Sport Gaelic Football

Sunday 18 February 2018

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Daniel Goulding (Cork)

A return of seven points was priceless for Cork in such a tightly contested match.

Turning point

Donnacha O'Connor's two scores in the 79th and 81st minute, which gave Cork a vital two-point lead going into the second period of extra-time.

Talking point

When will the GAA bring in the video for these big games? Mickey Ned O'Sullivan was fuming about John Galvin being denied a penalty in the fourth minute.

Ref watch

Padraig Hughes dished out 17 yellow cards and one red, but liaised well with his fellow officials to deal with outbreaks of petty off-the-ball stuff.

They said

Conor Counihan (Cork manager):

"The heart is fine. That's better than any stress test. Disappointed we didn't close it out in normal time."

Mickey Ned O'Sullivan (Limerick manager):

"There's no such thing as 'not getting over the line'. We'd get over the line if we were better than Cork. We weren't better than Cork."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 11 (6); Limerick 11 (4).

Frees: Cork 29 (13); Limerick 33 (15).

Yellow cards: Cork 9 (P Kerrigan 23, A Walsh 35, D Goulding 36, G Canty 45, D O'Connor 58, C Sheehan 63, J O'Sullivan 70, N Murphy 76, A O'Connor 83); Limerick 8 (S Lavin 16/92, M O'Riordan 26, A Lane 36, P Browne 41, E Joy 45, C Fitzgerald 70, S Gallagher 88)

Red cards: Cork 0; Limerick 1 (S Lavin, second yellow, 92).

Attendance: 10,046.

What next?

Cork will face in Roscommon in the quarter-finals; Limerick are out.

Irish Independent

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