Cork drive on in second half
Cork 1-10 Cork IT 0-11:Holders Cork pulled away in the second half to repeat last season’s McGrath Cup win over Cork IT at their grounds yesterday and earn a home quarter-final against Tipperary.
Cork started with a handful of regulars and led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the interval after playing with the wind as the students kept in touch.
But the introduction of another trio of established players for Cork at half-time had the desired effect, especially Donncha O’Connor, who pounced for the only goal in the 40th minute.
It came from a short kick-out by goalkeeper Andrew O’Donoghue which was intercepted by Liam Shorten, who sent O’Connor clear to finish well with a low shot to the net.
That put Cork 1-10 to 0-6 in front and while Cork IT replied with points from Donough Leahy and Donal Óg Hodnett, Cork hit back with five unanswered points in quick succession to sweep 1-15 to 0-8 in front after 55 minutes. Cork didn’t score again and finished with 14 men after Paul Kerrigan was sent off for a second yellow.
CORK: D Lordan; J McLoughlin, M Shields, D Cahalane; D O’Sullivan, C O’Driscoll (0-1), S Kiely (0-1); P O’Neill (0-2), A O’Sullivan (0-1); J Fitzpatrick, P Kerrigan (0-2), O Mulrooney (0-2); C O’Neill (0-4, two from frees, one 45), A O’Connor, L Shorten (0-1). Subs: D O’Connor (1-1, one free) for Fitzpatrick, N O’Leary for O’Driscoll, both half-time, P Kissane for D O’Sullivan 41 mins, K O’Halloran for Lordan 50 mins, C O’Donovan for A O’Sullivan 53 mins
CORK IT: A O’Donoghue; E Byrne, M Griffin, D O’Sullivan; P Daly, C Lyons (0-1), J Cronin; B O’Sullivan, S O’Donoghue; J O’Connor (0-1 free), B O’Regan (0-2), D Leahy (0-1, free); P Joy, D Óg Hodnett (0-4, three frees), D Crowley. Subs: J Walsh for Daly (43 mins), P Kilkenny for Cronin (48 mins) M Vaughan (0-1 free) for O’Connor (49 mins), S Finn for Byrne (56 mins), A Sweeney (0-1, free) for Crowley 58 mins
Referee: E Walsh (Kerry).