Cork easily beat Waterford in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling semi-finals in Walsh Park on Wednesday evening.
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This will be both sides first game of this year’s U21 championship. With their Senior counterparts after winning the SHC Munster title their will be high hopes for this team to reach the U21 Munster final and win their first Munster title at this grade since 2007. The Deise have not won a u21 Munster title since 1994 and have only won 3 titles at this grade.
The sides last meet at this level in 2010 with Cork winning convincingly on a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-13. This Waterford team reached the Munster final 3 years losing to Clare where as Cork were defeated by both Limerick and Tipperary.
Duel of the game
Alan Cadogan v Shane Roche
Alan Cadogan will be one of four senior panelists on this Cork team. He is bound to be the rebels go to man in attack. The corner forward is quack and agile and is a difficult man to mark. He has impressed in this year’s Senior hurling championship and if he is supplied with the right type of ball it could prove the difference between the sides. Cadogan scored 3 points against Limerick last Sunday in what was an impressive display despite hitting a few wides.
Shamrocks man Roche will be man tasked with the difficult task of curtailing the elusive Cadogan. The Shamrocks club man has experience of playing with UCC so he may be aware of many of this Cork team and he will hope to impose his physical strength on Cadogan. This is a battle which should be crucial to the outcome of the game.
Cork:Patrick Collins; Stephen Murphy, Colm Barry, Cian Buckley; Kevin Kavanagh, Killian Burke, Cormac Murphy; Darragh Brosnan, Rickard Cahalane; Shane O Keeffe, Colm Spillane, Michael Collins; Alan Cadogan, Anthony Spillane, Rob O’Shea.
Waterford:Seanie Barry; Kevin Daly, Tadhg Bourke, Shane Roche; Shane McNulty, Ray Barry, Michéal Harney; Colin Dunford, Gavin O’ Brien; Jake Dillon, Jamie Barron, Austin Gleeson; Donie Breathnach, Ryan Donnelly, Michael Kearney.
Both team’s will be eager to reach a Muster final especially Waterford who have not tasted success at this grade since 1994. The Rebels will be hoping to do the double this year but go into this against a Waterford team that has home advantage and more Senior experience. With Jake Dillon,Austin Gleeson and Jamie Barron Waterford have a very strong half forward line and this may be key in tonight clash. Cork will look to senior star Alana Cadogan but Waterford may just have too much strength in depth and I think they will just edge this one. Click to bet Waterford to win by 4-6 points is 15/4 with Boylesports in what looks an appealing bet.