Saturday 24 February 2018

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Pat Horgan (Cork)

Not as effective in the second half but his 1-8 in the opening period, when Cork badly needed leaders, was crucial.

Turning point

Conor Lehane's superb equalising score from the right on 41 minutes. Cork went on to hit five more points in a row.

Talking point

Cork will benefit from a tougher than expected encounter, but is progress being made rapidly enough to rattle the big guns this year?

Ref watch

Michael Wadding was inconsistent in dishing out cards and both sides found fault in many of his decisions. Got little help from his officials.

Magic moment

Pat Horgan's goal was created by swift handpasses from Pa Cronin and Paudie O'Sullivan, and the finish was sublime.

What they said

Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork manager): "We were pretty comfortable when they got the goal, but to win by seven flattered us -- it was never a game like that."

Ollie Baker (Offaly manager):

"We scored well in the first half but Cork are a quality outfit and were able to pick off their scores with relative ease at times, but they had to work hard for their victory."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 9 (6); Offaly 8 (5)

Free: Cork 14 (9); Offaly 10 (6)

Yellow cards: Cork 1 (J Coughlan 35); Offaly 3 (R Hanniffy 26, D Morkan 31, S Dooley 55)

Attendance: 10,136

What next?

Cork will discover the identity of their opponents in Phase 3 after this morning's draw, but no more hurling for Offaly until 2013.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport