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Curran and Hodnett blitz Tralee in Cork IT stroll

Cork IT 2-16 IT Tralee 2-5

A COMBINED tally of 1-11 from potent attacking duo Donal Og Hodnett and Hugh Curran helped Cork IT into the semi-finals as they enjoyed a relatively easy home win yesterday.

Leading for all bar the brief period after Gary O'Driscoll's 10th-minute goal put Tralee 1-1 to 0-2 ahead, the hosts had far more of a cutting edge.

Thanks to four fine points from Curran and three Hodnett frees, CIT led by 0-9 to 1-4 at half-time.

Brian McGuire and Peter Daly excelled, though the lead would have been more but for some poor shooting.

Any such issues were sorted early in the second half, though, as Hodnett and Kevin Hallissey pointed before the latter set up the former for an easy goal to open up a seven-point lead and put the outcome more or less beyond doubt despite more than 20 minutes remaining.

Twenty minutes had elapsed before O'Hare opened Tralee's second-half account, and while the full-forward scored a second goal for them, Jerry O'Connor cancelled that out near the end.

CIT eventually ran out 11-point winners and now face Cork next week in the last four.

SCORERS -- Cork IT: D Óg Hodnett 1-6 (0-3f), H Curran 0-5, J O'Connor 1-0, S O'Donoghue, B McGuire, P Daly, K Hallissey, R O'Sullivan 0-1 each; IT Tralee: B O'Hare 1-2 (1f), G O'Driscoll 1-0, B Poff, D Kelly, A O'Donoghue 0-1 each.

CORK IT -- B Kelly; N Galvin, M Griffin, D O'Sullivan; J Walsh, S O'Donoghue, B McGuire; P Daly, R O'Sullivan; J O'Connor, B O'Regan, D Leahy; K Hallissey, D Óg Hodnett, H Curran. Subs: W O'Mahony for Leahy (57), J Dennis for R O'Sullivan (59), J Dineen for Hallissey (66), D Daly for O'Connor (68), J Cronin for D O'Sullivan (70).

IT TRALEE -- P O'Sullivan; E Murray, S Brosnan, D Larkin; K Conway, J Scully, AJ O'Connor; R Deane, G O'Driscoll; S Carroll, B O'Grady, M Brennan; A O'Donoghue, B O'Hare, B Poff. Subs: D Kelly for Poff (26), E Flaherty for Conway (48), C O'Sullivan for Carroll (59), A Hegarty for O'Driscoll (61), Poff for O'Donoghue (65).

REF -- R Moloney (Limerick).

Irish Independent