By John Markey
Waterford 2-16, Cork 0-8 The senior hurling championship began in earnest on Sunday and Waterford, newcomers to the top flight, became the first side to register two points.
In an uninspiring encounter, they were always going to be too strong for an indifferent Cork 13. With both sides having made the transition in recent seasons, Waterford clearly illustrated they have what it takes to compete at this level. An experienced defense and midfield, their undoubted strength lies in their attack with Fintan O’Shea, Ollie O’Neill and Barry Walsh all capable of finding the target. Despite being their first season in the top flight, they look strong and will certainly make a run at a playoff berth.
They raced in to an easy lead, thanks to scores from Barry Walsh, and Ollie O’Neill and with Cork struggling to come to terms with their challenge they continued to increase their advantage. Indeed, such were Cork’s inadequacies that Conor O’Shea would be their only marksman in the opening half hour. Trailing by 0-12 to 0-1, it was always going to be an uphill battle in the second half.
Fintan O’Shea grabbed the game’s opening goal penalizing some sloppy Cork defending and despite a much more spirited effort in the second half, there was to be no way back for Cork.
Kevin Martin, Ray Duggan, Barry Walsh, Fintan O’Shea and Ollie O’Neill had a fine outing for Waterford. Ray Leydon, Eoghan O’Connor, Tom Fitzgibbons, Tony Spillane and ‘Wee’ Chuck O’Connor tried hard for Cork.
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Waterford scorers: F. O’Shea 2-2, B. Walsh 0-4, O. O’Neill 0-4, R. Duggan 0-3, T. Bermingham, J.J. O’Sullivan and J. Murphy all 0-1.
Cork: T. Fitzgibbon 0-3, T. Spillane 0-2, C. O’Connor 0-2, C. O’Sullivan 0-1.