Tensions were high on the field as Waterford defeated Cork. Three red cards may overhype things slightly, but it was a tense game between Munster rivals with a lot at stake. The game turned on 51 minutes with Cork’s loss of Damien Cahalane to a second yellow card. Gaps opened in the Cork defence and the Déise capitalised impeccably.
Hurling fans all around sat back and watched an intriguing game unfold. Waterford are back in their first All-Ireland final since 2008, while Cork’s fairytale season came to a disappointing end. But the excitement levels on the Sunny South East will peak over the next three weeks.
Waterford will face Galway on September 3rd. Waterford have never lost to Galway in the hurling championship. Waterford people love their county and it is sure to be a cracking build up to a novel All-Ireland final pairing.
— Jerome O’Connell (@JeromeSport) August 13, 2017
The smiley head on McGrath walking into the tunnel there. Delighted for Waterford, it’ll be a brilliant All-Ireland final. #GAA
— Tommy Rooney (@TomasORuanaidh) August 13, 2017
— John Collins (@HangBlaa) August 13, 2017
Jamie Barron, Brick and Philip Mahony have ridiculous levels of consistency. Probably don’t get the recognition they deserve ?
— Michael Grace (@Graceydotie) August 13, 2017
4-19 in an All-Ireland semi-final. If they weren’t a defensive team, what would they score?
— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) August 13, 2017
Austin Gleeson’s 2nd half reminiscent of Roy Keane v Juventus in champions lge semi 99. Drove his team into a final he may not be playing in
— Mike Quirke (@Mike_Quirke) August 13, 2017
— Carol Mahony (@CarolMahony23) August 13, 2017
Well done Waterford. Huge result for them. There won’t be a blaa cooked down there tomorrow morning #GAA
— Adrian Kavanagh (@AdrianKavanagh) August 13, 2017
Sending off left Cork exposed at the back, but Waterford had the bench. Dan Shanahan needs to be put on a leash on the sideline. #CORKvWAT
— Liam Phelan (@LiamAJPhelan) August 13, 2017
Better team won. Fair play to Waterford. ? Jamie Barron so impressive. It’s been a positive year for Cork all told though. Béimíd arais?⚪
— Jamie Wall (@Jamwall7) August 13, 2017