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Hurley leads the way on easy afternoon for Cork

Cork 3-15 Limerick 0-7

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Red line: Cork players defend a free-kick during the McGrath Cup semi-final against Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Red line: Cork players defend a free-kick during the McGrath Cup semi-final against Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Red line: Cork players defend a free-kick during the McGrath Cup semi-final against Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Holders Cork enjoyed a straightforward semi-final win over Limerick in Rathkeale yesterday.

A three-point half-time lead was trebled within the opening minutes of the second-half as Paul Walsh and captain Ian Maguire both got in for Cork goals.

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Matthew Taylor of Cork in action against Brian Fanning of Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Matthew Taylor of Cork in action against Brian Fanning of Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Ronan McCarthy's side were able to add eight more points before Limerick's Seán McSweeney got their only second-half score in injury-time.

After an even opening Cork pushed on, as Brian Hurley profited from Seán White's pass to fire home from close range and then added a point to make it 1-3 to 0-1.

However, McSweeney's free-taking and points from Tommy Griffin and Kieran Daly kept Limerick in touch and it was 1-6 to 0-6 at the break.

In the opening minute of the second-half, though, that advantage was doubled.

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Ruairi Deane of Cork shoots at goal. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ruairi Deane of Cork shoots at goal. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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After Tomás Clancy forced a turnover, wing-back Walsh drove on and exchanged passes with Ruairí Deane to palm home.

Soon after that it was 3-6 to 0-6, as Brian Hurley's handpass took out three Limerick defenders and set Maguire away. While goalkeeper Donal O'Sullivan got a hand to his shot, he couldn't keep it out.

Daly might have had a reply for Limerick, but Conor Dennehy defended well to deny him and Deane.

Damien Gore and subs James Fitzpatrick and Tadhg Corkery all registered points as Cork eased clear.

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Ian Maguire of Cork in action against Darragh Treacy of Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ian Maguire of Cork in action against Darragh Treacy of Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Limerick might have had a late goal, but Mark White pushed Michael Donovan's shot on to the crossbar. McSweeney did end their drought, but Cork sub Eoghan McSweeney had the final say as they cruised to victory.

Scorers - Cork: B Hurley 1-3 (1f), I Maguire 1-2, P Walsh 1-1, R Deane, D Gore 0-2 each, T Corkery, K Crowley, J Fitzpatrick, E McSweeney, J Loughrey 0-1 each. Limerick: S McSweeney 0-5 (5f), T Griffin, K Daly 0-1 each.

Cork - M White; C Dennehy, J Loughrey, K O'Donovan; K Crowley, K Flahive, P Walsh; I Maguire, K O'Hanlon; T Clancy, S White, M Taylor; D Gore, R Deane, B Hurley. Subs: T Corkery for Crowley (20, injured), E McSweeney for S White (half-time, injured), A Browne for Loughrey (45), J Fitzpatrick for O'Hanlon (53), P Murphy for Flahive (54).

Limerick - D O'Sullivan; M Donovan, S O'Dea, P Maher; B Fanning, T McCarthy, G Brown; D Treacy, T Griffin; J Liston, S McSweeney, M Fitzgibbon; P Nash, A Kearns, K Daly. Subs: D Lyons for Daly (44), C McSweeney for Pallasgreen (44), S Keeley for Fitzgibbon (50), J Lee for Liston (61), L Murphy for Maher (61).

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Ruairi Deane of Cork is tackled by Paul Maher left, and Gordon Brown of Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ruairi Deane of Cork is tackled by Paul Maher left, and Gordon Brown of Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Ref - D O'Mahoney (Tipperary).

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