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Liam Cahill’s Waterford hurlers opened their Allianz League account with a valuable 1-24 to 3-17 win over Cork at Walsh Park. Kieran Kingston’s side though will be wondering how they let the game slip by them shooting an astonishing 17 wides. 

In fairness to Cork they made a superb start to this game rattling in two goals in the opening three minutes. Shane Kingston grabbed the first major, which was soon followed up by a strike from Conor Lehane. However, the Bennett brothers, Kieran and Stephen brought the Deise back into contention with some excellent points.

CORK GOAL

Patrick Curran netted on 12 minutes to reduce the gap to the minimum. Calum Lyons and Neil Montgomery doing most of work before laying the ball off to Curran. Jack Fagan and Stephen Bennett knocked over points to give Waterford the lead on 14 minutes. Patrick Horgan was been well marshalled by the Waterford defence, in fact the Glen Rovers man failed to score from play in the game. However, his accuracy from frees kept Cork firmly in the hunt. Shane Kingston should of done better on 27 minutes when his goal bound shot went wide. Stephen Bennett hit two points over in added time, while Patrick Curran also raised two white flags as Waterford led at the break 1-13 to 2-08.

Waterford started the second half where they left off. Stephen Bennett firing over two points in just over a minute. However, Cork defenders Mark Coleman and Damian Cahalane pointed for Kieran Kingston’s charges. However, Waterford pushed on in the an 11 minute outscoring the Rebels by three points. Horgan and Bennett traded points from frees on 68 minutes, before Shane Kingston goal meant Cork had a chance of rescueing a draw. Damian Cahalane registered his third point of the game with a point now between the sides. Waterford held on for the win they deserved in on the balance of play. 

 

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; C Gleeson, C Prunty, S McNulty; C Lyons, D Fives, I Daly (0-01); J Prendergast (0-01), J Dillon; N Montgomery, J Fagan (0-02; 0-01 sideline), K Bennett (0-5; 0-01 sideline); D Hutchinson, S Bennett (0-11; 0-07f, 0-01 sideline), P Curran (1-03).

Subs used: K Power for C Lyons (Blood, 22-25), S Fives for C Gleeson (30), M Kearney (0-01) for J Dillon (50), P Hogan for D Hutchinson (54), D Lyons for N Montgomery (59) and T Barron for J Fagan (62).

Cork: A Nash; N O’Leary, R Downey, S O’Donoghue; C O’Leary, T O’Mahony, D Cahalane (0-03); B Cooper, M Coleman (0-02); S Harnedy (0-02), D Fitzgibbon (0-02), A Walsh; C Lehane (1-00), S Kingston (2-02), P Horgan (0-06f).

Subs used: L Meade for A Walsh (50), S O’Leary Hayes for N O’Leary (54), S Twomey for C Lehane (60) and R O’Flynn for S Harnedy (68).

 

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