Munster U21 Hurling Q-Final – Waterford 1-21 Cork 1-11

Waterford defeated Cork by 1-21 to 1-11 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U21 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday June 17th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Munster U21: Impressive Déise march on


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Waterford recorded their first U21 championship win since 2009 at Páirc Ui Rinn on Wednesday evening, recording a deserved 10-point victory over Cork to set up a Munster semi-final against Clare.

The Déise have struggled at this grade in recent years, but a star-studded team adorned by the presence of seven regulars from Derek McGrath’s blossoming senior side gave an accomplished display against Cork, and they look capable of going all the way in Munster this year, and possibly beyond.

They started slowly against Cork on Wednesday, but with Patrick Curran in outstanding form from placed balls, they turned it around to lead by three at the break. They dominated the game after the interval, and the result wasn’t in any real doubt after they hit five points within the first five minutes of the second half to move six clear.

They hit a goal late on through their outstanding wing-back Shane Bennett, who finished with 1-4 from play, while as well as the exploits of Curran, the match will be remembered for an exhibition of defending from Tadhg de Búrca, particularly in the first half when he seemed to be wherever Cork sent the sliotar.

Waterford led by three points at the break, recovering from a slow start to take control of an error-strewn first half. Cork, playing with a decent breeze behind them, took their chances in the first 10 minutes and points from Martin Brennan (2), Kevin O’Neill and Mark O’Connor (free) left them 0-4 to 0-2 ahead, with Waterford’s early points coming from Shane Bennett and DJ Foran.

Luke Meade’s point sent the unfancied young Rebels three clear, but Waterford finally hit the scoring streak the amount of possession they were having demanded, and they hit six points without reply between the 12th and 25th minute to take a 0-8 to 0-5 lead. With the majesterial De Burca mopping up at the back and launching attacks, Waterford found their range.

Five of their points before the break came from the stick of Curran, all from placed balls as the Cork defence struggled to avoid fouling the physically powerful Waterford forwards. Shane Bennett also struck his second of the half during the purple patch, a brilliant effort from distance on the right. Waterford deserved their lead at the interval, but one thing both sides could agree on – they needed to cut down their amount of wides, with both Cork and Waterford racking up a serious number of misses between them in the first 30 minutes.

It was a different story after the break though, as Waterford made a blistering start to the second half, clinically knocking over five points in the first five minutes after the restart. Cork substitute David Geary got the first point of the half but then Austin Gleeson replied with a beauty before points from Curran (2) and Stephen Bennett came alongside a third from the Ballysaggart man’s brother Shane.

Cork kept in touch with another superb Brennan score – his third of the evening – but Waterford were well on top as the game ticked towards the final quarter, and would have gone nine clear had Patrick Collins not made a fine save from a goal-bound Shane McNulty shot in the 42nd minute. As it was, Waterford led 0-16 to 0-10 with 15 minutes to go. They went seven clear when Curran clipped over the 10th point of a flawless display of striking, and eight clear when Bennett clipped over his fourth of the evening.

Luke Meade’s 57th minute goal for Cork, while extremely well-taken after a fine catch and finish, came too late to make any real difference for Damien Irwin’s side, and in any event it was followed a minute later by a goal from Man of the Match Shane Bennett.
Bennett stormed his way towards the Cork goal down the left, and after having an initial shot blocked, he reclaimed possession amid a mass of Cork defenders and kicked to the net.

Fittingly, Curran completed the scoring for Waterford with his 12th of the match, his fourth from play, and Waterford can now look forward to facing All-Ireland champions and U21 standard bearers Clare next month, with hopes for this Déise crop greatly strengthened by this display.

Scorers for Cork: L Meade 1-1, M O’Connor 0-3 (3f), M Brennan 0-3, D Geary 0-2, K O’Neill 0-1, C Twomey 0-1 (1f)

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 0-12 (7f, 1 ’65’), Shane Bennett 1-4, DJ Foran 0-1, R Donnelly 0-1, A Gleeson 0-1, Stephen Bennett 0-1, C Dunford 0-1

CORK: Patrick Collins; Darren Browne, Alan Dennehy, Seán O’Donoghue; Dave Noonan, Conor Twomey, Niall Cashman; Rickard Cahalane, Martin Brennan; Kevin O’Neill, Killian O’Connor, Darren Casey; Mark O’Connor, Anthony Spillane, Luke Meade
Subs: David Geary for K O’Connor (26), Dayne Lee for M O’Connor (40), Kieran Histon for D Noonan (51), Shane Hegarty for Alan Dennehy (Temp, 56-58), Shane Hegarty for Darren Browne (59).

WATERFORD: Billy Nolan; Shane McNulty, Kieran Bennett, Conor Gleeson; Micheál Harney, Tadhg de Búrca, Shane Bennett; Austin Gleeson, Tom Devine, Colin Dunford, Stephen Bennett, DJ Foran; Ryan Donnelly, Darragh Lyons, Patrick Curran
Subs: Mikey Kearney for R Donnelly (43), Cathal Curran for M Harney (51), Brendan Phelan for DJ Foran (57), Barry O’Sullivan for Shane Bennett (60)

Fixture Details

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Championship Q/Final
Wednesday 17th June 2015 in Páirc Uí Rinn @ 19:30
Corcaigh v Portláirge
Extra Time if Necessary i.e 2 x 10 minute periods only
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)

Ticket Details

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€5 concession (student / OAP)
Under 16s free

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Team News

Waterford Under 21 Hurling team to play Cork –

1 Billy Nolan
2 Shane Mc Nulty
3 Kieran Bennett
4 Conor Gleeson
5 Michéal Harney
6 Tadhg De Búrca
7 Shane Bennett
8 Austin Gleeson
9 Tom Devine
10 Colin Dunford
11 Stephen Bennett
12 D.J. Foran
13 Ryan Donnelly
14 Cormac Curran
15 Patrick Curran

1. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
2. Darren Browne (Kanturk)
3. Alan Dennehy (Charleville)
4. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)d
5. Dave Noonan (Glen Rovers)
6. Conor Twomey (Newtownshandrum) (c)
7. Niall Cashman (Blackrock)
8. Rickard Cahalane (Ballymartle)
9. Martin Brennan (Fermoy)
10. Kevin O’Neill (Watergrasshill)
11. Killian O’Connor (Mallow)
12. Darren Casey (Charleville)
13. Mark O’Connor (Douglas)
14. Anthony Spillane (Castlelyons)
15. Luke Meade (Newcestown)


16. Jack Barry (Castlelyons)
17. Jack Buckley (Charleville)
18. Mark O’Keeffe (Fr. O’Neills)
19. Kieran Histon (Cobh)
20. Shane Hegarty (Dungourney)
21. Dayne Lee (Na Piarsaigh)
22. David Geary (Fermoy)
23. Donal Hannon (Newmarket)
24. Patrick Herlihy (Mallow)

Selectors: Damien Irwin (Killeagh) – Manager; John Hodgins, (St. Finbarr’s) – Coach; Ger O’Halloran (Ballinhassig); Alan Browne (Blackrock); Liam Hayes (Dromina).

19 May 2015; Cork v Waterford. Launch of the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. The Championship gets started on May 27th with three quarter finals down for decision in the Leinster Championship. For all the latest Championship news, fixtures and results visit Bord Gais Energy U21 Launch. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

19 May 2015; Cork v Waterford. Launch of the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. The Championship gets started on May 27th with three quarter finals down for decision in the Leinster Championship. For all the latest Championship news, fixtures and results visit Bord Gais Energy U21 Launch. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

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