Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final – Cork 2-17 Waterford 1-19

Cork defeated Waterford by 2-17 to 1-19 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Thursday July 13th at Walsh Park Waterford.


Match Highlights


Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 Hurling semi-final

CORK 2-17 WATERFORD 1-19

Report By Tomás McCarthy for GAA.ie

Declan Dalton buried a penalty in the sixth minute of injury time to drive 14-man Cork into the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 final and send reigning provincial and All Ireland champions Waterford packing at Walsh Park.

The home team recovered from five points down in the second half, helped by a goal from Shane Bennett, to lead by three entering stoppage-time.

In a dramatic finale, Cork midfielder Darragh Fitzgibbon got his marching orders before substitute Jack O’Connor was dragged down by Darragh Lyons. Dalton held his nerve to fire the sliotar to the bottom corner.

The Fr O’Neills attacker completed the hour with 1-12. Fitzgibbon also stood out with three points but will miss the Munster final against Limerick on July 26. Déise number nine Colm Roche took the fight to Cork and finished with five from play.

Dalton posted seven points, including two sidelines, as the wind assisted visitors led 0-10 to 0-8 after a fiery opening half. The sides were all square on four occasions.

Five Dalton singles sent the Rebels 0-7 to 0-4 clear after 17 minutes. The hosts replied with three on the bounce. Shane Bennett burst into the contest around midfield and Colm Roche hit over three points from play.

Dalton and Darragh Fitzgibbon nudged the Rebels two up at the short whistle. Corner back Sean O’Donoghue escaped with a yellow card for a high tackle on Bennett.

On the resumption, two Curran conversions brought the Déise back on equal terms (ten points apiece). Dalton (free) and Fitzgibbon restored Cork’s two point gap. Cormac Curran recovered one with an audacious effort from an awkward angle.

On 37 minutes, sub Tim O’Mahony supplied Robbie O’Flynn and he crashed the ball to the roof of the net. Another Fitzgibbon raid put them five clear (1-13 to 0-11).

The busy Roche and the prolific Patrick Curran left a goal between them. Jordan Henley saw yellow for a dangerous tackle on Dalton and the number eleven promptly dispatched it.

With eight minutes left, Waterford sub Andrew Casey passed inside to Bennett and the Ballysaggart forward shortened the grip to flick it past Patrick Collins (1-15 to 0-14).

Although Dalton subsequently equalised, the holders seemed destined for victory when Patrick Curran and Jack Prendergast pushed them three ahead. But that late Rebel surge set up a first provincial final meeting with Limerick since 2011.

Scorers for Cork: D Dalton 1-12 (8fs, 1-0 pen, 2 s-ls), R O’Flynn 1-0, D Fitzgibbon 0-3, P Leopold, M O’Halloran 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 0-10 (7fs, 1 65’), C Roche 0-5, S Bennett 1-1, C Curran 0-2, J Prendergast 0-1.

Waterford: B Nolan; D Prendergast, C Prunty, D Lyons; J Henley, C Gleeson, C Lyons; A Molumby, C Roche; J Prendergast, C Curran, S Ryan; P Hogan, S Bennett, P Curran.
Subs: E O’Halloran for Molumby (42), D Lynch for C Lyons (42), A Casey for C Curran (49), JP Lucey for Ryan (59).

Cork: P Collins; D Griffin, E Murphy, S O’Donoghue; B Hennessy, D Browne, M Coleman; P Leopold, D Fitzgibbon; C O’Leary, D Dalton, M O’Halloran; A Myers, S Kingston, R O’Flynn
Subs: T O’Mahony for Myers (30), E Healy for O’Donoghue (32), J O’Connor for Kingston (50), D Lowney for O’Leary (54).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)


Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
Student/Senior’s: Receive €5.00 concession with valid ID prior to entry
Juveniles/U-16’s: Free

Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Waterford, Cork and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.


Team News

The Waterford Under 21 Hurling Team to face Cork on Thursday night at 7:30pm in Walsh Park was announced following training tonight.

1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)
2. David Prendergast (Lismore)
3. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
4. Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan)
5. Jordan Henley (Tallow)
6. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
7. Callum Lyons (Ballyduff Lower)
8. Andy Molumby (Cappoquin)
9. Colm Roche (Shamrocks)
10. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)
11. Cormac Curran (Brickey Rangers)
12. Shane Ryan (De La Salle)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
14. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
15. Peter Hogan (Ballygunner)

The Cork U21 Hurling team to play Waterford in tomorrow night’s Munster U21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final has been announced as follows

1. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
2. Sean O Donoghue – Inniscarra
3. Eoghan Murphy – Sarsfields
4. David Griffin – Carrigaline
5. Billy Hennessy – St Finbarrs
6. Darren Browne – Kanturk (C)
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. Paul Leopold – Sarsfields
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville
10. Chris O Leary – Valley Rovers
11. Declan Dalton – Fr O’ Neills
12. Luke Meade – Newcestown
13. Robbie O Flynn – Erins Own
14. Shane Kingston – Douglas
15. Michael O Halloran – Blackrock
16. Eoghan Healy – Ballymartle
17. David Lowney – Clonakilty
18. Conor Cahalane – St Finbarrs
19. Aaron Myers – Sarsfields
20. Jack O Connor – Sarsfields
21. Tim O Mahony – Newtownshandrum
22. Dave O Neill – Mayfield
23. Seanaidh Smyth – Midleton
24. Dayne Lee – Na Piarsaigh


Match Programme

Pick up a copy of the 32 page souvenir match programme for this game.