Friday 22 September 2017

Dominant Rebels drive through storm

CORK 0-14, SLIGO 1-6

CORK produced a first-half blitz to set up victory over defending champions Sligo at Croke Park.

Played in a constant downpour, it was the Rebels' ability to make light of the poor conditions in the first half to go in 0-9 to 0-2 up that was the crucial difference.

The Cork midfield of Andrew O'Sullivan and Daniel O'Donovan were superior from the opening exchanges, while, up front, Cathrach Keane, Andrew O'Brien, Liam Shorten and Kevin Hallissey looked lively.

The game could have been over at half-time as Cork amassed eight of their total of 12 wides in that dominant first-half display.

Sligo, who were managed by senior team boss Kevin Walsh, got their hopes of a revival off to a dream start when James Hynes cracked in a superb goal from the restart.

But they were unable to build on this breakthrough. A physically stronger Cork were able to ride out the storm with full-back Owen O'Mahony and attacking wing-back Anthony J O'Connor very impressive.

Ultimately, Sligo had no one to really share the scoring with Vincent Frizzell.

They searched for another lifeline, but a late flurry from Andrew O'Brien and Matthew Dilworth moved Cork out of danger and into the All-Ireland final.

SCORERS -- Cork: A O'Brien, L Shorten 0-3 each, K Hallissey, C Keane 0-2 each, AJ O'Connor, A O'Sullivan, B Coughlan, M Dilworth 0-1 each. Sligo: V Frizzell 0-6 (4f), J Hynes (1-0).

CORK -- T O'Connor; E Wiseman, O O'Mahony, K Harrington; S Kiely, R O'Sullivan, AJ O'Connor; A O'Sullivan, D O'Donovan; T Clancy, C Keane, B Coughlan; K Hallissey, A O'Brien, L Shorten. Subs: P Gayer for R O'Sullivan (41), M Dilworth for B Coughlan (46), B Daly for Clancy (58).

SLIGO -- B McGovern; C Davey, J Martyn, K Cryan; S McManus, M Quinn, G Gilsenan; K Byrne, M McGowan; M Butler, J Hynes, V Frizzell; A Taaffe, J Clarke, G Gaughan. Subs: C Griffin for J Martyn (13), D Gilsenain for Taaffe (37), N Gaughan for J Clarke (55), M Irwin for Hynes (59), M Rolston for M McGowan 62.

Ref -- P Kneel (Louth).

Irish Independent

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