Rampant Dublin demolish lethargic Cork to clinch first Allianz League treble
Dublin 1-21 Cork 2-7
It was all too easy for Dublin as Cork suffered another Croke Park implosion in the Allianz football League Division 1 final.
Dublin were never tested as they powered their way to a third successive League title, hitting hapless Cork for 22 scores. Cork didn’t record their first score from open play until Mark Collins squeezed in a goal in the 48th minute and while sub, Daniel Goulding scored a second goal in the 69th minute, it was no more than a tiny consolation on a truly shocking day for the Rebels.
Overpowered from the start, they never got into the game and the longer it went the more chaotic they became.
Dublin, in contrast, were quick and slick, exploiting the wide open spaces of Croke Park with maximum efficiency.
They led by 1-9 to 0-5 at half-time, having dominated the game even more comprehensively that the scoreline suggested. In addition to posting ten scores, they also kicked eight wides, some from very good scoring positions so they really should have been further ahead at the interval.
It was a truly dismal period for Cork, all of whose points came from free by Colm O’Neill (4) and Brian Hurley (1).
They played as a two-man full-forward line, with No.14 Mark Collins on a roving commission which yielded nothing. Indeed, it proved counter-productive for Cork as Phillly McMahon, who accompanied Collins on his travels became part of Dublin’s attacking surges and also helped himself to a point.
Cork failed to score until the 14th minute, by which time Dublin were five points ahead. They led by 0-7 to 0-4 after 30 minutes and added two more points before extending the lead to eight points in the 34th minute when Diarmuid Connolly stroked a penalty kick to the net after Tomas Brady had been fouled in the square. O’Neill closed out the half with a pointed free.
Cork came close to scoring as goal in the 38th minute but Goulding’s effort cannoned back off the crossbar. They didn’t score in the second half until the 48th minute, by which time Dublin had added six points and were well on their way to completing the League treble.
Dean Rock scored 0-10 (0-7 from frees) in a Dublin attack which tormented the Cork defence from start to finish.
Scorers: Dublin: D Rock 0-10 (7f), C Kilkenny 0-3, D Connolly 1-0 (pen), P Andrews, B Brogan 0-2 each, K McManamon, T Brady, P McMahon, J McCaffrey 0-1 each.
Cork: C O’Neill 0-5 (4f), D Goulding 1-1 (0-1 ‘45), M Collins 1-0, B Hurley 0-1 each.
Dublin: S Cluxton; P McMahon, R O’Carroll, J Cooper; J McCarthy, C O’Sullivan, J McCaffrey; D Bastick, B Fenton; T Brady, C Kilkenny, D Connolly; D Rock, K McManamon, B Brogan.
Subs: M Fitzsimons for O’Carroll (26), P Andrews for Brady (46), E O Conghaile for Bastick (54), C Costello for Connolly (58), J Small for McMahon (62), D Daly for Fenton (64).
Cork: K O’Halloran; N Galvin, M Shields, J Loughrey; J O’Sullivan, C Dorman, Tomas Clancy; E Cadogan, F Goold; K O’Driscoll, J O’Rourke, C O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, M Collins, B Hurley.
Subs: P Kerrigan for Dorman (26), D Goulding for O’Rourke (37), B O’Driscoll for C O’Driscoll (50), D Og Hodnett for O’Sullivan (52), J Hayes for Collins (57), S Cronin for Galvin (63).
Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)