CORK footballers handed new coach, Ronan McCarthy, a winning start following an impressive 2-18 to 0-7 win over Waterford in the McGrath Cup, with the final this Saturday in Mallow at 4pm against Clare.
A first-half goal from Sean Powter helped Cork score 1-12 without reply after the visitors had the very strong wind at their backs from the throw-in against the Déise. And while the second goal, scored by substitute Padraig Clancy, only came a couple of minutes from the end, Cork’s victory was well secured by then.
It means the game against Clare, who overcame Waterford in their first game, is now the final.
Originally fixed for Sunday next in Mallow, it has been brought forward to the same venue on Saturday with a 4pm start.
“You want fellows to do the right things when they’re on the ball. You’re not looking for anything different to what you want in a national league or a championship game,” McCarthy said afterwards.
Injuries and illness forced Cork to make three changes to their selected team.
Jamie O’Sullivan, Cillian O’Hanlon and Colm O’Neill didn’t start and were replaced by Dylan Quinn, Cian Dorgan and Steven Sherlock.
Cork used all six substitutes and the panel is likely to be unchanged for the final with Kevin Crowley and goalkeeper Anthony Casey likely to be added.