Sport Gaelic Football

Monday 19 February 2018

Fifth time lucky for the Leesiders

Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-9

Despite racing into an early five-point lead, Cork failed to follow up their Munster SFC win over Kerry as they lost their way badly in the second half of this final. Colm O'Neill's 10th-minute goal gave the Leesiders the initiative, but by half-time, the Kingdom were two points in front and on top in most sectors. Jack O'Connor's men were rarely threatened in the second half as the Rebels struggled to break down their opponents' hard-working defence.

Cork -- A Quirke; K O'Connor, M Shields, A Lynch; N O'Leary, G Canty, J Miskella; A O'Connor, N Murphy; P Kelly, P O'Neill, P Kerrigan; D Goulding, C O'Neill, D O'Connor. Subs: E Cadogan for K O'Connor, F Goold for Kerrigan, D Kavanagh Lynch, J Masters for Goulding, M Cussen for A O'Connor.

Kerry 3-13 Cork 1-9

Perhaps, the most humiliating final defeat of all as the Rebels slumped to a crushing loss. An opportunist goal from Colm Cooper, who fisted the ball past Kevin O'Dwyer in the 17th minute, set the Kingdom on their way. Having trailed by three points at half-time, Cork fell further behind a minute after the re-start when Kieran Donaghy capitalised on poor defending to find the net. A second goal from Donaghy then killed the game as a contest as their opponents folded tamely.

Cork -- A Quirke; M Shields, G Canty, K O'Connor; N O'Leary, G Spillane, J Miskella; N Murphy, D Kavanagh; C McCarthy, P O'Neill, K McMahon; J Masters, M Cussen, D O'Connor. Subs: D Goulding for Masters, A Lynch for Miskella, F Goold for McMahon, K O'Sullivan for McCarthy.

Meath 1-11 Cork 1-8

Standing on the precipice of the double, following the hurlers' final victory over Kilkenny two weeks earlier, the footballers failed rise to the occasion as they were outbattled by Sean Boylan's Meath. A goal from Ollie Murphy in the first half sent the Royals on their way and while Kevin O'Dwyer saved a second-half penalty from Trevor Giles and Joe Kavanagh scored a fine goal for the Rebels, it was Meath's greater hunger which proved the difference in the closing stages.

CORK -- K O'Dwyer; R McCarthy, S O hAilpin, A Lynch; C O'Sullivan, O Sexton, Martin Cronin; N Murphy, Micheal O'Sullivan; Micheal Cronin, J Kavanagh, P O'Mahony; P Clifford, D Davis, Mark O'Sullivan. Subs: F Murray for O'Sullivan; F Collins for M Cronin; M O'Donovan for O'Mahony.

Derry 1-14 Cork 2-8

This could have had a different outcome if Tony Davis wasn't controversially sent off in the first half. Down to 14 men, the Rebels battled manfully, but the concession of a first half goal proved decisive as Seamus Downey capitalised on hesitancy in the Cork defence. A second-half goal from John O'Driscoll revived Cork hopes, but Derry made full use of the extra man with a succession of late points.

Cork --J Kerins; N Cahalane, M O'Connor, B Corcoran; C O'Sullivan, S O'Brien, A Davis; S Fahy, T McCarthy; D Davis, J Kavanagh, B Coffey; C Corkery, J O'Driscoll, M McCarthy. Subs: D Culloty for T McCarthy; J Cleary for M McCarthy; C Counihan for Corkery.

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