Sport Gaelic Football

Thursday 23 March 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Bernard Brogan (Dublin)

He scored 1-7 (1-6 from open play) in an excellent performance, marred only by two wides late in the game. He looked as if he would score every time he got on the ball, but with the supply lines becoming cluttered in the second half, it wasn't as often as Dublin would have liked.

Turning point

Cork's goal from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute. It looked up to then as if Bernard Brogan's first-minute goal would keep Dublin far enough ahead to take them through to the final.

Talking point

Dublin's late fade-out. Two points clear after 66 minutes, they lost their defensive discipline on the home stretch conceding three frees which Cork converted into points at a crucial juncture.

Ref watch

The GAA tell us there's no difference in

how games are refereed throughout the championship. We don't believe them. Several handpasses which were allowed yesterday would have been penalised in the early stages of the provincial championships.

What they said

Conor Counihan (Cork manager):

"People have questioned us down through the last year and we had to dig ourselves out against Wexford, Limerick and in different places. The important thing is we have learned to dig. When things get rough we have to dig in and work it out and that's what we did."

Pat Gilroy (Dublin manager):

"We conceded a penalty and a number of soft frees and we have to look at why we conceded those, but we also had some wild stuff down the other end in those last 10 minutes. It's all the little things that make a difference when it's a one-point defeat."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 13 (9); Dublin 12 (6).

Frees: Cork 31 (17); Dublin 18 (8).

Yellow cards: Cork 1 (P O'Neill 27); Dublin 6 (MD Macauley 24, K Nolan 33, A Brogan 37, E O'Gara 42, R McConnell 52 & 69).

Red cards: Cork 0; Dublin 1 ( McConnell 69).

Attendance: 82,225.

What next

Cork play Kildare or Down in the All-Ireland final on September 19. Dublin reflect on a year when, despite the big defeat by Meath, they made considerable progress.

Irish Independent

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