Monday 27 March 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Pearse O'Neill (Cork)

Apart from scoring 1-2 from open play, his powerful running through the centre, especially in the second half, was too much for a tiring Roscommon.

Turning point

None. It was a gradual powering up of momentum for Cork -- after Roscommon took the lead in the 41st minute -- that turned the game inexorably the Rebels' way.

Talking point

What is Cork's best starting team? The fact that Conor Counihan made three changes at half-time shows that the basic structure remains unsettled.

Ref watch

Cormac Reilly had a trouble-free afternoon and seemed to get most of the important decisions right.

What they said

Conor Counihan (Cork manager):

"Our message at half-time was to remain composed and to show more conviction in what we were doing. We got through in the end but we still have an awful lot of work to do."

Fergal O'Donnell (Roscommon manager):

"Cork gradually wore us down. We wouldn't have their strength in depth and that proved crucial at times."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 12 (6); Roscommon 8 (7).

Frees: Cork 20 (13); Roscommon 20 (9).

Yellow cards: Cork 2 (M Shields 35, D Goulding 70); Roscommon 1 (D O'Gara 9).

Red cards: Cork 0; Roscommon 0.

Attendance: 47,016.

What next?

Cork play Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 22; Roscommon look to 2011 in Division 4.

Irish Independent

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