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Division 1A HL: Galway and Cork divide the spoils out west

It was tight and tense at Pearse Stadium as Galway and Cork both took a point from a scrappy encounter.

Joe Canning was outstanding again for Galway scoring ten points.
Joe Canning was outstanding again for Galway scoring ten points.
Image: ©INPHO/Mike Shaughnessy

Galway 2-12
Cork 2-12

Galway and Cork divided the spoils at the end of a scrappy and tight Division 1A contest at Pearse Stadium.

A furious wind spoiled the game, but Cork will be encouraged by the manner in which they eked out a draw.

Jimmy Barry Murphy’s charges trailed by four points late on and were playing against the breeze, but a delightful 60th minute goal from Paudie O’Sullivan restored parity.

Joe Canning nudged Galway in front with a free, but Cian McCarthy levelled again and Cork departed with a point.

It had been a strange clash in the west with a Davy Glennon goal crafted by Joe Canning in the 21st minute helping Galway into a 1-3 to 0-4 interval advantage.

From then until the interval it was hard fought, but a goal on the stroke of half-time from an Anthony Nash penalty had Cork 1-7 to 1-6 in the ascendancy.

After the restart the game followed a similar pattern, but when Cyril Donnellan netted a 51st minute goal Galway assumed a decent position.

The Tribesmen were protecting a 2-10 to 1-9 cushion, but Cork came swinging back with Luke O’Farrell menacing and substitute Cian McCarthy impressing.

McCarthy manufactured the 60th minute goal chance for O’Sullivan, who expertly controlled the sliotar before rifling past Colm Callanan.

Canning and McCarthy then swapped frees, but the closing stages were tense as neither side could land a winner.

Cork now face an awkward assignment in Nowlan Park against Kilkenny, while Galway must defeat Waterford to avoid bottom spot.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-10 (5fs, 165, 1 sideline), Cyril Donnellan 1-2, Davy Glennon 1-0.

Scorers for Cork: Paudie O’Sullivan 1-1, Anthony Nash 1-0 (pen), Lorcan McLoughlin 0-3, Cian McCarthy 0-2, Conor Lehane 0-1, Luke O’Farrell 0-1, Pa Cronin 0-1, William Egan 0-1, Stephen Moylan 0-1, Pa Horgan 0-1 (f).

Galway: Colm Callanan (Kinvara); Johnny Coen (Loughrea), Kevin Hynes (Sarsfields), Fergal Moore (Turloughmore); Niall Donoghue (Kilbeacanty), David Collins (Liam Mellows), Aidan Harte (Gort); Iarla Tannian (Ardrahan), Andy Smyth (Portumna); Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields), Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan), Davy Glennon (Mullagh); Cyril Donnellan (Padraig Pearses), Joe Canning (Portumna), Damian Hayes (Portumna).

Subs: Tadhg Haran (Liam Mellows) for Glennon (65), Brian Flaherty (Abbeyknockmoy) for Smyth (68).

Cork: Anthony Nash (Kanturk); Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown), Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers), Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields); Tom Kenny (Grenagh), Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), William Egan (Kilbrin); Pa Cronin (Bishopstown), Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk); Conor Lehane (Midleton), Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne), Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s); Luke O’Farrell (Midleton), Adrian Mannix (Kilworth), Pa Horgan (Glen Rovers).

Subs: Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields) for Harnedy (36), Cathal Naughton for Horgan (45), Stephen Moylan (Douglas) for Mannix (52), Stephen White (Ballygarvan) for Egan (65).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford).

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