Cork booked their place in the Munster Senior Football Final against old rivals Kerry,following a runaway victory over Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon.
Daniel Goulding got the rebels off to a flying start with a point after just 30 seconds. It didn’t get any better for the visitors and Gary Hurney was their only scorer in the opening 8 minutes. However, Cork added a further 2-04 to their tally and the game was effectively over inside ten minutes. John Miskella and Daniel Goulding were credited with the home sides goals, while Paul Kerrigan(2),Miskella, Ciaran Sheehan,Donncha O’Connor and Goulding hit early points.
Goulding increased the Cork lead to 12 points after fifteen minutes,as the visitors showed that they had no answer to the All Ireland champions. Sean Fleming reduced the lead with a well taken point and to their credit, Waterford kept battling away. However,Paul Kerrigan struck for the rebels third goal after 18 minutes and it was game,set and match to the hosts. Brian Phelan scored the Deise’s third point of the afternoon to keep some respectability on the scoreboard. Shane Briggs and Tommy Prendergast then added scores to leave it 3-07 to 0-5.
The game slowed down shortly after Waterfords three scores and it was not until just before the break that Cork added another point.Dual star Aidan Walsh kicked the ball over the bar. Brian Wall responded for Waterford and in fairness, the Deise were keeping in touch on the board at that stage. The South Eastern side were rewarded for their efforts just on the stroke of halftime,when Gary Hurney scored from the spot after his side received a penalty. At the break Cork led 3-08 to 1-06.
Cork started the second half with all guns blazing and added a goal and two points inside the opening three minutes. With a scoreline of 4-10 to 1-06,the game became little more than a training session for the rebels and Fiachra Lynch soon added his second point to increase the lead further. Fintan Gould then added goal number five, as the game became a rout. Eoin Cotter got in on the act from cornerback and scored a point for the rebels.
Ger Spillane was only just on the pitch when he raced forward and pointed. Paddy Kelly got his first point of the afternoon shortly after and from there until the finish it was damage limitation for the Deise. Gould then got on the scoresheet and with 15 minutes remaining in the half, Waterford had still to score. That all changed on 59 minutes when a long Brian Wall punt deceived Cork keeper Alan Quirke, leaving it at 5-15 to 2-06. Paul Kerrigan soon had Cork back on track and he scored a fantastic point from a very tight angle. Tommy Prendergast was arguably Waterfords best player on the day,and he scored his second point on 65 minutes.Sean Fleming also got two points and his second arrived with three minutes to play.However, Cork had the final score of the afternoon through David Gould.