17 Waterford 1-12: What a hit! Bill Cooper lines Kevin Moran up and hits him, shoulder to shoulder, with a wallop. Cork gain possession from it and Lehane scores.

53 mins — Cork 0-18 Waterford 0-12: Now Alan Cadogan tacks on another. Cork lead by three.

55 mins – Patrick Horgan tries his luck from what must be 90m+, and while he has the length, he doesn’t quite have the accuracy and it drops left and wide.

56 mins — Cork 0-18 Waterford 1-13: Waterford sub Brian O’Halloran points to close the gap to two.

57 mins — Cork 0-19 Waterford 1-13: Magnificent fielding by Seamus Harnedy. He’s pulled back but Barry Kelly plays the advantage, and Michael Cahalane points.

58 mins — Cork 0-20 Waterford 1-13: Patrick Horgan points a free and Cork lead by four.

59 mins – Great defending by Damien Cahalane who throws his body into the path of Brian O’Halloran and forces him to put his shot wide.

61 mins – Bit of a tussle off the ball and the end result is a pair of yellow card for Seamus Harnedy and Darragh Fives.

62 mins – Big shout for a Waterford penalty. Was Maurice Shanahan dragged down as he tried to shoot? I’ll need to see a replay.

RED CARD! Colm Spillane sent off for a second yellow – Cork down to 14.

64 mins — Cork 0-21 Waterford 1-13: Seamus Harnedy is enjoying himself since moving out to centre forward. He pounces on a loose ball and scores again.

65 mins — Cork 0-21 Waterford 1-14: Jamie Barron cuts the gap to four again. It’s now or never for Waterford.

66 mins — Left and wide from Pauric Mahony, Waterford’s 15th of the day.

68 mins — Cork 0-22 Waterford 1-14: Patrick Horgan points the free and Cork look to be nearly home and hosed.

70 mins — Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-14: Magnificent by Luke O’Farrell who runs 40 or 50 yards to make space for himself and points.

70+1 mins: Cork lead by six but there will be five additional minutes played. Waterford couldn’t, could they?

70+2 mins – Waterford dropping balls into the square but Anthony Nash is equal to the challenge.

73 mins — Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15: Maurice Shanahan shapes as if he’ll drill this ball through the crowd of bodies at goal but he puts it over the bar. Five points.

All over in Semple Stadium – Cork are into the Munster hurling final!

Incredible scenes in Thurles as the Cork fans invade the pitch as soon as Barry Kelly blows the final whistle.

So that’s it – it will be Cork v Clare in the Munster hurling final. It should be a cracker.

A view of the pitch invasion at full time Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

We’ll have lots more reaction and analysis from Fintan O’Toole in Semple Stadium across the evening and tomorrow morning. For now, thanks as always for reading and for commenting.

About the author:

Niall Kelly