Michael Duignan hailed the influence of two young players in yesterday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final between Cork and Waterford at Semple Stadium.
An exciting game ended 1-21 apiece as the sides had to settle for a replay, with Austin Gleeson shining for the Déise and Cork's Alan Cadogan winning man-of-the-match on The Sunday Game last night.
Gleeson produced a tenacious display for a teenage newcomer, scoring a sublime goal in his tally of 1-02.
Duignan told RTÉ Sport this morning: “That was the story of yesterday, to see the emergence of two fabulous players. Austin Gleeson of Waterford at 19-years of age, was centre-back on the minor team last year and he scored a goal that will live long in the memory.
“But apart from that, he cut over a line ball, he scored from play and his work-rate was outstanding.
“He made a few mistakes and a few bad wides but he is only a young lad.
“Alan Cadogan for Cork, before yesterday I had heard of him as a footballer and hurler at underage level, but never saw him at senior level.
“He was the one player for Cork in the first half. He scored points from play, won frees and did the same in the second half. He worked tirelessly and ended up scoring four points.
“I would split the man-of-the-match between the two of them yesterday. It was great to see another two fantastic young players emerge on the scene.”
“I think Cork will have learned from yesterday. I would go tentatively for a Cork win the next day” - Michael Duignan
Waterford let a sizeable lead slip away in the second half as well as leaving some points behind having controlled much of the first half.
Duignan said the youthful Déise will be the county with the most regret, and believes Cork can go on to seal a semi-final spot in the replay.
“Waterford will be the more disappointed team this morning. They led by nine after 47 minutes, there were up six at half-time having nine wides. They were poor enough wides when they were completely on top.
“The likes of Noel Connors, Tadhg de Búrca and Jamie Nagle dominated at the back and there was superb movement from the forward line. But then you have give Cork a lot of credit.
“They were nine down and 13 minutes later they were just a point down.
“They had all the momentum and I thought Bill Cooper made a huge difference at centre-forward when he came on. Patrick Horgan thundered into the game and Alan Cadogan was superb throughout.
“At the end of the day Cork could have stolen it because they had that momentum. Waterford hung on. Both teams will try to take positives from it.
“I think it's all to play for in the second game.
“Cork would be slight favourites because they might have that room for improvement. I think Cork will have learned from yesterday. I would go tentatively for a Cork win the next day.”
The replay is set for Sunday 8 June with throw-in time to be confirmed.