Waterford progressed to the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final for the first time in four years after they say off Cork at Semple Stadium. They will now meet either Limerick or Tipperary, who contest the other semi-final tomorrow.
This four-point win ends Waterford’s nine-game run without a championship victory, with their last championship win coming against today’s opponents in the 2017 All-Ireland semi-final win in August.
Under the leadership of Liam Cahill, this semi-final triumph represented a most satisfactory senior-inter-county championship managerial debut. As for his players, this has lifted a huge weight off their shoulders as they will now look to win their first Munster title since the 2010 reply victory over the Rebels when Dan Shanahan’s cracking extra-time goal presented the Déise with their ninth Munster title.
The Déise, were always in full control of the game and after the 14th minute when they regained the lead they never trailed since, the boost of a Calum Lyons goal in the early stages of the second half put the six points in front and they were able to hold the Rebels.
As for Cork, their attention will now turn to qualifiers. This was a showing that they will want to forget really fast.
The match began at a frantic pace in the opening eight minutes that produced nine points, Cork leading by 0-5 to 0-4.
Waterford held a three-point advantage at the break and that lead was pushed out to six points when Calum Lyons tore in along the Ryan stand side, pursued by two Cork defenders, before burying the sliotar past Anthony Nash.
Overall Waterford’s skill and work rate were much better over the course of the 74 minutes, and despite a Patrick Horgan goal deep into injury time Waterford’s place in the Munster final was secured.