Waterford are Munster Hurling Champions after a thrilling clash with Cork.
An exhilarating Munster Hurling Final strained the nerves of Waterford and Cork supporters right up to the final whistle. Cork got the brighter start when Waterford keeper Stephen Brenner failed to control a speculative strike from Garvan McCarthy which ended up in the net. After 14 minutes Eoin Kelly went on a run which he finished to the back of the net to bring Waterford right into the game on a scoreline of Cork 1-05 Waterford 1-04.
Cork upped the tempo again with some outstanding points so that after 25 minutes the lead was 1-10 to 1-05. When Dan Shanahan rose above two defenders won the ball and finished it to the back of the net, Waterford were only two points behind. At half time Cork led by 1-14 to 2-08.
The second half was barely underway when John Mullane reduced the deficit to two points. Yet within minutes, Mullane had gone from hero to villain having been sent off for a striking offence off the ball. A brilliant Ben O'Connor score put Cork two points ahead just after 50 minutes. When Seán Óg Ó hAilpín was deemed to have fouled Dan Shanahan, Paul Flynn stood over a free 30 metres out. Few in the ground could have expected that the ball would finish in the back of the net. Was he going for goal? Only Paul Flynn knows. Now Waterford were ahead by a point 3-12 to 1-17. This roller coaster of a tussle would continue until the very end when Ken McGrath made a remarkable catch with only seconds remaining meaning Waterford were Munster Hurling Champions.
The final score was Waterford 3-16 Cork 1-21.
Highlights shown here are taken from The Sunday Game broadcast 27 June 2004.
The commentators are Ger Canning and Michael Duignan.