Munster championship blown wide open as Cork take down All-Ireland champions Limerick with second half surge
Limerick 1-19 Cork 1-26
Patrick Horgan led the way with a scintillating 1-9 tally as Cork stunned All-Ireland champions Limerick and got their Munster SHC campaign back on track with a comprehensive victory in the LIT Gaelic Grounds.
John Meyler's Rebels blew the Treaty away in the second half to right the wrongs of last week's disappointing defeat to Tipperary and avenge last year's epic All-Ireland semi-final loss to John Kiely's side.
Horgan's 52nd minute goal helped Cork open up a decent advantage and it was one they wouldn't relinquish with an outstanding team performance typified by veteran full-back Eoin Cadogan.
There has been little to separate this pair in recent times and they started out in similar style as they shared the first eight points, 0-4 apiece, although Cork were dealt a huge blow with Conor Lehane forced off after six minutes.
His direct replacement Alan Cadogan looked sharp, however, and helped to keep Cork ticking over along with Patrick Horgan, who levelled affairs for the sixth time in the 24th minute with a super point, 0-8 each.
Graeme Mulcahy's eye was in at the other end though and the Kilmallock attacker rifled an unstoppable shot past Anthony Nash from the tightest of angles in the 27th minute to give the Treaty some daylight.
Seamus Harnedy was expertly denied a goal by Nickie Quaid with the resultant puck-out but the Cork skipper helped the rebels gain a foothold with two classy scores as they trailed by two at the break, 1-11 to 0-12.
Cork took over after the break with Horgan, Harnedy and Daniel Kearney firing over scores from all angles as they turned the Munster championship on its head.
SCORERS – Cork: P Horgan 1-9 (6fs), D Kearney and S Harnedy 0-4 each, A Cadogan 0-3, L Meade and D Dalton 0-2 each, D Fitzgibbon and C Lehane 0-1 each.
Limerick: A Gillane 0-9 (8fs), G Mulcahy 1-4, D Byrnes (2fs) and S Dowling (2fs) 0-2 each, K Hayes and T Morrissey 0-1 each.
LIMERICK – N Quaid; S Finn, M Casey, R English; D Byrnes, D Hannon, D Morrissey; C Lynch, D O'Donovan, G Hegarty, K Hayes, T Morrissey; P Casey, A Gillane, G Mulcahy.
Subs: S Flanagan for P Casey (55), S Dowling for Hegarty (57) and W O'Donoghue for O'Donovan (both 57), D Dempsey for Gillane (66)
CORK – A Nash; S O'Donoghue, E Cadogan, N O'Leary; R Downey, M Ellis, M Coleman; B Cooper, D Fitzgibbon; D Kearney, S Harnedy, L Meade; C Lehane, P Horgan, A Walsh.
Subs: A Cadogan for Lehane inj (6), S McDonnell for O'Donoghue (half-time), C Joyce for Downey inj (53), S Kingston for Meade (61), D Dalton for Walsh (68).
REF – P O'Dwyer (Carlow)