Cork remain in a good position ahead of next weekend’s final round of Munster Senior Hurling Championship games as they saw off Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh tonight.
A crowd of 26,521 witnessed the visitors – who have nothing to play for – make life difficult for the hosts for much of the game, but eventually Cork pulled clear in the closing stages.
The Rebels appeared to have taken control early on as Patrick Horgan followed his opening point with a goal. From a delivery by Alan Cadogan, Horgan’s touch was majestic, allowing him to fire past Billy Nolan.
Playing into the wind, Cork were on top and Séamus Harnedy’s point made it 1-04 to 0-03 on 11 minutes but Waterford responded well and two Stephen Bennett frees and a point from Jamie Barron had them back to within a point, 1-4 to 0-6 by the 16th minute.
At the other end, Nolan did well to save from Harnedy when Cork led by 1-09 to 0-09 and, after a Jack Prendergast point for Waterford, the Waterford keeper denied Bill Cooper. However, when possession returned to Cooper, he picked out Cadogan, who fired home to open up a five-point lead.
By half-time, that advantage was six, 2-11 to 0-11, with Waterford’s Peter Hogan and Cork’s Horgan exchanging points on the resumption.
Horgan’s ninth point in the 48th minute meant that the Rebels were seven to the good, 2-18 to 1-14, and though Shane Bennett snaffled a second Waterford goal following good build-up play from his brother Stephen and Peter Hogan, a comeback was beyond them.
In the wake of the goal, Cork had five of the next six points, with Harnedy (two), Alan Cadogan and subs Shane Kingston and Conor Lehane all on target.
With scoring difference potentially coming into consideration depending on how next week’s final round of games go, the Rebels continued to add to their tally in the closing stages, with 13 points separating the sides at the end as Cork ran out winners on a 2-30 to 2-17 scoreline.