Michael Hurley (left) hit a hat-trick for Cork against Limerick tonight. James Crombie/INPHO
Rebel Roar

Cork fire six goals in 23-point victory against Limerick in Munster minor clash

Michael Hurley and Damien Buckley both bagged a brace of goals for the Rebels.

Cork 6-15
Limerick 1-7

CORK ENJOYED A pain-free passage to the semi-finals of the Electric Ireland Munster MFC as they easily overpowered Limerick at Páirc Uí Rinn this evening.

From the very start, Cork dominated proceedings as Michael Hurley scored a goal and a point inside the opening two minutes and by half-time they moved 4-11 to 0-2 in front of their visitors, who struggled to gain any kind of a foothold on proceedings.

With Seán O’Leary and Brian Coakley well on top at midfield, Cork were able to apply constant pressure on the Limerick defence and further goals followed from Damien Buckley, Hurley again and then Seán O’Donoghue following a brilliant team move.

In such circumstances, the second half was never likely to have much in the way of drama. Buckley got his second and Cork’s fifth goal when he finished following a delivery by Shane Kingston – scorer of five points –but Cork did not have anything like the same intensity.

Limerick found slightly more joy and scored a goal in the 41st minute through Mikey Morrissey, who battled hard all through. Cork sub Christopher Moynihan got his name on the scoresheet in the closing stages as he netted for their sixth goal and by the end there were 23 points between the teams.

Cork now wait to meet the winner of the losers’ play-off in the semi-finals.

Sean O'Donoghue celebrates at the final whistle Sean O'Donoghue raised a green flag for the Cork minors tonight. Ryan Byrne / INPHO Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

Scorers for Cork: Michael Hurley 2-4 (0-1 free), Damien Buckley 2-2 (0-2 free), Shane Kingston 0-5, Seán O’Donoghue 1-1, Christopher Moynihan 1-0, Brian Coakley, Maidc Ó Duinnín, Séamus Ronayne 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Mikey Morrissey 1-2, Richard Hayes 0-2 (frees), Tommy Childs, Gary McCarthy, Brian Hurley 0-1 each.

CORK: Colm O’Driscoll; Cian O’Donovan, Seán Powter, Kevin Flahive; Tom Bushe, Daniel Meaney, Cian Kiely; Seán O’Leary, Brian Coakley; Seán O’Donoghue, Maidc Ó Duinnín, Séamus Ronayane; Damien Buckley, Michael Hurley, Shane Kingston.

Subs: David O’Neill for Kiely, Christopher Moynihan for O’Donoghue (both half-time), Martin Collins for Meaney (42), Michael Cottrell for Hurley (46), John Mullins for Bushe (51), Anthony Kidney for O’Driscoll (53).

LIMERICK: Andy Brudair; Luke O’Connell, Seán Murphy, Stephan Brosnan; Fiachra O’Grady, Cormac Flanagan, Seán Ivess; Tommy Childs, Mark Reidy; Mikey Morrissey, Richard Hayes, Kieran Daly; Conor Burke, Killian Ryan, Shane Stack.

Subs: Dara Noonan for O’Connell (27), Brendan Stack for Murphy, David Hanley for Ivess (both half-time), Gary McCarthy for Burke (39), David Mackin for O’Grady (51), Brian Hurley for Daly (57).

Referee: Séamus Mulvihill (Kerry).

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