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Kerrigan shines for Cork

Cork 2-17 Cork IT 0-7

Cork breezed into the final, where they will meet Tipperary, with a 16-point victory over CIT at Pairc Ui Rinn yesterday.

From the off, it was one-way traffic, as Fintan Goold's point inside 17 seconds set the tone for Cork and Paul Kerrigan -- who would finish with 1-6 -- added three more by the 11th minute. Kerrigan then added a goal, rounding off an excellent team move involving Micheal

O Laoire, Kevin O'Sullivan and Patrick Kelly. Cork had added four more points before CIT opened their account through Jerry O'Connor in the 27th minute, as winners' intensity was proving far too much.

By half-time, the score was 1-11 to 0-1, Colm O'Neill getting the final score of the half as he gathered an excellent Graham Canty pass before firing over.

Although CIT scored three of the first four points of the second half, a quick blast of 1-1 from Cork wing-back Paudie Kissane stretched the lead to 2-13 to 0-4. From there it was a procession, despite Cork having to play the last 17 minutes with 14 men after Colm O'Neill went off with a hamstring injury.

Scorers -- Cork: P Kerrigan 1-6 (0-3f, 0-1 45), P Kissane 1-1, C O'Neill 0-2, P O'Neill, M O Laoire, L Shorten, F Goold, K O'Sullivan, N O'Leary, F Lynch, N Murphy 0-1 each. Cork IT: R O'Sullivan, H Curran 0-2 each, J O'Connor, C Fleming, D Og Hodnett (1f) 0-1 each.

CORK -- D Lordan; E Cotter, R Carey, K Harrington; S Kiely, G Canty, P Kissane; P O'Neill, M O Laoire; P Kelly, P Kerrigan, L Shorten; F Goold, C O'Neill, K O'Sullivan. Subs: F Lynch for Kelly (33), M Shields for Kiely, N O'Leary for Canty, A O'Connor for P O'Neill (all h-t), N Murphy for O'Sullivan (46).

CORK IT -- B Kelly; N Galvin, M Griffin, D O'Sullivan; J Walsh, S O'Donoghue, B Maguire; R O'Sullivan, B O'Sullivan; W O'Mahony, B O'Regan, D Leahy; J O'Connor, D Og Hodnett, H Curran. Subs: C Fleming for O'Mahony (h-t), P Kilkenny for R O'Sullivan (44), J Dineen for Leahy (48), J Dennis for Griffin (50), J Cronin for O'Connor (52).

REF -- D O'Mahony (Tipperary).

Irish Independent