Monday 16 September 2019

Win shows 'Cork football will never go away' says Ricken

 

Captain Peter O’Driscoll lifts the cup. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Captain Peter O’Driscoll lifts the cup. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Rónán Mac Lochlainn

Cork recovered from a disastrous opening 12 minutes to eventually ease home by eight points and deservedly claim the title at O'Moore Park on Saturday.

In doing so they maintained the feel-good factor permeating the county at present and manager Keith Ricken was fully aware of the impact the victory could have.

Donal Ryan of Dublin in action against Brian Hartnett of Cork. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Donal Ryan of Dublin in action against Brian Hartnett of Cork. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

"There hasn't been an All-Ireland title for a while. Cork people by their nature are probably impatient, myself included," said Ricken.

"There are a lot of good football people in Cork. They'll take confidence out of this. The next generation of coaches are fantastic, I do see them working with the U-15s and U-16s at CIT. They are fantastic people and they'll do their bit when they take over.

"Cork football will never go away. It might take a dip the odd time, but the big thing is that when the wheel does turn, you are ready for it, and that is what we are trying to do. When the wheel does turn for us again, we are going to be ready for it."

They were full value for their win on an afternoon when they showcased their attacking talents to leave Dublin chasing shadows by the final whistle.

Jack Murphy of Cork in action against Karl Lynch Bissett of Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Jack Murphy of Cork in action against Karl Lynch Bissett of Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The Rebels were left trailing by nine points after Ciarán Archer availed of a defensive mishap to slot home, and there appeared to be little hope for Cork as they struggled to contain the free-flowing Dublin attack.

By that point four of Dublin's forward line had scored from play, with efforts from James Doran and Brian O'Leary augmented by a brace apiece by Ross McGarry and Archer.

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However, an instinctive finish from Blake Murphy helped restore Cork's belief and a second goal at the end of the first quarter from the lively Mark Cronin helped trim the deficit further.

With Dublin's defence all at sea, Cork managed to restore parity by the 17th minute as Colm O'Callaghan poked home to leave their large and vocal support in raptures.

Dublin managed to stem the flow briefly through a point from Ryan in the 19th minute, but their supremacy around centre field began to wane as their opponents carefully played out from the back to set up a series of raids from deep.

The Dubs kept their noses in front following points by O'Leary and Archer, but crucially Cork finished the half in the ascendancy and after Damien Gore had restored parity in the 27th minute, successive scores from Cathal O'Mahony and a goal chanced blazed over by Daniel O'Connell edged them 3-6 to 1-10 ahead by the turnaround.

Dublin resumed in an impressive manner as they controlled possession for the opening five minutes, with points by Archer and O'Leary leaving the contest delicately poised by the 36th minute.

However, some errant shooting undermined their challenge as a far more economical Cork outfit began to put daylight between the sides.

An Archer point at the end of the third quarter briefly raised Dublin spirits, but a raggedness began to creep into their play as Gore struck a trio of glorious points to reaffirm his team's authority.

Soon afterwards Dublin were reduced to 14 men as Karl Lynch Bissett received a second booking and from that point there was little that they could do to salvage their fate.

Scorers - Cork: M Cronin 1-3 (1f), B Murphy 1-2, C O'Mahony (2f), D Gore 0-4 each, C O'Callaghan 1-0, D O'Connell, J Murphy, F Herlihy 0-1 each. Dublin: C Archer 1-5 (3f), B O'Leary 0-3, R McGarry (1f), J Doran 0-2 each, D Ryan, D Lacey 0-1 each.

Cork - J O'Keeffe; M Mahoney; M Shanley, P Ring; G O'Donovan, S Meehan, P O'Driscoll; B Hartnett, D O'Connell; C Barrett, B Murphy, C O'Callaghan; M Cronin, C O'Mahony; D Gore. Subs: J Murphy for Barrett (38), M Hodnett for O'Callaghan (40), F Herlihy for Murphy (50), J McCarthy for O'Donovan (56), E O'Hanlon for Gore (62), S Hickey for Ring (63).

Dublin - D O'Hanlon; D Maher, D Newcombe, E O'Dea; K Kennedy, N Matthews, S Lambe; P Ó Cofaigh Byrne, D Ryan; N O'Leary, J Doran, K Lynch Bissett; B O'Leary, C Archer, R McGarry. Subs: D Lacey for N O'Leary (38), H Ladd for Ó Cofaigh Byrne (41, BC), A Lynch for Maher (53).

REF - D O'Mahoney (Tipperary)

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