Cork qualified for an Allianz National Football League semi final date with Down, after seeing off All Ireland champions Dublin at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon.
The Rebels led from the outset and were 0-5 to 0-1 ahead after only quarter of an hour. Donncha O’Connor, Fintan Goold and Colm O’Neill were proving a real handful for the visitors defence and the home side looked a threat every time they ventured forward. A deflected goal from Aidan Walsh on twenty minutes proved to be the crucial score of the match. The score resulted from a high ball into the Dublin defence that hit off Walsh and ended up in the visitors net. Paul Kerrigan added two late points to leave the score at the interval 1-08 to 0-5 in Cork’s favour.
Dublin responded after the break and hit four points in quick succession through Bryan Cullen, Eamonn Fennell, Kevin McManamon and Michael Darragh MAuley. Diarmuid Connolly had chances to narrow the gap even further but the normally accurate free taker missed a couple of chances that could have closed the deficit.
Colm O’Neill and his namesake Pearse had the final say for the home side and their late points were enough to stretch out the Rebels advantage and see them advance to a semi final meeting with Down next weekend.
Cork – K O’Halloran; E Cotter, M Shields, R Carey; G Canty, E Cadogan, S Kiely; A O’Connor, P O’Neill (0-02); F Goold (0-01), P Kerrigan (0-02), P Kelly; C O’Neill (0-04, 0-02f), D O’Connor (0-02, 0-01f), A Walsh (1-01).
Subs used: B O’Driscoll for Walsh (31-33 mins, blood sub), P Kissane for Kiely (half-time), N Murphy for A O’Connor (60), N O’Leary for Cadogan (65), J O’Sullivan for Cotter (67).
Dublin – M Savage; R O’Carroll, P McMahon, C O’Sullivan; J Cooper, J McCarthy, K Nolan; S Murray, E Fennell (0-01); D Byrne, MD Macauley (0-02), B Cullen (0-02); C Dias, D Connolly (0-05, 0-02f), K McManamon (0-02).
Subs used: D Bastick for Murray (32 mins), B Cahill for Byrne (half-time), P Brogan for Nolan, D Kelly for Dias (both 62), R McConnell for Fennell (67).
Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)