Dublin 5-18 Cork 1-17
Dublin began their Super 8’s with a 13 point over Cork at Croke Park on Saturday night before a disappointing crowd of around 30,000. The attendance not helped given the Cork hurlers are in action tomorrow at the same venue against Kilkenny. This game was tight all the way up to 55 minutes, but the fitness and power of Dublin eventually told as they wore down a youthful Cork side.
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Cork made an excellent start and raced into a 0-04 to 0-00 lead after just 5 minutes. Ruairi Deane, Paul Kerrigan, Sean White and Kevin O’Driscoll all raising white flags. In the fourth minute, Dublin thought they had a penalty when David Gough deemed Con O’Callaghan was fouled in the box. However, after consultation with his umpires, the Meath official reversed his original decision and opted to throw the ball in. Dublin did get a goal on 10 minutes when Jack McCaffrey raided through to finish to the net. Dublin were level after 15 minutes. Philly McMahon scored an excellent point after a nice dummy before Brian Hurley responded. Hurley was doing well he was, however, getting a limited amount of ball. Michael Dara McAuley got the second Dublin goal before the break after some good work from O’Callaghan who found Costello who passed across the edge to McAuley who palmed the ball to the net.
Jim Gavin Speaking after the Game:
Cormac Costello was substituted on 44 minutes by Jim Gavin as he opted to bring on Dean Rock. The Ballymun quickly laying down a marker to be starting next weekend with a point from play and from a free in a matter of minutes. Cork had a penalty rewarded to them after Cian O’Sullivan brought down Ian Maguire, Luke Connolly finished to the left of Cluxton giving the Parnells man no chance. Cork were keeping with the pace of Dublin but the final 10 minutes they obviously ran out of steam. Niall Scully banged in a goal, Ciaran Kilkenny then got a three-pointer after a poor kick-out from Mark White, on 70 minutes Brian Fenton was let through the heart of the Cork defence to fire home. Dublin meet Roscommon next weekend with many probably expecting a similar scoreline.
Ronan McCarthy speaking after the game:
Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; David Byrne, Michael Fitzsimons, Philip McMahon (0-02); Jack McCaffrey (1-00), Cian O’Sullivan, John Small (0-01); Brian Fenton (1-01), Michael Darragh Macauley (1-00); Niall Scully (1-00), Cormac Costello (0-01), Brian Howard; Ciarán Kilkenny (1-02), Paul Mannion (0-02), Con O’Callaghan (0-04).
Subs: Dean Rock (0-05, 3f, 1 ’45′) for Costello 44 mins; Paddy Small for O’Callaghan 64 mins; Jonny Cooper for O’Sullivan 67 mins; Kevin McManamon for Mannion 67 mins; Eoin Murchan for McCaffrey 69 mins; James McCarthy for Fenton 71 mins.
Cork: Mark White; James Loughrey, Thomas Clancy; Kevin Flahive, Liam O’Donovan (0-01), Tomás Clancy, Mattie Taylor (0-01); Ian Maguire, Kevin O’Driscoll (0-01); Seán White (0-01), Ruairí Deane (0-01); Paul Kerrigan (0-03) Mark Collins (0-01, 1f), Brian Hurley (0-03, 2f), Luke Connolly (1-03, 1-00 pen, 1 ’45′).
Subs: Michael Hurley (0-02) for Kerrigan 55 mins; Kevin O’Donovan for Loughrey 55 mins; Ronan O’Toole for White 62 mins; Stephen Sherlock for Connolly 64 mins; Cian Kiely for O’Donovan 64 mins; John O’Rourke for Maguire 68 mins.
Referee: David Gough (Meath)