Cork topple All-Ireland Champions Limerick

Limerick 1-21 Cork 2-21 

Cork got a fully deserving three point over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday which will now put them in the mix for the quarter finals.

Cork started very well in front of the crowd over 13,000 at the Gaelic Grounds. Limerick were bidding for the 4th win on the trot but it wasn’t to be as John Meylers came away with a much deserved win. Cork led by 0-03 to 0-00 after four minutes. Aidan Walsh raising the first white flag after just 35 seconds .This was followed up with scores from Dan Kearney and Patrick Horgan. Limerick got their first score on 6 minutes with Seamus Flanagan pointing. Shane Dowling missed a 65 and a free, scores he would probably get 9 times out of 10. Horgan  punished these misses. He scored a second free, before he got the Rebels first goal on 9 minutes. He collected a long delivery from Chris Joyce to fire past Nickie Quaid. Limerick trailed by 1-04 to 0-01 and looked in trouble. Dowling notched another Limerick point on the board, before Cooper and Harnedy responded.

Dowling pointed on 16 minutes, Cork however hit three in a row then to retain their command on the scoreboard. Harnedy, Dan Dooley and free from Tim O’Mahony. Limerick were racking up the wides and had seven of them with not even 20 minutes on the clock it would have dissapointed John Kiely. Horgan hit his his third free, before Limerick got a three pointer it brought them back into the game on 26 minutes. Pat Ryan soloed through to whom he found Peter Casey who finished low and hard to the net past Patrick Collins. Horgan hit back but two points from Diarmuid Byrne’s showed that Limerick were still in this game. Gearoid Hegarty reduced the arrears to five, 1-11 to 1-06. Cork hit two frees from the dependable Horgan before Byrnes struck one over for Limerick also from a free. Lehane had a goal chance but it was hit wide, Dowling and Hegarty also missed point chances for Limerick. It was 1-13 to 1-07 at the break.

John Kielys team talk obviously had a massive impact at half time as Limerick came racing out of the traps with points from Casey, Dowling, Byrne’s and Flanagan. Dan Dooley got his second of the day before on 45 minutes Conor Lehane rattled the back of the Limerick net after bursting through the heart of the defence. He could have had another goal minutes later but his side hit the post.

Casey and Dowling (2) had Limerick in touch now. Limerick then hit 6 points in a row and on 66 minutes they drew level threw Byrne’s. However Cormac Murphy sealed the win and the two points for Cork with a brace of points.

 

Cork: Patrick Collins; Seán O’Donoghue, Eoin Cadogan, Stephen McDonnell; Christopher Joyce, Tim O’Mahony (0-01, 0-01f), Robert Downey; Cormac Murphy (0-02), Bill Cooper (0-01); Daniel Kearney (0-02), Seamus Harnedy (0-02), Dan Dooley (0-02); Conor Lehane (1-01), Aidan Walsh (0-01), Patrick Horgan (1-09, 0-09f)

Subs used: Jack O’Connor for Dooley (60 mins), Conor Cahalane for Downey (65).

Limerick: Nicky Quaid; Tom Condon, Sean Finn, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes (0-06, 0-04f, 0-01 ’65), Declan Hannon, Mikey O’Brien; Cian Lynch (0-01), Darragh O’Donovan; Gearoid Hegarty, Shane Dowling (0-06, 0-03f), Tom Morrissey (0-01); Peter Casey (1-03), Seamus Flanagan (0-02), Pat Ryan

Subs used: Graeme Mulcahy (0-01) for Ryan (48 mins), Barry Murphy for Flanagan (56), Kyle Hayes for T Morrissey (67), Barry Nash for O’Brien (69).

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