Cork 1-14 v 2-23 Galway FT
Galway advanced to the All-Ireland quarter finals with an emphatic 12 point win over Cork in a one-sided but entertaining game at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.
Cork started the better side and immediately put Galway under pressure with Paude O’Sullivan grabbing a goal after 30 seconds due in the main to a James Skehill error in the Galway goal.
Galway took a while to find the rhythm of the match and O’Sullivan took advantage adding three points as The Tribesmen were guilty of sloppy finishing, Iarla Tannion, Joe Canning and David Burke were all culpable.
Despite the slow start Galway’s hunger was evident, they chased down the Cork back-line and midfield throughout and eventually the quality ball that O’Sullivan needed disappeared.
Up front, the movement of Canning, Tannion, Burke and Ger Farragher reeked havoc among the Cork back line and the class that was missing against Dublin started to show.
Canning was again pivotal for The Tribesmen, scoring ten points and being involved in much of Galway’s scoring if it were not for a good goalkeeping and poor refereeing he would have had two goals as well.
Donal Óg Cusack saved a penalty after 23 minutes and later in the game the Portumna man bulldozed his way through the Cork defence and scored only for the referee to call play back for a foul on Canning.
Damien Hayes added a goal soon after and from there on in it was all Galway.
They were superior in every aspect of play, winning most of the balls in defence and turning the ball around quickly and it was soon clear that a six point cushion was never going to be enough against a forward line of this strength.
Truth be told Cork never showed the ability to cope with Galway, Gerry O’Connor in particular was at a loss what to do against the well disciplined Galway midfield for much of the game.
Cork attempted to stay in touch with Pat Horgan and Cian McCarthy adding points early in the second half with the latter being substituted as the game reached its climax despite being one of Cork’s few productive players.
Galway were out of sight with ten minutes left and with their tails in the air they saw out the match playing some lovely passing hurling.
Cork manager Denis Walsh may point to the future of his young players but with his contract now up it seems unlikely he will be asked to continue on in the role.
Joe McIntyre, the Galway manager, has faced his share of criticism too this year and for the opening twenty minutes it looked as though an upset could be on the cards but in the end they will be looking for reasons why they can’t go all the way.
Galway created 41 scoring chances in total and with the forward-line firing as they did today and against Clare it will take something special to outscore them.
Full-time Galway are through to the last six and as good as they were Cork will be disappointed with their performance allowing Galway to take over as they did in the second half
70min+1 Horgan tries an ambitious free but Skehill blocks it on the lin
70min We’re into added time now, Galway are all but through
69min Canning with a lovely handpass over his shoulder to Burke who strikes over
68min Cork put some pressure on now but they’ll only add a consolation at this stage
65min Young Lehan opens his account immediately
65min Cork change, Lehan on for Niall McCarthy, Galway: Cullen on for Gantley
64min Cork play themselves into trouble and that man Canning grabs his tenth
63min Kevin Hynes on for Tannion
63min Joe Canning scores his ninth of the match
61min That should be game over for Cork, bar the opening five minutes Galway have been by far the better team
61min GOAL – Donnellan must have been champing at the bit, he bears down on goal and fires into the net
60min Alan Keirns makes way for Cyril Donnellan
59min Canning takes the point but that should have been a goal
59min Joe Canning with a great run and goal, but it’s disallowed as referee calls play back for a foul on Canning. Silly decision, will it matter?
