Hurley strikes down Limerick hopes
CORK'S quest for three titles in a row remains on track as they cantered past Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds in the other Munster U-21 semi-final, thanks to a 1-5 tally from Brian Hurley.
Limerick briefly threatened the Rebels with a spirited rally in the final 10 minutes, but by the time Hurley hit the net a minute from the end, any slim chance of a Treaty revival had long dissipated.
The winning margin should have been far greater, but the defending champions found Limerick 'keeper James Brudair in fine form.
But in between two terrific saves, Brudair had to pick the ball out of his net as John O'Rourke crept in at the back post to punch Dan McEoin's looping point attempt in to give Cork a 1-4 to 0-2 advantage on 12 minutes.
Two frees from full-forward Francis O'Riordan and a good Peter Nash point from an acute angle pulled Limerick to within two points, but Cork restored their cushion when Alan Cadogan and O'Rourke made it 1-6 to 0-6 at the break.
Brudair continued to foil Cork after the restart with four one-on-one stops, but the Rebels were not to be denied as three points from substitute Cathal Vaughan and Hurley's goal set up a decider in two weeks' time against Tipperary.
SCORERS – Cork: B Hurley 1-5 (0-3fs), J O'Rourke 1-2, C Vaughan 0-3, D McEoin 0-2 (1f), L Connolly, A Cadogan 0-1 each. Limerick: F O'Riordan 0-7 (7fs), D Frewen 0-2, D Neville, P Nash 0-1 each.
CORK – D Hanrahan; B O'Driscoll, C Dorman, A Cronin; TJ Brosnan, D Cahalane, J Wall; T Clancy, I Maguire; A Cadogan, M Sugrue, J O'Rourke; D MacEoin, B Hurley, L Connolly. Subs: C Vaughan for Sugrue (h-t), J Burns for Clancy (52), S Kiely for Cadogan (56), K Crowley for Cronin (59), K Hallissey for McEoin (61).
LIMERICK – J Brudair; S Cahill, J O'Meara, B McCarthy; P White, I Corbett, S Barrett; D Treacy, P O'Donnell; S Sheahan, M Brosnan, D Frewen; D Neville, F O'Riordan, P Nash. Subs: J Lee for Cahill (44), K O'Donoghue for Barrett (48), B Creamer for O'Donnell (50), K Larkin for Nash (56), D O'Dea for Brosnan (59).
REF – K O'Brien (Tipperary).