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O'Neill and Kerrigan shine in attack as Cork footballers claim vital win away to Derry

Danny Tallon hit two goals for the home side in Celtic Park.

Colm O'Neill and Paul Kerrigan pointed the way for Cork today.
Colm O'Neill and Paul Kerrigan pointed the way for Cork today.
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Cork 0-20
Derry 2-10

COLM O’NEILL AND Paul Kerrigan pointed the way as the Cork footballers claimed a vital win over Derry in Celtic Park this afternoon.

In a game that was marred by a lengthy stoppage in the opening half for an injury to Derry’s Jason Rocks, Cork closed out the game for a significant victory to ease their relegation fears.

O’Neill contributed 0-11 while captain Kerrigan weighed in with 0-5 as Cork enjoyed a successful away trip after recent dispiriting outings when drawing against Meath and losing to Clare.

Danny Tallon hit two goals for the home side who stay rooted to bottom of the table and are in big danger of the drop ahead of next Sunday’s final game away to Fermanagh.

Cork were ahead 0-10 to 1-6 at the interval against a Derry team that welcomed back Chrissy McKaigue and Brendan Rogers from All-Ireland club finalists Slaughtneil.

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Towards the end of a marathon first-half Tallon found the net for Derry yet Cork kicked on early in the second-half to forge ahead.

A second Tallon goal in the 52nd minute brought Derry back into contention once more yet Cork showed composure that has been lacking of late, to see off their opponents.

O’Neill’s scoring exploits included four points from play while all of Kerrigan’s five points came from open play as well. That duo were the difference in a crucial victory for Peadar Healy’s team.

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