- Just don’t look the same do they… Waterford’s Eoin McGrath and Cork’s Seán Óg Ó Hailpín in action at Walsh Park last Sunday. | Photos: Michael Kiely
The more things change the more they stay the same! The personnel may have been different but some things will never change. Once again Waterford and Cork stood toe to toe and stared each other down. When the bell rang, they went at each other hammer and tongs and when it was all over, they walked away into the sunset and left another chapter in a long, epic anthology for which no end seems to be in sight.
Over the last ten years these two sides have served up several games of hurling that will live long in the memory. Whether it be in Thurles, Croke Park or now Walsh Park, the game of hurling has never looked as beautiful as when Waterford and Cork go head to head.
If the clashes of Waterford and Cork over the past decade are ever documented in a book, the chapter dealing with this particular match will be entitled ‘Eoin Kelly’. The Passage man finished this game with an incredible tally of 1-17, a performance which will live long in the memory.
However, once again the concession of goals will give Davy Fitzgerald and his selectors some food for thought before they tackle Tipperary this weekend.
The first Cork goal arrived in the 7th minute. Noel Connors was dispossessed coming out and Cork captain, Kieran Murphy seized the ball. Murphy headed for the Waterford goal with intent and as Mark O’Brien came out to face him down, Murphy offloaded to giant full-forward, Michael Cussen who finished with relative ease past Clinton Hennessy.
See The Munster Express newspaper for full story.