Friday 20 July 2018

Turnbull has Cork on point to earn Rebels a final berth

Cork 0-23 Dublin 2-13

Luke McDwyer of Dublin in action against Eoin Roche of Cork during the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Cork at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Luke McDwyer of Dublin in action against Eoin Roche of Cork during the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Cork at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile

Denis Hurley

Corner-forward Brian Turnbull scored 13 points as Cork reached a first Electric Ireland All-Ireland MHC final since 2006 by beating Dublin at Croke Park yesterday.

The Rebels played the final quarter of the game with 14 men and came under late pressure from Dublin, but it wasn't until the third minute of injury time after the Metropolitans bagged a second goal, through Mark Grogan, by which time the outcome was already decided.

Brian Turnbull of Cork in action against Lee Gannon of Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Brian Turnbull of Cork in action against Lee Gannon of Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile

While Cork were without Evan Sheehan, two-goal hero in the Munster final, Turnbull picked up the mantle and was a constant thorn in Dublin's side. Though 11 of his points were frees, many were won himself, while midfield duo Daire Connery and Brian Roche also processed a lot of ball.

Dublin's attacking star turn was full-forward Seán Currie, whose two early points put them 0-2 to 0-1 in front, but Cork responded with six scores in a row to assume a lead they would not relinquish.

Diarmuid Linehan and Ger Millerick joined Turnbull in extending that advantage to 0-11 to 0-4 as half-time approached but just before the break Eoghan O'Neill struck with a kicked effort to keep Dublin in touch.

Connery's third started the second half on a good note for Cork and though Dublin won a penalty goalkeeper Conor O'Donoghue put his effort wide.

Sean O'Leary Hayes of Cork in action against Seán Currie of Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Sean O'Leary Hayes of Cork in action against Seán Currie of Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile

Response

Turnbull (three) and Connery extended the lead as Grogan got Dublin's only score in response. Liam Murphy's free brought Dublin to within seven, 0-17 to 1-7, and then Cork suffered a blow as full-forward Robert Downey was sent off on a second booking.

Frees from Currie brought Dublin closer and he might have got in for a goal but for good defending by Millerick, but Turnbull was on hand to add points as Cork ensured they kept their opponents at arm's length.

Turnbull's 12th in the 62nd minute made it 0-22 to 1-13 to ensure they wouldn't be beaten, but Dublin had a glimmer of hope when Grogan touched Currie's delivery to the net.

From the puckout though, Turnbull secured possession and, off balance out on the left, he split the posts with a magnificent effort to set up a final meeting against Galway.

Scorers - Cork: B Turnbull 0-13 (11f), D Connery 0-5 (2f), B Roche 0-2, G Millerick, D Linehan, B Buckley 0-1 each. Dublin: S Currie 0-6 (3f), M Grogan, E O'Neill 1-1 each, L Murphy 0-4 (3f), E Allen 0-1.

Cork: G Collins; C O'Callaghan, S O'Leary Hayes, E Roche; G Millerick, J Keating, A Walsh Barry; D Connery, B Roche; B Buckley, C Hanafin, D Linehan; L O'Shea, R Downey, B Turnbull. Subs: B Murphy for Hanafin (48), D Hanlon for Buckley (49), C O'Brien for B Roche (60).

Dublin: C O'Donoghue; B McHugh, K Burke, A Dunphy; E O'Connell, L Walsh, L Gannon; D Keogh, B Coffey; D Ó Floinn, M Grogan, E O'Neill; L Murphy, S Currie, L McDwyer. Subs: S Kennedy for McDwyer (half-time), E Allen for Coffey, C Derwin for Ó Floinn (52), T Aherne for O'Donnell (60).

Ref - M Murtagh (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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