Dublin have booked their place in the All- Ireland semi-final and have set up a meeting with Kerry or Cavan after a comprehensive results over Cork in Croke Park this evening.
Jack McCaffery goal, two minutes after half- time proving the difference between the sides. In truth, it was a wonderful game of football where both sides played some positive football. Jim Gavin knows that there is still work to do, they missed a number of goal chances, and should have put Cork away a little earlier than they did. This Dublin team did not perform at their level best and boss Gavin will remind his team of that as they prepare for a semi-final on the 1st of September.
Dublin won the midfield battle and this proved to be the catalyst for their victory along with a near perfect performance from Cluxton who scored from 6 out of his 7 attempts. Pace is one of the aspects that Dublin have in abundance and credit must go them for at all times playing positive football which was entertaining for any neutrals looking in. Nine different players scored for Dublin during this game and this made for some lovely open football.
Daniel Goulding got his sides first score when he scored off the left as Cork started brighter. Dublin responded when Cluxton scored a free on the 45 before following this up with a 45 from a similar position. Ciaran Sheehan then scored a wonderful point over his shoulder. Cork looked a little open down the middle and Michael Dara McCauley was finding it a little too easy at breaking down the middle. This was followed up with a soft foul on Mannion, and Cluxton was again on hand to score the 45 with aplomb. Hurley then registered his first point of the day after a good exchange with Goulding. All the forward line for Cork now scoring. Cork were doing well on the kickout early on and the score of the game came in the 12th minute when John O Rourke sliced the ball down the front of his boot to fire over from 55 metres out. It was the score of the day in Croke Park and rallied the rebel supporters in the crowd.
McCaffery, Connolly and Kilkenny all missed opportunities as they upped the ante and Cork upped the pressure on the kicker. The game really starting to warm up nicely. Dublin had a glorious goal chance denied before McCaffery fired over the recycled ball.
Niall Cahalane had the un-enviable job of taking a 45 into the hill 16, but the u21 star did not let the pressure get to him, slotting over to tie the game up at 5 points apiece. Ciaran Sheehan was causing hassle in the Dublin defence and made a super catch in the square which was rewarded with a free. Dublin then began to take a stranglehold and Paul Flynn and Ciaran Kilkenny converted points. Mark Collins then countered for Cork after Sheehan palmed down. Goal chances followed for both sides before Brogan scored a free to leave it at 9 points to 7 at half-time.
The second half was even more entertaining and open and McCaffery’s goal showed everyone in Croke Park just the type of pace that he possesses. Cluxton and Goulding then exchanged points. Substitute Dean Rock and Brian Hurley then scored at either end as the football flowed.
Diarmuid Connolly missed yet another goal chance when he put too much weight on a fist pass. Paul Kerrigan and Dean Rock scored as the game drew for a close and an inevitable conclusion. McManamon then announced his arrival as he sold a trademark dummy to point to tremendous applause from hill 16.
Dublin were now beginning to sense victory as the neutrals headed for the gates. Goulding fired over a goal chance before Kilkenny cancelled it out at the other end with his 2nd score of the day. Cluxton added his last of the day, before Loughrey and Bastick finished off the scoring.
Conor Counihan stood down as Cork manager after the game, stating that it was time for a fresh approach after six years in the job, landing the Sam Maguire for the rebel county in 2010.
Dublin advance to the semi-final and if they become more clinical in front of goal, will be hard stopped. Their midfield was outstanding today and their half back line added tremendous pace to the game. Sheehan showed that the full back line for Dublin are vulnerable and Kerry/Cavan will have been taken notes.
Final score from Croke Park: Dublin 1-16 Cork 14
Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; Jonny Cooper, Rory O’Carroll, Kevin O’Brien; James McCarthy, Ger Brennan, Jack McCaffrey; Michael Daragh Macauley, Cian O’Sullivan; Paul Flynn, Ciarán Kilkenny, Diarmuid Connolly; Paul Mannion, Eoghan O’Gara, Bernard Brogan.
Cork: Alan Quirke; Eoin Cadogan, Michael Shields, Thomas Clancy, Damien Cahalane, Graham Canty, James Loughrey, Alan O’Connor, Pearse O’Neill, Mark Collins, Aidan Walsh, John O’Rourke, Daniel Goulding, Ciarán Sheehan, Brian Hurley
Dublin now 6/4 to lift Sam
Tyrone cut into 6/1 following win over Monaghan
Following a five point win over Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final, Boylesports have cut Dublin into 6/4 from 2/1 to land a 24th All-Ireland title.
Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker has also shortened Tyrone into 6/1 from 11/1 following a two point win over Monaghan and they now will face either Mayo or Donegal in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at Boylesports said “Dublin battled well to progress past Cork and are now clear All-Ireland favourites but the semi-final won’t be an easy task against either Kerry or Cavan.”
He added “Tyrone edged out Monaghan in a very competitive quarter final and are now into 6/1 to lift Sam Maguire for the fourth time.”
All Ireland Football 2013