Saturday 25 January 2020

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Graham Canty (Cork)

A powerful presence, he performed his defensive duties diligently while also surging forward at every opportunity.

Turning point

As Mayo wing-back Lee Keegan bore down on the Cork goal in the 56th minute, he appeared to have been pushed. The ref allowed play to continue and Aidan Walsh broke upfield for a second goal, putting Cork five points clear.

Talking point

Should Keegan have been awarded a free in the 56th minute which would have brought Mayo to within a point of Cork? Instead, they were five points down less than a minute later.

Ref watch

Maurice Deegan gave Cork the benefit of the doubt on the Keegan call. However, Mayo got the benefit of the doubt later when Donal Vaughan, who was already on a yellow card, avoided a second booking (and a red card) after a clash with Canty.

What they said

Conor Counihan (Cork manager):

"It's nice to win the league but the championship is a whole new ball game. Now we have to focus everything on June 10 ."

James Horan (Mayo manager):

"Cork deserved to win. We didn't play at the level we can. But we've learned a lot from the league ."


Wides: Cork 12 (6 in first half); Mayo 4 (2)

Frees: Cork 19 (9); Mayo 25 (14)

Yellow cards: Cork 4 (P O'Neill 35+2, P Kissane 44, A O'Connor 49, M Shields 64); Mayo 3 (D Vaughan 19, P Harte 56, K McLoughlin 65).

Red cards: 0

Attendance: 22,827

What next?

Cork play Kerry or Tipperary in the Munster semi-final on June 10; Mayo play Leitrim or London in the Connacht semi-final on June 24.

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