Waterford took to the field yesterday knowing that the Munster Final was out of their reach, but for Cork, Clare and Limerick, it was still all to play for.
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Cork 1-23 Waterford 1-20
For the current reigning Munster Champions Cork, it will be another Provincial Final this year, after they gave a gusty performance against Waterford in Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday afternoon.
The Rebels needed to win this game, to secure their place in the Munster decider, but from the opening half, the pendulum was swinging in the Déise’s favour.
Waterford took control of the first and edged out ahead from the offset.
Points in the first half from Tommy Ryan, Pauric Mahony and Austin Gleeson helped Waterford clock up their led. It didn’t look as good for Cork who were playing against the breeze and consequently hit a series of wides.
When Bill Cooper looked to be inside for a goal in the 16th minute, Waterford keeper Ian O’Regan denied him the shot with a brilliant save.
When Tommy Ryan rocketed the sliotar in past Cork keeper Anthony Nash, the pressure was on Cork as Waterford pushed out in front. Cork needed to up their game if they wanted victory in this match.
Seamus Harnedy fired Cork right back into the game in the 67th minute with a goal to draw the sides level. With seven minutes of injury time being added to the clock, that was enough for Cork to push on and hit three more points, securing their win.
Limerick would have felt confident going into this match, as they had an unbeaten record all through the round robin stages of the Munster Championship, but Clare looked comfortable and the Banner cruised their way to victory.
This sold-out match was eagerly anticipated and it began to heat up as both teams were reduced down to 14 men. Tom Condon and David Reidy were both shown red cards for off the ball incidents.
Clare pushed out in front with a series of points. When an injured Seadna Morey had to be taken off, substitute David Fitzgerald made his mark on the pitch by hitting over a wonderful point.
By the halftime break, the Banner were ahead 0-13 to 0-9 and they maintained this momentum into the second half. Limerick struggled to keep up as they fell behind by six. Their last score of the game came in the 57th minute with a point from Tom Morrissey.
Clare steam rolled ahead to book their place in the Munster decider, which will be a repeat of the Munster Final last year, as the Rebels await them. The final score finished Clare 0-26 to Limerick’s 0-15.
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