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Rebels hit the goal trail to blitz Donegal

Cork 4-11 Donegal 0-19

Published 12/04/2015 | 15:39

Brian Hurley shoots past the Donegal goalkeeper Michael Boyle to score Cork's third goal in the 40th minute. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Brian Hurley shoots past the Donegal goalkeeper Michael Boyle to score Cork's third goal in the 40th minute. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Cork defender Tom Clancy shoots to score his side's first-half goal in the National league semi-final against Donegal at Croke Park. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Donegal's Eamonn MaGee in action against Tomas Clancy, left, and Brian Hurle. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Cork's goalscoring blitz against one of the most feared defences in the game brought them safe passage through this Allianz Football League semi-final at Croke Park.

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The opening exchanges were brisk and business-like without reaching anything like championship intensity.

Donegal were lording it at midfield and winning too much possession for Cork's comfort, but the Rebels kept rallying.

An 18th minute goal from Tom Clancy, a late replacement for Jamie O'Sullivan in Cork's line up ignited their challenge.

At that stage Donegal led by 0-7 to 0-4, but Clancy's score restored Cork to parity.

By half time they were again locked together at 1-8 for Cork, to Donegal's 0-11.

Brian Hurley celebrates scoring his side's third goal at Croke Park, Dublin.
Brian Hurley celebrates scoring his side's third goal at Croke Park, Dublin.
Donegal and Cork players in a tussle during the second half.
Brian Hurley shoots past the Donegal goalkeeper Michael Boyle to score Cork's third goal in the 40th minute. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
12 April 2015; Cork goalkeeper Ken O'Halloran and full back Michael Shields combine to stop this shot on goal by Donegal's Colm McFadden. Allianz Football League Division 1, Semi-Final, Cork v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Cork defender Tom Clancy shoots to score his side's first-half goal in the National league semi-final against Donegal at Croke Park. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Donegal's Eamonn MaGee in action against Tomas Clancy, left, and Brian Hurle. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Eamonn MaGeein action against Brian Hurley at Croke Park. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
12 April 2015; Karl Lacey, Donegal, in action against Kevin O'Driscoll, Cork. Allianz Football League Division 1, Semi-Final, Cork v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
12 April 2015; Mark Collins, Cork, in action against Eoin McHugh, Donegal. Allianz Football League Division 1, Semi-Final, Cork v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
12 April 2015; Frank McGlynn, Donegal, in action against Conor Dorman, Cork. Allianz Football League Division 1, Semi-Final, Cork v Donegal. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
12 April 2015; Michael Murphy, Donegal, in action against Eoin Cadogan, Cork. Allianz Football League Division 1, Semi-Final, Cork v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
12 April 2015; Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, in action against Vinny Corey, Monaghan. Allianz Football League Division 1, Semi-Final, Dublin v Monaghan, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
12 April 2015; Dean Rock kicks a free for Dublin. Allianz Football League Division 1, Semi-Final, Dublin v Monaghan, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
12 April 2015; Conor McManus, Monaghan, in action against Brian Fenton, Dublin. Allianz Football League Division 1, Semi-Final, Dublin v Monaghan, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
12 April 2015; Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, in action against Kieran Hughes, Monaghan. Allianz Football League Division 1, Semi-Final, Dublin v Monaghan, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
12 April 2015; Darren Hughes, Monaghan, in action against David Byrne, left, and Jonny Cooper, Dublin. Allianz Football League Division 1, Semi-Final, Dublin v Monaghan, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
12 April 2015; Jonny Cooper, Dublin, in action against Thomas Kerr, Monaghan. Allianz Football League Division 1, Semi-Final, Dublin v Monaghan, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Fintan Goold with three points was Cork's leading first half scorer, along with goal scorer  Clancy.

Michael Murphy (0-4) and Paddy McBrearty (0-3) did the bulk of scoring in that opening 35 minutes for Donegal.

Cork crabbed their way through a wall of yellow before Kevin O'Driscoll was taken down for a free in the 37th minute.

Colm O'Neill scored that close range effort and a minute later poached a fisted goal after John O'Rourke's shot came off the upright.

Martin McElhinney claimed a point for Donegal almost immediately, but Cork's Brian Hurley upped the ante with a 40th minute goal to make it 3-9 to 0-12.

Further scores by Kevin O'Driscoll and Fintan Goold pushed Cork to 3-11.

Donegal pressed hard, and three scores by Murphy, and one each by Martin McElhinney and Colm McFadden left Donegal on 0-17 after 54 minutes.

Cork keeper Ken O'Halloran had made a vital save from McBrearty's goal bound shot in the 50th minute.

The importance of that save was underlined after 58 minutes when Colm O'Neill plundered Cork's fourth goal, leaving the Rebels six ahead.

Late scores by McBrearty and Murphy put a better gloss on the scoreline for Donegal.

Cork: K O'Halloran; T Clancy (1-0), M Shields (0-1), J Loughrey; C Dorman (0-1), B O'Driscoll, T Clancy; E Cadogan, F Goold (0-4); C O'Driscoll (0-1), J O'Rourke (0-1),  K O'Driscoll; C O'Neill (2-2, 1f)  M Collins, B Hurley (1-1)

Subs: P Kerrigan for M Shields (54); D Goulding for K O'Driscoll (60); Barry O'Driscoll for Brian O'Driscoll (64); J Hayes for B Hurley (67); D Og Hodnett for J O'Rourke (68)

Donegal: M Boyle; P McGrath, N McGee, E McGee; F McGlynn, K Lacey (0-1), A Thompson (0-1), M McElhinney (0-2), H McFadden; E McHugh,  O MacNiallais (0-1), R McHugh; P McBrearty, (0-4,1f), M Murphy (0-0-8, 2 45s, 2f), C McFadden (0-2)

Subs: E Doherty for A Thompson (39); M O'Reilly for E McHugh (46); C Toye for P McGrath (49); S Griffen for C McFadden (60); D McLaughlin for H McFadden (64);

Ref: M Duffy (Sligo)

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