All Ireland champions Cork,play host to Waterford in the Munster Senior Football semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon. The title holders have been impressive this season and have already added the National League to their role of honour.
A quick glance at the betting for this match really tells supporters all they need to know: Cork1/100, Waterford 50/1.
It will be one of the biggest shocks in the history of the championship were the rebels not to win this match with something to spare. Conor Counihan’s side have not let up since their triumph last September and look worthy favourites to retain their crown this season. The side needed the confidence of a national title to show that they were not just also-rans and last years victory over Down was crucial to their further success. In truth, if the present Cork side had lost to the Mourne men,they may not have been around this season. Yet a win was enough to ensure that they took their place at the top table of gaelic football and should see them remain there for many seasons to come.
Waterford plyed their trade in Division 3 of the National League and had a mixed campaign. A draw with Louth in the final round was arguably their best result of the season, although they did beat Munster neighbours Tipperary and Limerick. The present side is undoubtedly improving and are no longer the whipping boys in the province.However, the prospect of facing the All Ireland champions away from home is not the ideal scenario and Waterford will surely struggle this weekend.
Cork will win, and progress to a Munster Final meeting with old rivals Kerry(assuming the latter beat Limerick),but this game should give an accurate assessment as to the current standing of Waterford senior football. It may just be that little bit better than many pundits give them credit for.
Cork team: Quirke,Cotter,Shields,Cadogan,Canty,Miskella,Kissane,O’Connor,Walsh,Sheehan,Kelly,Lynch,Goulding,O’Connor,Kerrigan