Hurley sends Cork to top of the class
Cork deservedly relieved Monaghan of their schools title in a thrilling final at Dr Cullen Park in Carlow.
The Rebels were far more astute and economical in their use of the ball, employing a direct style of play which paid handsome scoring dividends. By comparison, Monaghan were over-elaborate in their build-up while their cause was not helped by an ugly tally of 13 wides.
Cork began with purpose and shocked the Ulster champions with two superb goals in the space three minutes. The first from full-forward Dean Murphy on 12 minutes was quickly followed by a second from centre-forward Pa Cronin to give the Rebels a 2-5 to 0-4 half-time lead.
The 2009 champions struck two early second-half goals from corner-forward Philip Donnelly and Cillian Coleman to cut the leeway to a single point and restore belief among northern fans. But Cork held their nerve, regrouped and hit back to all but seal victory with a well-taken goal from Brian Hurley on 44 minutes to go 3-5 to 2-4 ahead. Cork then restricted Monaghan to just three points for the rest of the contest.
Scorers -- Cork: B Hurley 1-3, (0-1f), P Cronin, D Murphy 1-0 each, M Vaughan 0-2, K Hoare, D Ring, S Ryan 0-1 each. Monaghan: P Donnelly 1-2, J McCarron 0-5 (0-5f), C Coleman 1-0.
Cork -- J Crowley; J Ryan, S O'Shea, D Crowley; T Clancy, R O'Sullivan, P Crowley; J Collins, K Hoare; M Vaughan, P Cronin, A Gould; D Ring, D Murphy, B Hurley. Subs: M Howard for Gould (41); S Ryan for Vaughan (48).
Monaghan -- D McDermott; C McCaffrey, E Coyle, C Treanor; R Courtney, P McGuigan, C Coleman; P Dooney, A Mulligan; J Kerr, R McGuinness, T Connelly; J McCarron, T Kerr, P Donnelly. Subs: D Smith for McGuinness (h/t); J McGuigan for Kerr (47); M Treanor for Connolly (55).
Ref -- P Kehoe (Carlow)