Friday 15 December 2017

O'Mahony ignites revival for Rebels

Cork 2-20 Limerick 1-13

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Cork recovered from a slow start to cruise past Limerick and into the semi-finals of the Munster MHC at Pairc Ui Rinn last night.

Coming up to half-time, the hosts trailed by 1-9 to 0-5 but a goal from Tim O'Mahony got them going and a point from captain Shane Kingston meant that they only trailed by three points at the interval.

Five unanswered points on the resumption - three from Kingston with one each from O'Mahony and Ciaran Cormack - put them in front and they were never headed after that as Limerick lost their rhythm.

There had been only team in it in the opening half as Limerick's full-forward line of Barry Murphy, Seamus Flanagan and Peter Casey helped themselves to good scores.

Flanagan's goal on 11 minutes put them 1-4 to 0-1 in front and though Kingston's frees prevented Cork falling further behind, the hosts were clearly second best.

They managed to effect a huge transformation at the outset of the second half, however, with Chris O'Leary and Darragh Fitzgibbon taking over at midfield. Kingston finished with 1-9, the goal giving Cork a cushion, and they pushed on, with John Looney and Michael O'Halloran among the scorers.

Limerick now face Waterford for a place in the semi-finals and, should they emerge victorious from that, a rematch with Cork would await.

Scorers - Cork: S Kingston 1-9 (5f), T O'Mahony 1-3, M O'Halloran, J Looney, D Dalton (1f, 1 '65) 0-2 each, B Dunne, C Cormack 0-1 each. Limerick: S Flanagan 1-5 (4f), B Murphy 0-5, P Casey 0-2, W O'Meara 0-1.

CORK - D Dalton; S Smyth, D Griffin, N O'Leary; M Coleman, E Murphy, D Lowney; C O'Leary, D Fitzgibbon; T O'Mahony, R O'Flynn, S Kingston; B Dunne, C Cormack, M O'Halloran. Subs: D Gunning for O'Flynn (h-t), J Looney for Dunne (43).

LIMERICK - E McNamara; M Bourke, C McSweeney, J O'Grady; C Carroll, P O'Loughlin, C Byrnes; T Hayes, C O'Connor; K Hayes, P Casey, T Grimes; B Murphy, S Flanagan, D Carroll. Subs: C Boylan for C Carroll (35), W O'Meara for Hayes (43), D Hannon for D Carroll (53), P Ahern for Hayes (57), C Magner-Flynn for O'Connor (59).

Ref - R McGann (Clare)

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