Sport Gaelic Football

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Goulding torments UL to set up Rebel showdown with Kerry

Cork 6-16 UL 0-7

Cork's corner-forward Daniel Goulding
Cork's corner-forward Daniel Goulding

Cork booked their place in next Sunday's decider after their second emphatic win in seven days over a Limerick college in Mallow.

This time it was University of Limerick unfortunate enough to come up against a Cork side hell-bent on getting their season off to the best possible start.

Aided by the return of some more familiar faces, most notably Nemo Rangers' forward Paul Kerrigan, Cork put it up to the students right from the off in conditions that were far from ideal for football. For the second week in a row, wing-back James Loughrey and the midfield pairing of Michael O'Leary and Andrew O'Sullivan stood out for the victors as they coped best with the difficult underfoot conditions.

Corner-forward Daniel Goulding also showed his worth, tormenting the college lads with some wonderful scores in his personal tally of 2-5.

Fresh from his impressive 1-10 against UCC the previous weekend, UL's James O'Donoghue was again the standout player for the college, but the Kerry native was unable to have the same effect against a Rebels side that double-teamed him for the majority of the game.

Cork started as they'd finished against LIT, racing into a 2-5 to 0-0 lead by the quarter-hour mark.

Goals from O'Leary and Colm O'Driscoll set them on their way, with Kerrigan adding to the students' woes on the stroke of the break with another goal that ended this game as a meaningful contest, with Cork 3-8 to 0-5 ahead.

Despite the lack of a challenge in the second period, Cork kept going and added the same tally again with a brace of goals from Daniel Goulding which were separated by a net-buster from substitute Barry O'Driscoll.

Goulding added the game's best score late on as he landed a wonderful point on the turn which put a nice cherry on top of a clinical Rebels display.

Next Sunday will pose an all-too-familiar challenge for Cork as they face up to their first real test of the season after Kerry booked their place in the final.

Scorers -- Cork: D Goulding 2-5 (3fs), P Kerrigan 1-2, M O'Leary 1-1, C O'Driscoll, B O'Driscoll 1-0, F Goold, D O'Connor (1f), A O'Sullivan 0-2 each, M Collins, K O'Driscoll 0-1 each. UL: J O'Donoghue 0-4 (3fs), B O'Shea, P White, J O'Rourke 0-1 each.

Cork -- K O'Halloran; J McLoughlin, T Clancy, N Galvin; J Loughrey, F Goold, K O'Driscoll; M O'Leary, A O'Sullivan; P Kerrigan, M Sugrue, C O'Driscoll; D Goulding, D O'Connor, J Hayes. Subs: M Collins for D O'Connor (43), B O'Driscoll for J Hayes (43), K Crowley for J McLoughlin (48), C Lyons for M Sugrue (55), S Murphy for C O'Driscoll (61), K O'Connor for P Kerrigan (66).

UL -- R Byrne; E Kiely, M Tierney, C Lowry; D Dolan, T Clancy, L Mulligan; P McHugh, E Hogan; P White, D Daly, J Spillane; B O'Shea, J O'Donoghue, J O'Rourke. Subs: J O'Meara for L Mulligan (5, BC), M Galvin for J O'Rourke (15), C O'Brien for C Lowry (45), TJ Ryan for B O'Shea (55), A Barry for J Spillane (60), B Sheehan for D Dolan (65).

REF -- R Hickey (Clare).

Irish Independent

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