Thursday 14 December 2017

Cork in show of strength

Cork 1-18
University of Limerick 2-13

CORK were always too strong for University of Limerick as they advanced to the final at Pairc Ui Rinn yesterday afternoon.

Once the home side had overcome an early 0-4 to 0-3 deficit, they never trailed again despite the heroics of UL's Andrew Quinn, who scored 1-8.

In a first half that lasted 47 minutes after a long hold-up due to an injury to Cork full-back Cian Fogarty, the Rebels' full-forward Eoghan Murphy showed up well, scoring five points.

With Graham Callinan impressing at midfield, Cork had the edge, but Quinn's 35th-minute goal, which cut the deficit to 0-9 to 1-5, ensured that it was not all one-way traffic.

At half-time Cork's lead was still a point, 0-11 to 1-7, and they scored the first four points of the second half. UL brought it back to two points before Cork missed a 54th-minute penalty.

Conor Lehane did find the net for Cork, reacting when Callinan had a shot parried. UL's Paddy Murphy did get a late goal for the students, but it was not enough and Cork progressed.

Scorers -- Cork: E Murphy 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1 '65'), C Lehane 1-3, B Cooper 0-3, J Coughlan 0-2, B Hartnett, C McCarthy 0-1 each. University of Limerick: A Quinn 1-8 (0-6f), P Murphy 1-0, P Cronin 0-2, T O'Brien, M Heffernan, B Beckett 0-1 each.

CORK -- M Coleman; P O'Leary, C Fogarty, S Murphy; C Joyce, M Ellis, R Ryan; G Callinan, B Lawton; T Murray, B Cooper, C Lehane; J Coughlan, E Murphy, B Hartnett. Subs: P O'Mahony for Fogarty (13, inj), A Nash for Coleman (h-t), C McCarthy for Murray (51), L O'Farrell for Hartnett (62), J Wall for Coughlan (65).

UL -- S O'Keeffe; P Stapleton, M Malone, K Murphy; N Murphy, J Gallagher, B Fox; T O'Brien, P Cronin; T Butler, P Murphy, M Heffernan; P Kelly, M Collins, A Quinn. Subs: B Beckett for Butler, A Hogan for Murphy, K Joyce for Fox (all h-t), D Burke for Collins (44), K Morris for O'Brien (48).

Ref -- S McMahon (Clare).

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