Sport Hurling

Sunday 18 March 2018

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Patrick Horgan (Cork)

Bill Cooper, Niall McCarthy, Shane O'Neill and Paudie O'Sullivan get honourable mentions but if you rack up 3-11, with all bar six points coming from play, you have to get the gong, no matter how poor the opposition was. Horgan looked dangerous from the off and was clinical in his finishing. He also had a hand in a few of the other goals.

Turning point

Did you see the score? No turning point really but, if pushed, you could suggest Luke O'Farrell's 33rd-minute goal, just four minutes after Willie Hyland had netted at the other end to reduce the margin to two.

Talking point

The helplessness of Laois. It was Harlem Globetrotter stuff from the Rebels in the last 15 minutes and there was nothing the vanquished seemed able or willing to do about it.

Ref watch

Not a difficult game for James McGrath, but penalising Paddy Mullaney for venturing just outside the small parallelogram for his puckout with two minutes remaining and 31 points between the sides was a bit fussy.

What they said

Denis Walsh (Cork manager):

"The (goals) that we missed were a disappointment for me. I couldn't be straighter than that."

Brendan Fennelly (Laois manager):

"I am not saying I am doing everything right but 30 players were invited to meet me the first night and 13 turned up and it has been a bit like that all the way through."

Match Statistics

Wides: Cork 10 (4); Laois 9 (7)

Frees: Cork 14 (7); Laois 15 (7)

Yellow cards: Cork 1 (P Cronin 29); Laois 1 (J Brophy 29)

Red cards: Cork 0; Laois 0

Attendance: 1,912

What next?

Cork host Offaly at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the second round of the qualifiers on Saturday; Laois are out.

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