Cork make disappointing start to league by losing to Kildare

The stronger Leinster side were full value for their victory which now puts Cork under pressure to mount a promotion bid to the top flight
Cork make disappointing start to league by losing to Kildare

Cork's Ruairi Deane with Kevin Flynn of Kildare in Saturday's league game in Thurles. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Cork 0-14 Kildare 2-12 

CORK made a disappointing start to live in Division 2 South, when going down to Kildare in Thurles this afternoon.

And to compound matters half-time substitute Brian Hartnett was shown a red card near the end as Cork kicked the closing five points.

Kildare made a decisive burst in the third quarter thanks to a 50th minute goal from Kevin Flynn, who sped through the defence following a Darragh Kirwan pass to open up a 1-11 to 0-8 lead.

Cork almost replied in kind at the other end but Ian Maguire's fisted effort from a Ruairi Deane pass just clipped the crossbar and over for a point.

But, when Kildare added a second goal on the hour, Cork faced a nine-point deficit and staring defeat in the face, Once again Kirwan was the provider, sending Jimmy Hyland clear and he supplied a cool finish for a 2-12 to 0-9 lead.

In the first-half Cork made a promising start by scoring the opening three points through Cathail O'Mahony, Brian Hurley, from a free, and John O'Rourke, inside seven minutes.

Kevin O'Driscoll made it 0-4 to 0-1, but they wouldn't score again as Kildare cut the deficit to the minimum by the water break.

Ian Maguire ended a 13-minute barren spell by making it 0-5 to 0-3 only for Kildare to hit a couple of points to tie matters approaching the interval.

And while John O'Rourke edged Cork in front again, Kildare responded with a Paul Cribbin equaliser and then the lead for the first time with a pointed free from substitute Neil Flynn in injury time, 0-7 to 0-6.

Darragh Kirwan of Kildare in action against Daniel O'Mahony of Cork. Picture: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Darragh Kirwan of Kildare in action against Daniel O'Mahony of Cork. Picture: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Scorers for Cork: C O'Mahony 0-6, 5f, J O'Rourke and I Maguire 0-2 each, B Hurley 0-2f, K O'Driscoll, C Sheehan 0-1 each. 

Kildare: J Hyland 1-2, 2f, K Flynn 1-0, N Flynn 0-3, 2f, 1'45, D Flynn, P Cribbin and D Kirwan 0-2 each, L Flynn 0-1.

CORK: MA Martin (Nemo Rangers); D O’Mahony (Knocknagree), S Meehan (Kiskeam), K Flahive (Douglas); P Walsh (Kanturk), S Powter (Douglas), M Taylor (Mallow); I Maguire (St Finbarr’s), captain, K O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaighs); C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg), S White (Clonkilty), R Deane (Bantry Blues); J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), B Hurley (Castlehaven), C O’Mahony (Mitchelstown). 

Subs: B Hartnett (Douglas) for O'Callaghan half-time, D Dineen (Cill na Martra) for Hurley injured 43, K O'Donovan (Nemo Rangers) for Powter and C Sheehan (Eire Og) for O'Driscoll 58, B Murphy (St Vincent's) for Deane 61, T Corkery (Cill na Martra) for Maguire 66.

KILDARE: M Donnellan; M Dempsey, M O'Grady, E Doyle; K Flynn, D Hyland, R Houlihan; L Flynn, A Masterson; A Beirne, D Flynn, P Cribbin; J Hyland, K Feely, D Kirwan. 

Subs: N Flynn for D Flynn injured 30, C Kavanagh for Houlihan 52, F Conway for L Flynn and C Hartley for Beirne 54.

Referee: M Deegan (Laois).

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