58min Bill Cooper makes his mark with a point
57min Hayes with another point for Galway
56min Strange decision of Denis Whelan to take off McCarthy as he was one of Cork’s better players with three points
55min Cian McCarthy and Gerry O’Connor comes off, poor display from O’Connor who never got to grips with the Galway midfield
55min Farragher with his fourth point of the match
53min Two changes for Cork, Lorcan McLoughlin and Bill Cooper are readying themselves on the sidelines. It’s now or never for the Rebels
52min Galway’s forward line are a class above, great movement and passing all day
51min Burke adds another for Galway
50min Cork’s fans are making all the noise now as Cork get back into the game
49min Horgan safely puts it over the bar
48min O’Sullivan with a chance for goal saved, Cork win a free in melee following the rebound
47min Tannion with his first of the match
46min Farragher adds another for Galway, Cathal Naughton on for Shane O’Neill for Cork
45min Score of the match from Cian McCarthy, Cork are working the ball well but not taking their scores often enough
42min Galway’s forward line put pressure on Cork’s defence but give away a free in the end
41min Cork are getting a bit more value from Donal Óg’s puck-outs now, Cian McCarthy with a point
40min After a bit of loose play from both sides in the midfield, Egan shoots wide from distance for Cork
39min After sloppy finishing at the start Galway are finding scores a lot easier now, Canning with another
38min Horgan from a free, game is starting to level out
37min The movement of Tannion, Canning and Hayes is reeking havoc among the Cork defence
36min Point for Cork, but Galway are still in the ascendency
35min Galway stretching away, Farragher with his second of the day
HT – A great turnaround from Galway
35+1min Canning sends a free over
33min Hayes with a goal, Galway well and truly on top now
31min Hayes gives Galway the lead for the first time
30min Canning levels the score
29min Canning for Galway
28min Niall McCarthy for Cork
27min Tannian for Galway
26min Horgan again
25min Horgan with a point
24min Canning puts the 65 over
23min Saved – Donal Óg turns Canning’s penalty around for a 65
23min Hard work pays off for Galway, penalty conceded by Stephen McDonnell
21min Canning guides the ball over the bar from a free
21min Horgan grabs a point
20min Canning hasn’t found his range yet today, another wide
18min Joe Farragher with a point as Galway creep back into this
17min Gantley with a point for Galway
16min The pace has gone out of the game as Galway regroup
14min Cian McCarthy with a point, well worked score from The Rebels
13min Fifth wide from Galway, sloppy display so far
12min Horgan with a wide for Cork
11min Joe Canning gets his first of the day
10min The 20,000 or so Galway fans get their first chance to cheer, point from Smith
9min Canning wide from a 65
8min Another point from O’Sullivan
8min Another wide for Galway, Tannian this time. Slow start for The Tribesmen
6min O’Sullivan gets another, Cork playing with great intensity
3min wide for Galway in a rapid opening to the game
2min O’Sullivan with a point, dream start for Cork
1min James Skehill with a disastrous mistake in the Galway goal, gifting Cork the goal
1min GOAL -Paidi O Sullivan with a goal after 30secs
0min There’s a 18,000 strong crowd in the sun soaked Gaelic Grounds today for a defining day for both these counties. After poor starts to the campaign a loss here will mark not just the end of the summer but the end of the road for the losing manager. My prediction, Joe Canning to keep Joe McIntyre in a job. The National Anthem is finished and we’re almost off.
Cork (SH v Galway): D Og Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S O’Neill; J O’Connor, W Egan; B O’Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L O’Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.
Galway (SH v Cork): J Skehill; F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Collins; D Barry, T Óg Regan, A Cullinane; D Burke, A Smith; J Gantley, G Farragher, I Tannian; D Hayes, Joe Canning, A Kerins.
It is a testament to the strength of this year’s hurling championship and the frailties of these two giants that one of them will spend the rest of the summer watching from the outside.
Cork were always going to be up against it having drawn All-Ireland champions Tipperary in the Munster quarter-final but Galway were shallacked by the Dubs only to respond defiantly last weekend, thrashing Clare by 17 points.
If Galway have been inconsistent, Cork have been irreconcilable so far in the championship.
The loss to Tipp was no surprise but having demolished Laois 10-20 to 1-13 three weeks ago they were lucky to scrape past Offally the following week, winning by five points only after a late burst edged them through.
Galway seem to have been shaken awake by defeat to Dublin and with Joe Canning returning to his best they could well have an outside chance of going all the way in this year’s championship – the Portumna man gave a lesson in individual attacking against Clare.
The Tribesmen’s line-up is peppered with star players, Tony Óg Regan has been as solid as any centre-back and corner-forward Damien Hayes was resplendent against Clare.
Denis Walsh has kept faith in his team and will make only one change ahead of this match with veteran Ronan Curran joining the half-back line, shifting William Egan to midfield in place of the suspended Joe Cronin.
Galway manager Joe McIntyre has seen no reason to change the line-up that knocked 4-25 past Clare last weekend.
CORK – D Og Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S O’Neill; J O’Connor, W Egan; B O’Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L O’Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan
GALWAY – J Skehill; F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Collins; D Barry, T Óg Regan, A Cullinane; D Burke, A Smith; J Gantley, G Farragher, I Tannian; D Hayes, Canning, A Kerins
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