Waterford continued their fine start to Division One of the Allianz National Hurling League, when they held Cork to a draw in Dungarvan on Sunday afternoon. The home side were underdogs for this game and proved their mettle with a battling display.
Waterford 0-15 Cork 1-12
Having surprised Clare in the first round, Waterford eased early season relegation worries, and this display proved that was no fluke result. Cork had been expected to win this match easily following their 12 point defeat of Tipperary last time out. However, Waterford proved a tough nut to crack and with Brian O’Halloran leading the way, the Deise quickly established an early 0-5 to 0-1 lead. Cork found it difficult to break down their opponents as the wet and windy weather conditions made it hard to play ground hurling. As the half wore on the home side went further clear and they went in at the break leading 0-10 to 0-2.
From here there should have been no way back for the Rebels but JBM’s side are made of strong stuff, and they really settled down and fought hard after the interval. A goal from Stephen Moylan helped turn the tide and with the new found momentum behind them Cork finished the stronger. At one stage they hit the front following scores from Conor Lehane and Peter O’Brien, but Waterford batted back and Seamus Prendergast scored a late point to earn a well deserved draw for the home side.
Overall both teams will be pleased with a share of the spoils. At half-time Cork looked dead and buried and to their credit they never gave up. Waterford were very impressive at times in the opening period, and despite falling behind towards the end of the match, they showed great character to fight back and draw the match.