Friday 20 October 2017

Shefflin sees red as Cork slay toothless Kilkenny

Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny, leaves the pitch past manager Brian Cody after being sent off by referee Barry Kelly
Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny, leaves the pitch past manager Brian Cody after being sent off by referee Barry Kelly
28 July 2013; Henry Shefflin, left, Kilkenny, looks back as referee Barry Kelly issues him a red card, second yellow, on the stroke of half time. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Cork v Kilkenny, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
28 July 2013; Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny, runs back to the bench after referee Barry Kelly had issued him a red card, second yellow, on the stroke of half time. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Cork v Kilkenny, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
28 July 2013; Conor O'Sullivan, Cork, in action against Walter Walsh, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Cork v Kilkenny, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
28 July 2013; Jamie Coughlan, Cork, is tackled neck high by Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny, who was shown a yellow card, his second, and ultimately a red by referee Barry Kelly. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Cork v Kilkenny, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
28 July 2013; Conor O'Sullivan, Cork, in action against Walter Walsh, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Cork v Kilkenny, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
28 July 2013; Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy, right, and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody ahead of the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Cork v Kilkenny, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Jamie Coughlan, Cork, is tackled neck high by Henry Shefflin in the incident which saw him sent-off

Jimmy Barry-Murphy's Cork capitalised on Henry Shefflin's sending-off and a dreadful attacking display by the Cats to beat Kilkenny by 0-19 to 0-14 for the first time since the 2004 All-Ireland final in Thurles.

The defeat represents the end of an era with doubts surrounding the futures of Henry Shefflin and Brian Cody.

An inspired rearguard performance from the likes of Shane O'Neill, Stephen McDonnell and Tom Kenny saw Walter Walsh, Richie Hogan and co completely subdued.

Daniel Kearney was a dynamo in midfield for Cork and Patrick Horgan was ruthlessly clinical in attack as Cork advance to an All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin.

Henry Shefflin's dismissal just before the break and Anthony Nash's dumbfounding double-save from Richie Power's penalty after the break were crucial moments.

Kilkenny opened the scoring in the second minute with the reliable Eoin Larkin floating over a 65.

Tommy Walsh picked the sliotar up from the turf in the fifth minute and Patrick Horgan levelled matters and Horgan slotted a point from play after good play from the lively Daniel Kearney.

Horgan added another free before long range efforts from Larkin and the returning Michael Fennelly and the sides were level at three points apiece after nine minutes.

Patrick Horgan's fourth point and Seamus Harnedy's first pushed the Rebels two in front.

Larkin, who had earlier missed two, swapped frees with Horgan before Jamie Coughlan landed a huge point for Jimmy Barry-Murphy's men.

Tempers were beginning to become frayed with both sides guilty of poor discipline.

Kilkenny's shooting from placed balls was poor with Larkin, Richie Power and Henry Shefflin all missing and Conor Lehane punished them with a superb point from an acute angle before Patrick Horgan streched the lead to five.

Corner-back Paul Murphy drove forward for an inspirational score and then Michael Fennelly dissected the uprights to make it Cork 0-9 Kilkenny 0-6 after 30 minutes.

Horgan pucked a seventh point before the huge talking point of the first half occured when Henry Shefflin, who had been booked for a flick on the elbow of a Cork defender, was sent-off after a high challenge on Jamie Coughlan.

Horgan slotted the resulting free and Cork led by 0-11 to 0-6 at the break with Stephen McDonnell throwing his body on the line to deny Walter Walsh a goal.

Ref Barry Kelly was jeered as he left the field at the interval with Kilkenny left with a mountain to climb.

There was fire and brimstone at the beginning of the half with Michael Fennelly and Lorcan McLoughlin involved in an altercation.

As all that was happening Eoin Larkin was fouled in the square and the Cats had a penalty.

Richie Power scored with his effort but had to retake it because an over-zealous Tommy Walsh ran into the area before the ball was pucked.

His second effort was saved incredibly by Anthony Nash who saved again from the rebound before Michael Fennelly's goalbound shot was deflected over the bar.

Pa Cronin and Richie Power swapped points as Cork led by 0-12 to 0-8 after a helter-skelter opening seven minutes to the half.

A superb point from Tommy Walsh cut the deficit to three as the 14 men really put it up to Cork.

A marvellous Patrick Horgan brace, the first his fourth from play and the second his sixth from frees.

Conor Lehane delivered a fine point on the turn to give Cork a six-point lead after 53 minutes.

Richie Power was forced off when his head accidentally collided with Walter Walsh's head and the centre-forward was in no condition to continue.

Stephen Moylan pointed for the Rebels moments after coming into the game and Luke O'Farrell was next on teh scoresheet as Cork led by 0-17 to 0-9 with 10 minutes remaining.

Eoin Larkin and Pa Cronin swapped points before Power's replacement Aidan Fogarty made it a seven-point game.

Anthony Nash produced another incredible save to deny Michael Fennelly before Eoin Larkin and Walter Walsh put five between the teams with five minutes remaining.

Patrick Horgan and Eoin Larkin swapped frees as the clock ticked into the 70th minute.

Cork, with the extra man in defence, thwarted every Kilkenny attempt to get a late goal and they held-on for a five-point win.

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