Cork hurlers fail to fire in the second half of disappointing defeat to rivals Limerick

Cork hurlers fail to fire in the second half of disappointing defeat to rivals Limerick
Limerick's Graeme Mulcahy fouls Cork's Eoin Cadogan. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton

Limerick 1-32 Cork 0-20

DISAPPOINTMENT for Cork as they lost out to Limerick in the final of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League final at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday night.

In an entertaining game, Limerick were deserving winners as they dominated the second-half to secure their win.

At half-time they led by three points and Cork were well in the game, but after the break Limerick took over and outscored Cork by 18 points to six, which shows their dominance of that half.

Cork weren't helped with 21 of their panel unavailable due to the Fitzgibbon Cup, but they will still be very disappointed with their second-half showing.

On the plus side for Cork was another game for Colm Spillane, returning from a long-term injury, and also Robert Downey back in action, also after suffering an injury.

Limerick opened the scoring when David Dempsey pointed before Cork started to dominate.

The Cork team stand for the national anthem. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton
The Cork team stand for the national anthem. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton

Conor Lehane levelled the sides with Sean Twomey putting Rebels in front, with Jack O'Connor and Chris O'Leary, from a free, making it 0-5 to 0-1 with five minutes gone.

Points from Dempsey and Cian Lynch made it a two-point game before Limerick retook the lead with 13 minutes played.

A long ball in from Darragh O'Donovan was superbly caught by Aaron Gillane and he gave Patrick Collins no chance of saving.

But credit to the Rebels they responded in style, with Twomey, Aidan Walsh and Brian Turnbull all scoring to go back in front, 0-8 to 1-4.

Two pointed frees from David Reidy had Limerick back in front, with 23 minutes gone, with Barry Nash and Diarmuid Byrnes adding to their tally, to make it 1-8 to 0-8.

Lehane and Seamus Harnedy replied for Cork, with Reidy and Tom Morrissey scoring at the other end.

Twomey and Lehane had only one point between the sides with three minutes to half-time, but two points from Graeme Mulcahy, along with scores from Morrissey and Gillane made it 1-14 to 0-12 going into injury time.

Late points from Harnedy and O'Leary saw Limerick lead by 1-14 to 0-14 at half-time and it was all to play for at this stage.

Cork's Luke Meade and Limerick's Cian Lynch, Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton
Cork's Luke Meade and Limerick's Cian Lynch, Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton

Lehane got the first score of the second half, from a free, with Reidy replying at the other end.

Aidan Walsh pointed for Cork, but then Limerick started to take over and Cork went 15 minutes without a score.

In that time Limerick hit eight points to lead by 1-22 to 0-16 and it wasn't looking good for the Rebels.

Gillane hit four-in-a-row, with Byrnes also on target, before Gillane hit two more. O'Donovan got in on the scoring act and by now it was a case of how much they were going to win by.

Patrick Horgan pointed from a free, with O'Leary also scoring from another free, with Cork only getting three points from play in this half.

But again Limerick just upped it a gear with points from Dempsey and Mulcahy making it 1-25 to 0-19, with 57 minutes gone.

Lehane pointed from a free in the 25th minute of the second half, Cork's last score of the game as Limerick struck over seven without reply to run out comfortable winners.

Cork now turn their attention to the national league in two weeks, with manager Kieran Kingston hoping that players come through the Fitzgibbon campaign unscathed.

Cork's Eoin Cadogan is tackled by Limerick's Cian Lynch and David Reidy. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton
Cork's Eoin Cadogan is tackled by Limerick's Cian Lynch and David Reidy. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton

Scorers for Limerick: D Reidy 0-11 (0-8 f), D Dempsey, G Mulcahy 0-5 each, A Gillane 1-1, B Nash, D Byrnes, T Morrissey 0-2 each, C Lynch, D O'Donovan, R Hanley. G Hegarty 0-1 each.

Cork: C Lehane 0-6 (0-3 f), S Twomey, S Harnedy, C O'Leary (f), 0-3 each, A Walsh 0-2, J O'Connor, B Turnbull, P Horgan (f) 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: B Hennessy; T Condon, R English, A Costello; D Byrnes, D Morrissey, B Nash; R Hanley, C Lynch; D O'Donovan, T Morrissey, D Dempsey; G Mulcahy, D Reidy, A Gillane.

Subs: S Finn for A Costello, G Hegarty for T Morrissey (both 45), M Quinlan for A Gillane (55), B O'Grady for T Condon (60), J Boylan for R English (65).

CORK: P Collins; C Spillane, E Cadogan, S O'Donoghue; C O'Leary, B Cooper, D Cahalane; R Walsh, A Walsh; C Lehane, L Meade, S Twomey; J O'Connor, S Harnedy, B Turnbull.

Subs: P Horgan for R Walsh, S O'Regan for J O'Connor (both h-t), R Downey for L Meade (53), T O'Connell for S Twomey (68), J Keating for C Spillane (70).

Referee: Kevin Jordan (Tipperary).

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