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Cork’s goalkeeper Anthony Nash dejected after the loss. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Cork’s goalkeeper Anthony Nash dejected after the loss. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
SOCIAL BOOKMARKS

Cork hurlers are beaten in league opener away to Waterford despite bright start

Waterford 1-24 Cork 3-17

DISAPPOINTMENT for Cork as the got their hurling league campaign off to a losing start at Walsh Park.

In a game they were expected to win the loss was all the more disappointing considering the great start they got, with two goals in the first three minutes.

But credit must go to Waterford, who led by Stephen Bennett, played their way back into the game and by half-time they were in front.

The Rebels weren't helped by some poor shooting, with eight first-half wides, and nine more in the second-half, a lot of which were scoreable chances.

Cork got off to the perfect start, with two goals in just over a minute. The first came after the full-forward line combined, with Horgan and Kingston setting up Lehane to score.

A minute later and Horgan turned provider again, this time setting up Kingston, to make it 2-0 to no score, with three minutes gone. 

Patrick Horgan celebrates after scoring his side's second goal at Walsh Park. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Patrick Horgan celebrates after scoring his side's second goal at Walsh Park. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Neil Montgomery got Waterford off the mark when he scored from a sideline, with Horgan responding for Cork from a free.

Waterford started to get the upper hand, with Stephen Bennett on target from a free, followed by two from Kieran Bennett, to make it 2-1 to 0-4 after nine minutes.

Darragh Fitzgibbon scored for the Rebels, but Calum Lyons and Montgomery combined to set up Patrick Curran for a goal to bring Waterford right back into contention.

Bennett hit two more frees, along with a point from Jack Fagan to see them lead afer 16 minutes, 1-7 to 2-2.

Harnedy got his first of the game, with Kieran Bennett replying for Waterford.

Horgan and Bennett exchanged scores, before a second from Harnedy, followed by a Horgan free had the sides level again.

Bennett hit another free, with Cahalane replying but a strong finish to the half, with two more from Bennett along with one from Curran saw Waterford lead at the break 1-13 to 2-8.

Stephen Bennett hit the first two points of the second-half, with Horgan replying for Cork from a free. Bennett was on target again, along with Kieran Bennett as they kept the scoreboard ticking over and with 48 minutes gone they led by 1-17 to 2-11.

Cork’s Damien Cahalane and Kieran Bennett of Waterford square up. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Cork’s Damien Cahalane and Kieran Bennett of Waterford square up. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Cork responded with two points from Coleman and another Horgan free, but this was as good as it got for them.

Stephen Bennett, Prendergast and Iarlaith Daly hit three in-a-row for Waterford rto put them back in front, with Fitzgibbon on target for the Rebels.

Two from Mikey Kearney, along with one from Curran had Waterford in control, but a late goal from Kingston gave Cork a glimmer of a hope, as he made it 3-16 to 1-24.

Cahalane got his third of the game, but two late wides from Cork saw their chances of a draw disappear.

Scorers for Waterford: S Bennett 0-11 (0-7 f, 0-1 65), P Curran 1-2, K Bennett 0-5, M Kearney 0-2, I Daly, J Fagan, N Montgomery (sl), J Prendergast 0-1 each.

Cork: S Kingston 2-2, P Horgan 0-6 f, C Lehane 1-0, S Harnedy, D Fitzgibbon, M Coleman 0-2 each, D Cahalane 0-3.

WATERFORD: S O'Keeffe; C Gleeson, C Prunty, S McNulty; C Lyons, D Fives, I Daly; J Prendergast, J Dillon; N Montgomery, J Fagan, K Bennett; D Hutchinson, S Bennett, P Curran.

Subs: S Fives for C Gleeson (30m), M Kearney for J Dillon (49m), P Hogan for D Hutchinson (52m), D Lyons for N Montgomery (58m), T Barron for J Fagan (62m),

CORK: A Nash; N O'Leary, R Downey, S O'Donoghue; C O'Leary, T O'Mahony, D Cahalane; B Cooper, M Coleman; S Harnedy, D Fitzgibbon, A Walsh; C Lehane, S Kingston, P Horgan.

Subs: L Meade for A Walsh (49m), S O'Leary Hayes for N O'Leary (52m), S Twomey for C Lehane (60m), R O'Flynn for S Harnedy (67m),

Ref: John Keenan, Wicklow.