O'Mahony powers Cork into decider
Cork 3-26 Wexford 0-13
Cork hurling received a nice pick-me-up after their seniors were sent packing from the All-Ireland series last weekend when their under 21s produced a top performance to crush Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final yesterday.
Brilliant full-forward Tim O'Mahony was the star man as the Leesiders booked a place in the August 25/26 final against Galway or Tipperary, who play their semi-final on Wednesday.
O'Mahony scored 2-2, but it was his creation of the third and decisive goal in the 39th minute that really showed his special talent. He lofted the ball off the ground with his hurley over the head of a defender to send Liam Healy racing through for the clinching score.
With the gap upped to 3-17 to 0-10 after Cork out-scored the opposition by 1-3 to 0-1 following the break, it was all over.
After the teams traded early points Wexford hit the front when Aaron Maddock got a run at goal and blasted over a point. Within four minutes they were hit for two goals though, both by the powerful O'Mahony.
The Newtownshandrum man plundered the first when two defenders crashed into each other and he got a clear run at goal. He finished at the second attempt after goalie Jack Cushe saved his first effort.
On eight minutes O'Mahony finished a great flowing move involving Shane Kingston, Declan Dalton and Darragh Fitzgibbon before crashing the ball home from close range.
Cork were 2-2 to 0-2 clear, and they were moving well. By half-time they were 2-14 to 0-9 ahead, with five of their attackers sharing in the scoring, led by free-taker Dalton, who had seven points on deposit.
The one downer for Cork was that Dalton was taken off on a stretcher with a leg injury, but management were hopeful things might not be as bad as first feared.
Scorers - Cork: T O'Mahony 2-2; D Dalton 0-8 (6f); L Healy 1-1; J O'Connor, S Kingston, C Cahalane 0-4 each; A Myers 0-2 (2f); J Cashman 0-1. Wexford: S Casey 0-6 (3f); A Maddock, R White, D Reck 0-2 each; C Hearne 0-1.
Cork: G Collins; D Lowney, G Mellerick, N O'Leary; E Murphy, M Coleman, B Hennessy; J Cashman, D Fitzgibbon; R O'Flynn, D Dalton, S Kingston; L Healy, T O'Mahony, J O'Connor. Subs: C Cahalane for G Mellerick (35); A Myers for D Dalton (inj, 52); C O'Leary for S Kingston (58); C O'Callaghan for M Coleman (59).
Wexford: J Cushe; S Reck, D Byrne, E Molloy; C Firman, I Carthy, R White; A Maddock, G Molloy; O Foley, D Reck, L Stafford; M Dwyer, R Higgins, S Casey. Subs: S O'Gorman for S Reck (24); D Codd for L Stafford (h-t); C Hearne for O Foley (h-t); E Kelly for R Higgins (40); J Donohoe for D Byrne (45).
Referee: A Kelly (Galway).
Sunday Indo Sport