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Full-time: Dublin 4-20 Cork 1-17

Good afternoon and welcome to The42‘s live coverage of this evening’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash between Dublin and Cork at Croke Park. Jackie Cahill here taking you through the action and later we’ll have a report and reaction from our GAA editor Fintan O’Toole, who’s at GAA HQ.

It’s a big game for both counties, Cork looking to finally get off the mark after losing to Galway and Waterford in their opening fixtures, with Dublin looking for a second win on the bounce following an impressive victory over Galway at Parnell Park last time out.

Time for a look at the teams and we’ll you know of any late changes, if any, in due course.

Dublin

1. Conor Dooley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

2. Eoghan O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)
3. Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala)
4. Oisin Gough (Cuala)

5. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)
6. Liam Rushe (St Pat’s Palmerstown)
7. Johnny McCaffrey (Lucan Sarsfields)

8. Darragh O’Connell (Cuala)
9. Daire Plunkett (St Brigid’s)

10. Sean McGrath (Kilmacud Crokes)
11. Niall McMorrow (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
12. Eamonn Dillon (Nh Fionnbarra)

13. David O’Callaghan (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
14. David Treacy (Cuala)
15. Mark Schutte (Cuala)

Cork

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2. Killian Burke (Midleton)
3. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
4. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)

5. Damian Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)

8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfield)
9. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)

10. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
11. Seamus Harnedy (St Itas)
12. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)

13. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
14. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

Dublin won’t need reminding that Cork hit a whopping tally of 34 points when the sides met at Croke Park a year ago. Unfortunately, it was a game marred by Christopher Joyce’s cruciate knee ligament injury but thankfully the Cork defender is back to full fitness and named at full back this evening. Cast your mind back 12 months by clicking here.

Later in the year, Cork and Dublin met again in the Allianz League, this time at the semi-final stage. Cork came from 12 points down to snatch victory at Nowlan Park. Here’s the match report from that game.

Cork players have been on the pitch for a look around before getting ready for throw-in.

Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

There’s one late change on the Dublin team, with Fionn O’Riain Broin from St Jude’s coming in for Chris Crummey.

Croke Park is looking resplendent ahead of this evening’s double-header, with the footballers of Dublin and Cork set to do battle at 7pm, after the hurling clash between the counties.

Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

We’ll take a short break but we’re back in plenty of time for throw-in, and we’ll let you know if there any late changes on the Cork team.

Here’s a quick check on tonight’s other fixtures:

Allianz Football League

Division 2
Cavan v Armagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, 7pm
Tyrone v Derry, Healy Park, Omagh, 7pm,  (Live Setanta)

Division 4
Waterford v Wexford, Fraher Field, 7pm

Allianz Hurling League

Division 1B
Laois v Clare, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 7pm

Correction to earlier Dublin team update: It’s Shane Barrett who’ll start for Chris Crummey.

And Luke O’Farrell is in for Stephen Moylan on the Cork team.

Almost ready to go at Croke Park.

Alan Kelly is the match referee from Galway – he refereed this game 12 months ago also.

Beautiful evening for hurling at Croke Park.

1 min – Dublin 0-0 Cork 0-1

Lovely opening point for Cork from Luke O’Farrell, a late inclusion on the Cork team.

2 min – Dublin 0-0 Cork 0-2

Conor Lehane pops over a second point for Cork.

4 min – Dublin 0-2 Cork 0-2

Eamon Dillon opens Dublin’s account with a fine score from the touchline, before David Treacy equalises from the Cork puckout.

5 min – Dublin 0-2 Cork 0-3 

Score a minute stuff in the early exchanges as Luke O’Farrell pops over a second from distance.

6 min – Dublin 0-2 Cork 0-4

Anything O’Farrell can do, Conor Lehane can too as he notches his second point.

Midleton pair O’Farrell and Lehane have opened this game brilliantly for Cork.

12 min – Dublin 0-3 Cork 0-4

David Treacy pops over a Dublin free.

14 min – Dublin 0-4 Cork 0-4

David Treacy’s second free, and third point in total, levels it up for the second time.

15 min – Dublin 0-6 Cork 0-4

Liam Rushe with a superb long range point to hand Dublin the lead for the first time, before David Treacy hits his second from play. Cork being punished for some looseness at the back.

It’s over ten minutes since Cork scored, as Dublin’s Sean McGrath is booked.

19 min – Dublin 0-7 Cork 0-4

Dublin put together a lovely possession move which ends with Daire Plunkett’s long range point.

19 min – Dublin 0-8 Cork 0-4

Another cracking Dublin point following sweet interchange play, this time it’s Niall McMorrow with the score.

20 min – Dublin 1-8 Cork 0-4

Eamon Dillon shows Stephen McDonnell a clean pair of heels before drilling a shot past Anthony Nash. Dublin on fire.

