Hallissey's late heroics secure title as Rebels show spirit
Published 22/08/2011 | 05:00
CORK coach Niall Kelleher paid tribute to the character of his team following Saturday's dramatic extra-time triumph at Semple Stadium in Thurles.
A hard-fought victory secured the Rebels their 16th All-Ireland junior crown and their fourth in seven seasons, with Kevin Hallissey's two points in the second period of extra-time proving decisive.
"This team has shown great character all year, which stood to them, particularly in extra-time," said Kelleher.
Cork recovered from falling 0-7 to 0-2 behind in the first half with a crucial 1-1 before the break, Andrew O'Brien getting the all-important goal.
And Kelleher admitted: "We fell apart for a while in the first half but the goal revived us and gave us momentum."
Kildare, who had Tommy Moolick to thank for taking the game into extra-time, were contesting a first final since 1970, but the Lilywhites, who have never won an All-Ireland junior crown, left empty-handed again.
Both sides were guilty of some poor shooting throughout, Cork finishing with 19 wides to Kildare's 14.
Cork kicked the opening two scores of the match but Kildare reeled off seven unanswered points during an impressive 11-minute spell to gain firm control of proceedings.
But Cork's response before the break was absolutely crucial and kept them in touch at the midway point, trailing by just a single point, 1-3 to 0-7.
Kildare landed the opening three points of the second half to move four clear again but Cork responded with a run of five unanswered scores to move a point clear, 1-8 to 0-10, with 12 minutes remaining.
The sides were deadlocked twice more in the closing minutes and after Moolick had kicked a 59th-minute leveller, Kildare skipper Ciaran Kelly missed a chance in stoppage-time to seal victory for the Leinster kingpins -- it was 0-12 to 1-9 at the end of normal time, and then Hallissey took over.
Scorers -- Cork: K Hallissey 0-5 (1f), L Shorten 0-4 (2f), A O'Brien 1-0, S Kiely, A O'Sullivan, D O'Donovan ('45') 0-1 each. Kildare: C Murphy 0-4 (1f), D Mulhall 0-3, C Kelly 0-2, R Walsh, T Moolick, M Fitzharris, T Archibald 0-1 each.
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: B Daly for O'Mahony (37), M Dilworth for Keane (43), P Gayer for O'Connor (51), C Keane for Dilworth (70), P Daley for Clancy (70+3), AJ O'Connor for O'Sullivan (77).
KILDARE: R Eyres; D McEvoy, K Fitzpatrick, R Walsh; M Kelly, J Doyle, T Archibald; P Dunne, E Carew; C Murphy, T Moolick, C Kelly; D Mulhall, P Meagher, J Gately. Subs: D Campbell for Gately (44), J Comerford for Kelly (50), J Lambe for Meagher (50), E Hyland for Mulhall (55), M Fitzharris for Carew (60+2), C Bolton for Lambe (60), P Meagher for Archibald (60), E Carew for Murphy (70), D Mulhall for Campbell (78), D Barker for Doyle (79).
REF -- D O'Mahoney (Tipperary).