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Late goals rescue Cork hurlers and ensure Galway suffer setback of relegation

Seamus Harnedy and Patrick Horgan struck key late goals.

Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Cork 2-22
Galway 0-25

Declan Rooney reports from Pearse Stadium

GALWAY HAVE BEEN relegated to Division 1B of the Allianz hurling league after a couple of late goals from Cork’s Seamus Harnedy and Patrick Horgan rescued the Rebels at Pearse Stadium today.

Galway looked to be cruising to safety after they had recovered from a five-point deficit midway through the first-half to lead by three points with ten minutes remaining.

But despite 0-13 haul from the brilliant Joe Canning, Galway collapsed at the death as Harnedy and Horgan fired the goals that see Cork retain their top flight status.

Cork held a five-point lead as they were 0-9 to 0-4 ahead after just 12 minutes. They were spectacular in those opening exchanges, all nine points came from play, from five different scorers as the Galway defence proved generous in the extreme with their loose marking.

After four minutes Cork led 0-3 to 0-1 as Alan Cadagon, Brian Lawton and Daniel Kearney all found the target for the Rebels, and after Canning and Cathal Mannion pointed for the home side to level it, three in a row from Lawton, Kearney and Bill Copper put Cork on the front foot.

Andy Smith did stop the run of Cork scorers with a good point from the right for Galway, but another three without reply from Conor Lehane (2) and Cadagon put Cork well ahead.

But as good as Cork had been to that point, they still only led 0-14 to 0-13 at half-time as Canning began to exert an influence on the action.

Aidan Harte pointed for Galway before he left the action in a dazed state, but six of the last seven points of the half meant Galway were well in it at the interval.

With Canning on from from placed balls Galway were good value for for an 0-18 to 0-17 lead after 46 minutes – the first time they led in the game – but with Lehane in superb form for Cork they were soon level.

A Canning 65, a point from Pardaig Behony and a Canning free soon had Galway three point clear, but when Harnedy’s mis-hit shot found the net in the 61st minute and Lehane pointed immediately, Cork went a point ahead.

Cathal Mannion drew Galway level with five minutes to go, but when Horgan pulled a loose ball to the net in the 68th minute the win was Cork’s.

Scorers – Cork: Patrick Horgan 1-7 (0-3f), Conor Lehane 0-6, Alan Cadagon 0-3, Seamus Harnedy 1-0, Daniel Kearney 0-2, Brian Lawton 0-2, William Egan 0-1, Bill Cooper 0-1.

Scorers – Galway: Joe Canning 0-13 (11f, 1’65, 1’sl), Niall Burke 0-3, Cathal Mannion 0-3, David Burke 0-1, Aidan Harte 0-1, Padraig Brehony 0-1, Conor Whelan 0-1, Iarla Tannian 0-1, Amdy Smith 0-1.

Cork

1 Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2 Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)
3 Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
4 Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields)

5 Cormac Murphy (Blackrock)
6 Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
7 Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk)

8 William Egan (Kilbrin)
9 Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)

10 Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr),
11 Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12 Bill Cooper (Youghall)

13 Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14 Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)
15 Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers).

Subs:
22 John Cronin (Lisgoold) for Cadogan (58)
23 William Leahy (Aghada) for Lawton (66)
17 Killian Burke (Midleton) for Kearney (71)

Galway

1 James Skehill (Cappataggle)

5 David Collins (Liam Mellows)
3 John Hanbury (Rahoon Newcastle)
2 Paul Hoban (Loughrea)

4 Adrian Tuohy (Beagh)
6 David Burke (c) (St Thomas)
7 Aidan Harte (Gort)

8 Davy Glennon (Mullagh)
9 Padraig Brehony (Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry)

17 Andy Smith (Portumna)
14 Joe Canning (Portumna)
10 Niall Burke (Oranmore/Maree)

12 Conor Whelan (Kinvara)
13 Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh/Fohenagh)
15 Jason Flynn (Tommy Larkins).

Subs:
18 Iarla Tannian (Ardrahan) for Harte (17-22 blood & 28),
24 Kevin Hussey (Turloughmore) for Hoban (35)
23 Cyril Donnellan for Flynn (62)

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath).

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