Tuesday 24 April 2018

Cuthbert off to perfect start as Cork cruise


Brian Cuthbert
Brian Cuthbert

It was plain sailing for Cork and new manager Brian Cuthbert as they cruised past LIT in the McGrath Cup quarter-final in Mallow.

Despite a close-season that saw a host of big-name retirements, Cuthbert's new charges didn't disappoint him as they cut a resilient yet totally outclassed college outfit down to size with a dominant display.

Cork raced into a 1-6 to 0-0 lead by the quarter-hour and continued the onslaught till the break -- going into at half-time leading 1-15 to no score.

Stand-out performers for the Rebels were corner-back Noel Galvin, full-forward Donncha O'Connor and corner-forward John Hayes -- with the latter pairing racking up 1-8 between them.

Others out to impress were the midfield pairing of Aidan Walsh and Fintan Goold as well as one of last year's stars, wing-back James Loughrey. Kevin Crowley and Andrew O'Sullivan also chipped in with a goal apiece.

The stand-out display for LIT came from wing-back Paddy Dalton.

Cuthbert chose to empty his bench in the second half, which eventually left Cork a man short when Micheal O'Leary became the first Corkman to receive a black card. LIT lost Cian Prenderville moments later after he too fell foul of the new rules.

Cork face a firmer test next weekend when they take on UL.

Scorers -- Cork: J Hayes 1-4, A O'Sullivan 1-1, D Goulding (2fs), D O'Connor 0-4 each, M Sugrue 0-3, K Crowley 1-0, K O'Driscoll 0-2, C O'Driscoll, S Murphy, A Walsh, F Goold 0-1 each. LIT: T McMahon, C Talty, S Sherry, P Dalton, D Cleary, S Hayes, E O'Neill 0-1 each.

CORK -- R Price; S McLoughlin, E Cadogan, N Galvin;

J Loughrey, A Sheehan, K O'Driscoll; A Walsh, F Goold;

C O'Driscoll, M Sugrue, A O'Sullivan; D Goulding, D O'Connor, J Hayes. Subs: K O'Halloran for R Price (h-t), S Murphy for J Loughrey (h-t), M O'Leary for A Walsh (h-t), C Lyons for A Sheehan (45), K Crowley for F Goold (50), K O'Connor for D O'Connor (57).

LIT -- S Brouder; C Prenderville, J Collins, J McDonnell; D Masterson, A Butler, P Dalton; S Sherry, C Talty; D Cleary, S Hayes, E O'Neill; P O'Sullivan, K O'Driscoll, A Downes. Subs: T McMahon for S Sherry (h-t), S Ryan for A Downes (45), K McDonogh for P O'Sullivan (45), C Breathnach for K O'Driscoll (55).

REF -- P O'Sullivan (Kerry)

Irish Independent

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