Cork moved back into second place in Division One of the Allianz National Football League, with a three point victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.
The home side put up a much better performance than in recent weeks an for long periods of this game they looked like causing an upset against the All Ireland champions. However, this fifth defeat of the campaign looks like being the final nail in the tribesmen’s coffin and they will almost certainly be playing in the second tier next season.
Galway made the better start to this game and led the rebels by 0-9 to 0-7 at the interval. Matthew Clancy and Cormac Bane led the way in the opening period as the home side played above themselves. They were fully deserving of their slim lead at the break. Cork were fast out of the blocks after the restart and hit five points without reply. Daniel Goulding and Alan O’Connor started to dominate their opponents and this superiority was soon reflected on the scoreboard.
The rebels had a stronger bench and were able to introduce the likes of Sean Kiely, James Fitzpatrick and Kevin O’Driscoll late on. All three got on the scoresheet as the visitors dominated the second period and emerged deserving winners.
“It’s about getting two points, but in terms of the level of performance, particularly in the first half, we would have been very disappointed. You wouldn’t get away with it another day,” said Cork manager Conor Counihan.
“We started well enough but we seemed to lose our rhythm and we found it hard to get hold of the ball in the middle of the field. If you don’t get hold of the ball you don’t get to dominate the game and that’s the way it went.”
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