Cork 2-15; Waterford 1-17
Two tall men were the shooting stars of a tournament game between Cork and Waterford to mark the switching on of the lights at the Sarsfields grounds outside Cork last Saturday.
Dual player Michael Cussen scored two goals for the home side, while last year’s captain John Gardiner also played a huge role in the Rebels’ win, scoring seven points from centre-field, four from frees.
Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan riffled over a tally of 11 points, four from play, and Shane Walsh looks set to have nailed a starting shirt with another fantastic performance, including a goal.
The teams were level on no fewer than eight occasions in a tit-for-tat encounter. Towering full-forward Cussen put the ball past Adrian Power for the first goal early on, while Waterford were deprived by the outstanding Donal Óg Cusack at the other end in a number of instances. Cork full-back David Cunningham also put in a serious shift, filling the spot vacated by Diarmuid O’Sullivan with aplomb.
However, the Deise’s perseverance paid off when Walsh found the back of Cusack’s net with 21 minutes played, levelled the scores at 1-6 apiece. The remainder of the half was even enough, with Cork leading 1-10 to 1-9 at the break.
Cork sub Cian McCarthy made a telling second-half contribution with three points, but with Shanahan from placed balls the teams were locked at 1-14 each entering the final stages.
Cussen scored his second goal of the game in the 50th minute. Waterford, however, refused to lie down and even with 14 men (after the dismissal of Richie Foley for a straight red near the end) they could count themselves unlucky not to have grabbed a draw.