Cork 0-12 Galway 1-11
CORK are still searching for their first win after three attempts in the U20 John Kerins Development League after narrowly losing out to Galway at the Claughan Club in Limerick on Saturday.
Liam Boyle’s second-half goal went a long way toward settling a see-saw clash which saw the lead change hands on a number of occasions. It was a decent workout for Keith Ricken's charges, with the All-Ireland series still to come over the summer.
Cork, who drew with Kerry and Dublin in their previous games, looked en route after taking a three-point lead midway through the first half.
But Galway, who beat Kildare, the county the Rebels Cork meet next, in their opening game, struck back through three frees.
A fourth one hit the post but by half time it was level at 0-7 each.
Boyle netted for the only goal of the game 15 minutes after the interval, the Galway forward sweeping in from the left to finish low and hard past Josh O’Keefe, who had kept out an attempt with his boot in the first half.
The Leesiders were unlucky not to level immediately after the three-pointer. Cathal O’Mahony, bearing down on goal, lashed home a low strike which beat Galway keeper Oran Burke, but a defender hacked the ball over his own bar.
An equaliser at that point was probably deserved, but Galway mostly had the better of the second half exchanges and began to close the game out from that point on with Darragh Silke adding another point and O’Mahony reducing the deficit again.
Silke quickly responded from wide on the right before Mark Cronin lofted over the bar, but Silke raised the white flag for the last time in an entertaining encounter two minutes from time on Shannonside.
Gavin Burke opened the scoring for Galway inside the opening three points before Nemo's Mark Cronin and Jack Murphy from Éire Óg replied in quick succession with the Tribesmen sending three efforts wide in a lively opening 15 minutes.
Burke struck again and Murphy sent a free kick between the posts in advance of Michael Culane levelling the game. Galway created the first real goal-scoring opportunity 20 minutes in; Ben O’Connell blasting an effort at maximum points from close range but O’Keeffe got his foot to the ball.
Cork’s downfall was probably the number of frees they conceded approaching half time.
They were 0-7 to 0-5 up at this point, but Silke, scoring two frees and hit a post with another to leave the sides level at the break.
O’Mahony pointed for Cork five minutes after the break but that was the last time the Leesiders were ahead in a game they could easily have won against opposition who deserved their victory on the day.
Next up is a game against Kildare. Kerry beat Dublin 1-7 to 0-7 in the second fixture of the doubleheader in Limerick on Saturday.
CORK: J O'Keeffe; M O'Mahony, M Shanley, P Ring; G O'Donovan, P O'Driscoll, S Meehan (0-1); D O'Connell (M Hodnett h-t), B Hartnett; J Murphy (0-1), M Cronin (0-4) (B Murphy, h-t, 0-2), L Grainger; J Kelleher, C O'Mahony (0-4), D Buckley (Moynihan, 55).
GALWAY: O Burke; R Mahon, S Mulkerrin, E McFadden; L Boyle (1-0), C Potter, J Kirrane; M Barrett, M Culhane; B O’Connell 0-2 (J Reilly, 46), G Burke (0-4), (M Collins, 55), C Newell (0-1); D Silke (0-4), P Costelloe, R Cunningham.
Referee: S Joy (Kerry).