Sunday 25 August 2019

Skipper Corbett leads the way as minors continue Rebel rising

Cork 4-12 Mayo 1-13

Conor Corbett of Cork fends off Mayo’s Owen McHale. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Conor Corbett of Cork fends off Mayo’s Owen McHale. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Just one game away from capturing both underage All-Ireland titles, Cork football's bold recovery plan has delivered at all levels.

A week after their U-20 triumph, the county's minors charged into the final with a devastating second half that blew Mayo's challenge away at Croke Park.

Mark Tighe of Mayo in action against Daniel Peet of Cork. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Mark Tighe of Mayo in action against Daniel Peet of Cork. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Skipper Conor Corbett led the way with 2-3, all from play, while Patrick Campbell also tormented the westerners' defence, hitting 1-2 prior to going off injured.

Paddy Heneghan and Ethan Henry kept the Connacht lads in it with a string of points, but Michael O'Neill, Hugh Murphy and Corbett swept over scores to give the Munster runners-up a 1-7 to 0-7 interval lead.

Mayo crafted goal chances early in the second half, but Paul Walsh fired his shot wide, and a Frank Irwin effort was blocked away for a '45, but points from Owen McHale, Shaun Dempsey and Heneghan kept them very much in touch.

Just two points separated the sides when defender Daniel Linehan smashed home a spectacular goal at the end of the third quarter, and the young Rebels were on their way.

Mark Tighe of Mayo in action against Daniel Peet of Cork. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Mark Tighe of Mayo in action against Daniel Peet of Cork. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Six minutes later, Keelan Scannell carved the opening for Corbett to finish low to the net for his first.

Sub Niall Feeney rifled home a stoppage-time goal but it was too late to make a difference for Mayo, and there was still time for Corbett to complete the rout with his side's fourth, slotted home on the rebound after goalkeeper Luke Jennings had kept out his initial effort.

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scorers - Cork: C Corbett 2-3; P Campbell 1-2; D Linehan 1-0; M O'Neill (1f), H Murphy, R O'Donovan 0-2 each; J Cahalane 0-1. Mayo: P Heneghan 0-4; N Feeney 1-0; E Henry 0-3 (3f); F Irwin 0-2; S Dempsey, J Grady (f), C Mylett (f), O McHale 0-1 each.

Cork - C O'Leary; A Walsh Murphy, D Linehan, D Peet; D Cashman, N Lordan, J O'Shea; J Lawton, K Scannell; H Murphy, C Corbett, E Nash; M O'Neill, P Campbell, J Cahalane. Subs: S Andrews for O'Shea (40), R O'Donovan for O'Neill (40), K O'Driscoll for Campbell (49), L Murphy for Walsh Murphy (55), S Aherne for H Murphy (58), A O'Hare for Cahalane (60).

Mayo - L Jennings; A Morrison, R Keane, O Tunney: S Dempsey, O McHale, E Gilraine; M Tighe, E Henry; A Cosgrave, C Mylett, D Thornton; P Walsh, P Heneghan, F Irwin. Subs: R Morrin for Mykett (35), J Grady for Dempsey (44), R Walsh for Cosgrave (51), R Hughes for Tunney (56), N Feeney for Walsh (62).

Ref - N Cullen (Fermanagh)

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