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Game at a glance

Man of the match: Patrick Kelly (Cork):He handled a lot of possession most intelligently, especially once Cork began the salvage mission after falling eight points behind. Constantly seeking work, he stood up as one of Cork's leaders as they calmly reined in Dublin.

Turning point

The injury which forced Bernard Brogan off in the 50th minute. Dublin led by six points at that stage but managed just one more point. With Brogan aboard, they would surely have picked off a few more.

Talking point

The lower-than-expected attendance. Dublin's return to the final raised hopes of a huge turnout but at 36,438, it wasn't much above the average of recent years.

Ref watch

Joe McQuillan did a good job overall although, as usual, both sides will have gripes. Cork got no free for a long time in the second half, while Dublin were on the wrong side of a few borderline calls near the end.

What they said

Conor Counihan (Cork manager):

"We couldn't afford to give an eight-point lead on another day. You don't get away with that very often, We have a lot to work on but it was good to see how we stood up as a team and a panel to grind out a good result."

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Pat Gilroy (Dublin manager):

"This team has more character and more guts to put up with sort of stuff that surrounds them every day and they still get back out there and train and work. They're the most honest guys you'll find. They'll get stick for this but we'll deal with that because it's our job."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 12 (5); Dublin 7 (3)

Frees: Cork 20 (12); Dublin 19 (6)

Yellow cards: Cork 4 (C Sheehan 35+1, N O'Leary 48, J O'Sullivan 67, R Carey 69); Dublin 0

Attendance: 36,438

What next?

Cork play Clare in the Munster quarter-final on May 22; Dublin play Laois or Longford in the Leinster quarter-final on June 5.

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