Dublin brush Cork off in the second half at Croke Park

John Cleary's side were only three points down at the break and missed a few decent chances but ultimately weren't at the favourites' level
Dublin brush Cork off in the second half at Croke Park

Ciarán Kilkenny of Dublin in action against Mattie Taylor of Cork at Croke Park. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Dublin 0-21 Cork 0-10 
DUBLIN proved too strong for Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-finals and ran out deserving 11-point winners at Croke Park on Saturday evening.

50,874 people watched on as Dessie Farrell’s side just had too much for a Cork side that put up a decent showing but didn’t have enough quality to prevent the favourites from progressing.

Down three points at the break, Cork failed to score again until the 55th minute. By that stage, their opponents had built an unassailable lead and eased to victory.

Dublin’s starting fifteen showed three changes from their Leinster final victory over Kildare. Dessie Farrell brought Jonny Cooper, Niall Scully and Paddy Small in for James McCarthy, Lorcan O’Dell and Con O’Callaghan. The Dubs’ senior inter-county hurler Eoghan O’Donnell was also named as a substitute.

Seán Bugler of Dublin shoots from Paul Ring of Cork. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Seán Bugler of Dublin shoots from Paul Ring of Cork. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Cork started Paul Ring instead of Daniel Dineen but it was Dublin who hit the front courtesy of a fine Cormac Costello effort. Cathail O’Mahony levelled before corner-back Lee Gannon finished off a flowing move to make 0-2 to 0-1 to the Dubs after five minutes.

A high-tempo opening saw Dean Rock extend the hosts' lead from a free. Cork were in the game but struggled to make inroads against a well-organised opposing defence.

Wasteful shooting at either end meant the score remained unchanged until a superb Ciaran Kilkenny effort after 13 minutes.

Brian Hurley responded with a terrific floated point and it was 0-4 to 0-2 on the quarter-hour.

In a game of few fouls, Sean Bugler was yellow-carded for an unnecessary high challenge. Cork moved the ball down the field from the ensuing free and Brian Hurley reduced the deficit to a single point.

Bugler made amends for his yellow card by restoring Dublin’s two-point advantage shortly after. The scores kept coming as Steven Sherlock got his name on the scoresheet prior to Paddy Small bouncing a shot off the crossbar and over.

The ball goes over the bar after hitting the post from a shot by Paddy Small of Dublin. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
The ball goes over the bar after hitting the post from a shot by Paddy Small of Dublin. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

That was also Dublin’s sixth different scorer of an impressive opening 22-minute display. Then, Dessie Farrell’s charges dominated possession for a time and a brace of Dean Rock frees made it 0-8 to 0-4.

A late flurry of scores saw each side add to their respective totals before the short whistle. Sherlock (free and a mark) plus a superb Eoghan McSweeny effort for Cork, Tom Lahiff and Ciaran Kilkenny for Dublin.

Rock converted a straightforward free immediately after the resumption before Brian Hurley had a shot blocked from a tight angle.

Another pair of Rock frees made it a six-point game as Cork’s attempts to reduce the deficit repeatedly floundered due to Dublin’s increased defensive efforts. A Brian Fenton point extended Dublin’s advantage, 0-14 to 0-7, John Cleary sprung Sean Meehan and Daniel Dineen from the bench.

Instead, Dublin continued to press forward and Dean Rock’s seventh free made Cork’s task even harder. A magnificent Brian Fenton effort added to their opponents' misery until John O’Rourke landed Cork’s first score of the second half after 55 minutes.

Lee Gannon came up from the back to make it 0-17 to 0-8 before Cathail O’Mahony converted two frees in quick succession as a previously entertaining quarter-final petered out.

Aaron Byrne kicked over a superb score after coming on. Late Kilkenny and Rock scores put the seal on a commanding second-half Dublin performance and victory.

Brian Fenton of Dublin is challenged by Ian Maguire of Cork. Picture: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Brian Fenton of Dublin is challenged by Ian Maguire of Cork. Picture: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Scorers for Dublin: D Rock 0-9 (0-8 f, 0-1 mark), C Kilkenny 0-3, B Fenton, L Gannon 0-2 each, C Costello, S Bugler, P Small, T Lahiff, A Byrne 0-1 each.

Cork: S Sherlock 0-3 (0-2 f), C O’Mahony 0-3 (0-1 f, 0-1 mark), B Hurley 0-2, E McSweeney, J O’Rourke 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: E Comerford; E Murchan, M Fitzsimons, L Gannon; J Small, J Cooper, S Bulger; B Fenton, T Lahiff; N Scully, B Howard, C Kilkenny; C Costello, D Rock, P Small.

Subs: L O’Dell for Bugler (52), C Murphy for Cooper (55), A Byrne for Small (60), E O’Connell for Murchan (67), D Byrne for Small (69).

CORK: MA Martin (Nemo Rangers); S Powter (Douglas), M Shanley (Clonakilty), K O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers); J Cooper (Éire Óg), R Maguire (Castlehaven), M Taylor (Mallow); I Maguire (St Finbarr’s), C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg); P Ring (Aghabullogue), E McSweeney (Knocknagree), J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers); S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s), B Hurley (Castlehaven, joint-captain), C O’Mahony (Mitchelstown).

Subs: S Meehan (Kiskeam, joint-captain) for Ring (48), Daniel Dineen (Cill na Martra) for McSweeney (48), B Hayes (St Finbarr’s) for Sherlock (54, inj), C Kiely (Ballincollig) for Cooper (55), B Murphy (St Vincent’s) for O’Callaghan (69).

Referee: S Hurson (Tyrone).

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