Friday 23 March 2018

Hurley sets Cork on road to victory

Cork 6-15 Limerick 1-7

Shane Kingston, Cork
Shane Kingston, Cork

Cork were far too strong for Limerick at Pairc Ui Rinn last night as they cruised to a 23-point victory.

This was a non-event from the very start, with a goal and a point from Michael Hurley putting Cork into a commanding position inside two minutes and from there they set about ensuring that Limerick had no way into the game.

Limerick did not open their account until the 22nd minute through Mikey Morrissey by which stage they had conceded 3-10.

Shane Kingston was the source of five of those points and two goals in quick succession, from Damien Buckley and Hurley, had put the outcome beyond doubt even at such an early stage.

Sean O'Donoghue added a fourth goal shortly before half-time and Cork led 4-11 to 0-2 at the break.

Limerick deserve credit for not giving up and late on their brightest star, Morrissey, scored a consolation goal.

Scorers – Cork: M Hurley 2-4 (1f), D Buckley 2-2 (2fs), S Kingston 0-5, S O'Donoghue 1-1, C Moynihan 1-0, B Coakley, M Ó Duinnín, S Ronayne 0-1 each. Limerick: M Morrissey 1-2, R Hayes 0-2fs, T Childs, G McCarthy, B Hurley 0-1 each.

CORK – C O'Driscoll; C O'Donovan, S Powter, K Flahive; T Bushe, D Meaney, C Kiely; S O'Leary, B Coakley; S O'Donoghue, M Ó Duinnín, S Ronayne; D Buckley, M Hurley, S Kingston. Subs: D O'Neill for Kiely, C Moynihan for O'Donoghue (both h-t), M Collins for Meaney (42), M Cottrell for Hurley (46), J Mullins for Bushe (51), A Kidney for O'Driscoll (53).

LIMERICK – A Brudair; L O'Connell, S Murphy, S Brosnan; F O'Grady, C Flanagan, S Ivess; T Childs, M Reidy; M Morrissey, R Hayes, K Daly; C Burke, K Ryan, S Stack. Subs: D Noonan for O'Connell (27), B Stack for Murphy, D Hanley for Ivess (both h-t), G McCarthy for Burke (39), D Macken for O'Grady (51), B Hurley for Daly (57).

REF – S Mulvihill (Kerry)

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