Saturday 24 August 2019

Cork hit landmark 1-40 as they trounce Westmeath in Cusack Park

Cork 1-40 Westmeath 0-20

Seamus Harnedy of Cork in action against John Gilligan of Westmeath
Seamus Harnedy of Cork in action against John Gilligan of Westmeath
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cork hit a landmark for championship hurling when they hit breached the 40-point mark in this All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final in TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar.

It was a stroll in the sun for the Rebels who were never under any pressure in a match they were always destined to win.

Westmeath will be satisfied with their own tally, 0-20, but the exchanges were tame and the home side were never able to match the touch of the physicality of their opponents.

It was always going to be a tough challenge to come out and face Cork seven days after losing a McDonagh Cup final.

If there was a drawback for Cork it was that they created few goal chances, substitute Robbie O'Flynn finding the net in the 41st minute after a lay off from Patrick Horgan.

Horgan hit 10 points, five from play, but was closed down well at times by Tommy Doyle.

Killian Doyle drove over a 95 metre free in the early stages, one of nine points he scored for Westmeath and Eoin Price, operating as one of two sweepers for much of the first half landed three fine points from distance but the flow of play was all against them as Cork, giving their opponents the respect of their strongest possible team, quickly asserted their dominance.

Alan Cadogan continued his fine season with five first-half points before being replaced, Shane Kingston found his range after a couple of early wides while Darragh Fitzgibbon profited from his move close to goal with three points. O'Flynn showed up well with 1-4 on his introduction.

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Westmeath, who shot 16 wides throughout, had Gary Greville sent off late on for a second yellow card.

Scorers - Cork: P Horgan 0-10 (5fs), R O'Flynn 1-4, A Cadogan, S Harnedy, S Kingston all 0-5 each, C Lehane 0-4, D Fitzgibbon 0-3, B Cooper, T O'Mahony, J Coughlan, D Dalton all 0-1 each.

Westmeath: K Doyle 0-9 (6fs) E Price 0-4, A Clarke 0-2, P Greville, R Greville, J Galvin, C Doyle, S Clavin all 0-1 each.

Cork: A Nash; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, N O'Leary; C Joyce, M Ellis, M Coleman; B Cooper, T O'Mahony; C Lehane, D Fitzgibbon, S Kingston; A Cadogan, P Horgan, S Harnedy.  Subs: Robbie O'Flynn for Coleman (h-t), J Coughlan for A Cadogan (h-t), D Cahalane for E Cadogan, D Dalton for Harnedy (45)

Westmeath: C Lynch; G Greville, T Doyle, D Egerton; L Varley, P Greville, S Clavin; C Boyle, J Gilligan; E Price, K Doyle, A Clarke; R Greville, J Galvin, J Boyle. Subs: D O'Reilly for Clavin inj, D McNicholas for Boyle (45), C Doyle for C Boyle C Shaw for Clarke inj (52), A Craig for Varley (69)

Referee: P Murphy (Carlow)

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