23 min – Dublin 2-8 Cork 0-4

Another Dublin goal as Eamon Dillon this time turns provider for David Treacy, who applies the low finish. Cork in big, big trouble here after a promising start.

25 min – Dublin 3-8 Cork 0-4

This in incredible! This time it’s Mark Schutte cutting through the Cork defence before off-loading to Sean McGrath, who rams his shot past Anthony Nash. This three-goal blast has Cork in all sorts of trouble.

26 min – Dublin 3-8 Cork 0-5

Cork’s first score for some 20 minutes, as Patrick Horgan stops the rot from a free.

27 mins – Dublin 3-9 Cork 0-5

Eamon Dillon really enjoying himself as he slots over a Dublin point.

Cork manager Kieran Kingston makes a substitution as Lorcán McLoughlin comes in for Cormac Murphy.

29 mins – Dublin 3-10 Cork 0-5

Dublin’s points tally moves into double figures as Shane Barrett converts a point from distance, they can’t miss at the moment.

35+2 mins – Dublin 3-12 Cork 0-8

More good work by Dillon rewarded with a free – and David Treacy converts.

35+3 mins – Dublin 3-12 Cork 0-9

Patrick Horgan with a Cork free.

That’s one hell of a first half from Dublin, let us know your thoughts in the comments section. We’ll be back in plenty of time for the second half.

After a bright start, Cork are well behind at half-time against Dublin at Croke Park.

Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

Here are the thoughts of our GAA editor Fintan O’Toole at Croke Park:

Cork’s poor league form hasn’t improved so far this evening. They were ripped apart midway through the half as Dublin raced through for three goals. Credit to Dublin though, they’ve looked excellent particularly in the form up front of Eamon Dillon and David Treacy.

We’re back underway at Croke Park.

Cork will want to make this competitive in the second half, conscious of scoring difference. Surely we’ll see an improved showing from the Rebels?

37 mins – Dublin 3-13 Cork 0-9

And yet it’s Dublin who get off to a bright start, with Mark Schutte putting over the opening point of the second half.

41 mins – Dublin 3-13 Cork 0-10

Patrick Horgan opens Cork’s second half account with a free.

42 mins – Dublin 3-13 Cork 0-11

Horgan’s second free in a minute, this time from one he won himself.

43 mins – Dublin 3-14 Cork 0-11

David O’Callaghan becomes Dublin’s ninth different scorer on the night.

Cork make another change as Paudie O’Sullivan comes in for Pa Cronin.

48 mins – Dublin 4-14 Cork 0-11

A fourth Dublin goal, and a second from Eamon Dillon. This is a rout.

51 mins – Dublin 4-14 Cork 0-12

Cork trying to salvage something from this game, as Patrick Horgan adds a free, but it’s hugely impressive stuff from the Dubs.

51 mins – Dublin 4-15 Cork 0-12

An indication of Dublin’s dominance is the fact that all of their starting half-backs have now scored, Johnny McCaffrey on target this time.

57 mins – Dublin 4-16 Cork 0-12

David Treacy knocks over another free to pile the misery on Cork.

Eamon Dillon celebrates his second, and Dublin's fourth goal at Croke Park. Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

59 mins – Dublin 4-16 Cork 0-13

Consolation point for Cork, scored by Paul Haughney. The margin is 15 points between the sides.

62 mins – Dublin 4-17 Cork 0-13

Shane Barrett’s second point for Dublin is another long-range cracker, after Seamus Harnedy is kept out at the other end.

63 mins – Dublin 4-17 Cork 0-14

Brian Lawton with a quick response for Cork but it’s too little, too late.

64 mins – Dublin 4-18 Cork 0-14

David Treacy’s been excellent for Dublin tonight and he adds to his tally with a monstrous free.

64 mins – Dublin 4-19 Cork 0-14

Dublin keep the scoreboard ticking over as Mark Schutte lands a point from play.

67 mins – Dublin 4-20 Cork 0-15

All too easy for Dublin as Eamon Dillon pops over yet another point. Cork respond with another consolation score through Seamus Harnedy.

70 mins – Dublin 4-20 Cork 0-17

Paul Haughney’s second point, from a 65, is a token gesture from Cork. It’s added to by Conor Lehane, who puts over his fourth score.

We’re into 4 minutes of additional time at Croke Park.

70+2 mins – Dublin 4-20 Cork 1-17

Seamus Harnedy credited with a consolation for Cork that creeps over the Dublin line, after Paudie O’Sullivan’s initial drive was beaten away by the massed Sky Blue ranks.

And that’s it from our hurling coverage, as Seamus Harnedy bags a late consolation goal for Cork. It’s a disappointing evening for the Rebels but Dublin have now racked up back to back victories in the Allianz Hurling League. Can the footballers make it a Dublin double? Click here to find out. Stay logged in for a match report, analysis and reaction to Dublin’s massive hurling victory from our GAA editor Fintan O’Toole.

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