Cork and Waterford will face off on Sunday afternoon in Semple Stadium at 2pm. The game is not been shown live on television but we will be providing constant updates of the game on sportsnewsireland.com
Looking at the game both sides have had opposite Munster campaigns. Cork have performed well in all their games, they beat Clare and drew with Limerick and Tipperary. Waterford have had a poor campaign and even if they do win here it will mean nothing as they have nothing to play for. However, I am sure they will want to put in a big performance for Derek McGrath. Cork come into the game on the back of a break last weekend so that will have done them the world of good. Players like Pat Horgan, Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston and Seamus Harnedy have impressed in their games to date and these will be expected to put in massive performances in Thurles on Sunday. John Meyler has also built a solid defence with players like Colm Spillane, Mark Ellis and Chris Joyce all superb this year.
Waterford as previously stated have nothing to play for in this game, however, they will still want to beat their old rivals. Derek McGrath will look to Austin Gleeson, Pauric Mahony and Kevin Moran for leadership once more , while in defence Noel Connors will surely be given the task of marking Pat Horgan once more. McGrath may choose to give other players a run out seen this game is effectively a dead rubber for the Deise but if they do win it may change the top of table in terms who will progress to a Munster final out out Cork, Clare or Limerick, the first two go automatically to the final, while the third placed team will play either Carlow or Westmeath in the preliminary quarter final.
Cork v Waterford has been a very busy rivalry over the past 20 years, in particular, with the sides having met on 18 occasions in the championship in that period. The most recent meeting was in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, which Waterford won.
Cork have won eight times (1999-2003-2005 (twice)-2006-2012-2014-2017); Waterford have won seven (2002-2004-2007 (twice), 2010, 2015, 2017 while they drew in 2007-2010-2014).
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2017: Waterford 4-19 Cork 0-20 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2017: Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
2015: Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21 (Munster semi-final)
2014: Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14 (Munster quarter-final (Replay)
2014: Cork 1-21 Waterford 1-21 (Munster quarter-final)
Unusually, Cork have scored only one goal in their last four championship clashes with Waterford. A win for Cork would be enough to book a place in the final, irrespective of the Clare-Limerick result.
Teams are yet to be announced once we get them we will post them here.
Cork are massive favourites here at 1/6 to win, Waterford are 5/1 and the draw is 14/1 which when you look at statistics is a good bet. In saying that think Cork will overpower Waterford here by 6 or 7 points, I would back Shane Kingston to grab the first goal at odds of 7/1.