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Cork shake off challenge of Limerick to qualify for Munster junior decider

The Rebels ran out three-point winners in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Cork's John McLoughlin up against Limerick's Michael Lyons.
Cork's John McLoughlin up against Limerick's Michael Lyons.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Cork 0-16
Limerick 0-13

Denis Hurley reports from Páirc Uí Rinn

Four unanswered points in the final six minutes helped Cork to advance past the stiff challenge of Limerick in the Munster JFC semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn this afternoon.

The Rebels, winners of five of the past 10 All-Irelands at the grade, were strong favourites given that they were able to include members of the successful 2013 side, but the Shannonsiders, with the aid of a win over Clare, put it up to them for long periods.

While Cork led by 0-2 to no score early on, a pair of Michael Lyons points, allied to scores from Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Jason Mullins, put Limerick ahead as the home wides tally began to mount.

Cork midfielder Micheál Ó Laoire came closest to a goal in the opening half, his fisted effort kept out by Gearóid Greaney, but by and large the sides matched each other point for point, 0-7 each the half-time score.

Seamus OÕCarroll and Colm Hyde Limerick's Seamus O'Carroll and Cork's Colm Hyde Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The third quarter was fairly even too, Alan Barry and early sub Séamus Hickey impressing in the Cork attack while Jimmy Barry-Murphy got into the groove for Limerick and by the 45th minute it was 0-11 each.

Barry fisted over to put Cork in front but Limerick led for the first time in the second half as Killian Ryan’s point was followed by Barry-Murphy’s fifth. Though Seán Kiely blazed wide with a goal effort, Cork levelled through Barry and then Hickey put them in front again.

Séamus O’Carroll was unlucky to hit the post with a late Limerick point attempt and Cork made the most of that let-of as Mark Sugrue and Hickey gave them breathing space.

Scorers for Cork: Séamus Hickey, Alan Barry 0-4 each, Mark Sugrue (0-1f) 0-3, Seán Kiely 0-2, John Corkery, Brian Coughlan, Anthony O’Connor 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Jimmy Barry-Murphy 0-5 (0-3f), Michael Lyons, Jason Mullins (0-2 frees) 0-3 each, Séamus O’Carroll, Killian Ryan 0-1 each.

Cork

1. Anthony Seymour (Castlehaven)

2. AJ O’Connor (Kiskeam)
3. Colm Hyde (Naomh Abán)
4. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)

5. Seán Kiely (Macroom)
6. Jason Collins (St Mary’s)
7. Bart Daly (Newmarket)

8. Micheál Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán)
9. Cillian Brosnan (Brian Dillons)

10. John Corkery (Aghabullogue)
11. Brian Coughlan (Kinsale)
12. Mark Sugrue (Bandon)

13. Anthony O’Connor (Knocknagree)
14. Paul Condon (Mayfield)
15. Alan Barry (Glanmire).

Subs:

22. Séamus Hickey (Rockchapel) for Coughlan (7, injured)
11. Coughlan for Condon (38)
17. Darren Murphy (Ballincollig) for Hyde (48)
21. Peter Daly (St Mary’s) for Corkery (50-52, blood)

Limerick

1. Gearóid Greaney (Dromcollogher-Broadford)

2. Seán Barrett (Bruff)
3. Kevin Brosnan (Monagea)
4. Brian Hannigan (Feenagh-Kilmeedy)

5. Tony McCarthy (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)
6. Mike Sheehan (Fr Caseys)
7. James Naughton (St Senan’s)

8. David Ward (Fr Caseys)
9. Tony McMahon (Pallasgreen)

20. W Cronin (St Patrick’s)
11. Séamus O’Carroll (Cappagh)
12. Killian Ryan (Mungret)

13. Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Ballylanders)
14. Jason Mullins (St Patrick’s)
18. Michael Lyons (Adare).

Subs
17. Thomas Butler (Feohanagh-Castlemahon) for Ward (16)
23. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen) for McMahon (34)
10. Kevin Barry (Pallasgreen) for Naughton (43)
22. Michael O’Donovan (Galbally) for Ryan (49)
15. Thomas Quilligan (Newcastlewest) for Lyons (52).

Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford).

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