Tuesday 23 January 2018

game at a glance

Man of the match

Niall McCarthy (Cork)

On a day when Cork's full-forward line completely petered out after a bright opening, no-one picked up the slack more forcefully than the Carrigtwohill man with a personal return of 0-5.

Turning point

The fateful second meeting of Limerick club delegates on March 23 that delivered an even more emphatic vote of confidence in Justin McCarthy than the first. From then on, Limerick's summer was essentially still-born.

Talking point

How much to read into the non-performance of Cork's full-forward line? Aisake O hAilpin was held scoreless by David Breen and, after a lightning opening against Shane O'Neill, Pat Horgan faded out sufficiently to be substituted.

Ref watch

James Owens had a fine, unfussy match. The sending-off decision may have seemed harsh to Limerick supporters but, in purely technical terms, Owens had no option.

What they said

Denis Walsh (Cork manager): "The performance wasn't great. We went from one extreme to the other."

Bryan O'Sullivan (Limerick captain): "We're disappointed. We only performed at 60pc."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork (6) 11; Limerick (4) 11.

Frees: Cork (2) 2; Limerick (4) 9.

Yellow cards: Cork 1 (B Murphy 32); Limerick 2 (S O'Neill 10, P McNamara 15).

Red cards: Cork 0; Limerick 1 (S Herlihy 36).

Attendance: 13,638.

What next?

Cork play Waterford in the Munster final. Limerick slip into the qualifiers.

Irish Independent

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