Cork hold off Monaghan rally

Cork had to work hard against Monaghan before they registered their second league win at Páirc Uí Chaoimh this afternoon.

Pearse O’Neill (0-5), Paddy Kelly (1-1) and Daniel Goulding (0-4) led the scoring for the home side as they continued on their excellent start to the season.

Kelly and Eoin Duffy, who scored 1-3 for Monaghan, exchanged goals as Cok led by 1-9 to 1-5 at half-time.

Monaghan’s Mark Downey hit the crossbar and Dessie Mone narrowed the lead late on, but Cork held out for the win.

Manager Conor Counihan, while pleased with the result, knew that the performance left a lot to be desired.

“In the first half we had a lot of ball,” he said. “We probably didn’t kill off as much as we would have liked, gave away a few soft scores and in fairness to Monaghan they never stopped coming back at us.

“Today was a day where we should have got more scores on the board but we didn’t do it, and we faded out there as well a little, so there’s plenty room for work on that as well.”

Scorers – Cork: P O’Neill 0-5, D Goulding 0-4 (3f), P Kelly 1-1, F Goold 0-2, C O’Driscoll, C O’Neill, D O’Connor 0-1 each.

Monaghan: O Duffy 1-3, P Finlay 0-3 (2f), C McManus (1f), D Clerkin 0-2 each, C McGuinness, D Mone 0-1 each.

Cork – K O’Halloran 6; M Shields 6, E Cadogan 8, R Carey 5; C O’Driscoll 7, P Kissane 6, D O’Sullivan 8; A O’Connor 6, A Walsh 7; F Goold 7, P Kelly 7, P O’Neill 8; D Goulding 6, D O’Connor 5, C Sheehan 5. Subs: F Lynch 7 for Carey (h-t), P O’Flynn 6 for O’Driscoll (53), C O’Neill 6 for Goulding (61), N Murphy 6 for A O’Connor (68).

Monaghan – M Keogh 7; Darren Hughes 7, C Walshe 6, K Duffy 7; David Hughes 6, D Mone 8, N McAdam 6; D Clerkin 7, B McKenna 6; J Turley 5, O Duffy 8, G Doogan 6; C McGuinness 5, P Finlay 6, C McManus 7. Subs: D Wylie 6 for McAdam (h-t) O Lennon 6 for McKenna (h-t), T Freeman 6 for Duffy (52), M Downey 6 for Turley (60), V Corey 6 for Finlay (69).

Referee – D Coldrick (Meath).


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