Dublin blow huge lead as Cork win league

Dublin blew a six point lead to lose the national league final against Cork, it was a stunning performance from Cork to score 21points.

Dublin 2-14 0-21 Cork 4:05pm, Croke Park
70min played

Match Tracker
72min Time is up, Dublin totally bottle it after being six up with twenty to play.
70+1 Free for Cork, it will be a tough kick.
70min Its wide, he totally bottled it.
69min Dublin win a free, Mossy Quinn has to hit this. Two minutes injury time.
68min Poor wide by Barry Cahil for Dublin.
67min Ciaran Sheehan kicks Cork into the lead.
64min Mossy Quinn kicks a free kick wide, shocking miss.
63min Cork level it up, Dublin look rattled and have lost a few players through injury.
62min Shocking wide by Dean Kelly for Dublin.
61min Patrick Kelly gets it back to a one point match
59min Donnacha O’Connor kicks his second point in a minute.
58min Donnacha O’Connor kicks a nice point from play.
58min Noel O’Leary kicks a nice point for Cork, back to four
56min Kevin McManamon kicks another point for Dublin
54min Daniel Goulding kicks a free over the black spot to leave four in it.
50min Peirce O’Neill scores a point when a goal was on.
49min The match is gone quite with Dublin looking happy with their lead.
45min Ciaran Sheehan gets Cork back to five down.
43min Peirce O’Neill gets Cork back to six down.
41min Ciaran Sheehan gets a point back for Cork.
40min Another point for Dublin leaves them five up.
38min Bernard Brogan scores a goal.
37min Kevin Nolan puts Dublin four up.
36min Second half underway.
There seems to be a fight in the tunnel between both sides, its finished now.
35+2 Barry Cahill gives Dublin a three point lead at halftime.
35min Two minutes injury time.
34min Nice point by Mossy Quinn puts Dublin two ahead.
33min Kevin McManamon kicks Dublin ahead.
32min Kevin McManamon makes the game level.
30min Couple of wides for Cork.
26min Paddy Kelly kicks Cork into the lead.
25min Donnacha O’Connor levels it up.
23minn Mossy Quinn kicks another point from play, its been a stunning game of football so far.
22min Stunning point from Patrick Kelly to level the match.
20min Stunning point from Bernard Brogan.
19min Great point from Jamie O’Sullivan the Cork defender followed by another point for Cork.
17min Daniel Goulding gets a nice point from play.
16min Daniel Goulding kicks an easy free over the black spot.
15min Diarmuid Connolly kicks Dublin into a four point lead.
14min Bernard Brogan gets his first point of the day.
13min Peirce O’Neill kicks a nice point for Cork.
12min Kevin McManamon kicks his second point of the day.
10min Ciaran Sheehan kicks a point for Cork.
9min Mossy Quinn was nearly in for a second goal, but its well saved by the keeper.
7min Mossy Quinn gets a goal after brilliant play by Bernard Brogan.
7min Bernard Brogans free gets punched wide.
5min Kevin McManamon equalises for Dublin with a nice point from play.
4min Both defenses well on top so far.
2min Dublin have the ball and are on the attack, Bernard Brogan kicks the first wide of the day.
1min Daniel Goulding gets the first score of the day.
1min We are underway.
0min The national anthem is just finishing so it looks like we will be about five minutes late kicking off.
0min It should be a cracking league final.

Team News
Dublin (SF v Cork) Stephen Cluxton; Michael Fitzsimons, Paul Brogan, Philly McMahon; Barry Cahill, Ger Brennan, Kevin Nolan; Denis Bastick, Michael Darragh Macauley; Paul Flynn, Kevin McManamon, Bryan Cullen (capt.); Mossy Quinn, Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan.

Cork – (Allianz FL v Dublin) – Ken O’Halloran; Ray Carey, Michael Shields, Jamie O’Sullivan; Noel O’Leary, John Miskella, Paudie Kissane; Alan O’Connor, Nicholas Murphy; Pearse O’Neill, Patrick Kelly, Fintan Gould; Daniel Goulding, Donncha O’Connor, Ciaran Sheehan.

This game is a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland Semi-Final,in which the Munster men just shaded the verdict. Dublin had looked the stronger side for much of that contest and only gave best in the final ten minutes. With Cork going on to win the championship,Pat Gilroy’s side will clearly feel that it was a lost opportunity and they will be keen to avenge that defeat on Sunday.

Dublin have been the form side all season and have looked very impressive in the league. The two counties met in round two and Gilroy’s side took the points after a 3-13 to 0-16 victory. The Dubs have been scoring plenty of goals all season and that has been winning them matches. They will need their forwards at the top of their game again this weekend as they face a strong Cork defence. Aidan Walsh played a pivotal role in Cork’s All-Ireland success last year and his absence on Sunday will be a big blow to the rebels. It also seems likely that Paul Kerrigan will miss the final due to injury. Cork need their best fifteen on duty if they are to win the title and for that reason I am tipping Dublin to win Sunday’s match.


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