That's why they're champions: 14-man Dublin come from seven points down to see off Cork
DUBLIN 2-14 CORK 2-10
They were far from the well-oiled machine we have become accustomed to but a strong second-half showing ensured another win for the Dubs with a late James McCarthy goal sealing a flattering four-point win.
Cork were on fire in the early stages, powering into a 1-4 to no score lead with Colm O’Neill firing 1-3, including a penalty after Peter Kelleher was pulled back by Philly McMahon inside the large parallelogram.
It was the 22nd minute until Dublin got off the mark but it was a telling score as Diarmuid Connolly provided the overlap for Bernard Brogan and rifled into the bottom corner.
Kelleher, who caused trouble under high ball at the edge of the square, responded by palming to the net after great work from Paul Kerrigan, to stretch the Rebel lead, and leave them 2-7 to 1-3 up at the break.
Jim Gavin’s side were quick off the mark in the second half with Cormac Costello, who finished with nine points (eight frees, all in the second half) closing the gap.
They were level in the 58th minute, 2-7 to 1-10, with Cork struggling for traction up front. And despite Johnny Cooper’s sending off they were soon ahead for the first time in the game with Costello pointing again.
Pear Healy’s side didn’t fold, however, and Ruairi Deane and Mark Collins drew them level. But the Dubs responded in clinical fashion with sub Kevin McManamon winning two frees, which Costello converted, and McCarthy putting the icing on the cake with a brilliant solo effort.
SCORERS – Dublin – C Costello 0-9 (8f), D Connolly 1-3 (1f, 1 ’45), J McCarthy 1-0, P Andrews 0-2.
Cork – Colm O’Neill 1-3 (2f, 1-0 pen), P Kelleher 1-0, B Hurley 0-2 (1f), P Kerrigan 0-1, L Connolly 0-1 (f), C O’Driscoll 0-1, M Collins and R Deane 0-1 each.
DUBLIN: M Savage; J Cooper, P McMahon, D Byrne, J McCarthy, C O’Sullivan, E Lowndes; B Fenton, E Ó Conghaile; P Flynn, D Connolly, C Kilkenny; C Costello, P Andrews, B Brogan. Subs: J Small for E Lowndes and M Fitzsimons for B Fenton (ht), S Carthy for E Ó Conghaile (48), D Rock for B Brogan (49), K McManamon for P Andrews (65), Shane B Carthy for P Flynn (71).
CORK: MA Martin; J O’Sullivan, E Cadogan, K Crowley; T Clancy, B O’Driscoll, K O’Driscoll; S Kiely, I Maguire; M Collins, L Connolly, B O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, P Kelleher, P Kerrigan. Subs: B Hurley for P Kerrigan (BS 31), P Kerrigan for B Hurley (BS 35). D Goulding for C O’Neill (44), K O’Hanlon for S Kiely (50), B Hurley for K O’Driscoll (54), R Deane for L Connolly (57), Andrew O’Sullivan for P Kelleher (67), M Collins (O’Donovan Rossa) for P Kerrigan (70).
REF – P Neilan (Roscommon)
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