We have live score updates from the division one clash between Cork v Dublin.
Cork and Dublin meet in the final round of matches of Division One of the Allianz National Football League this Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh(2.30). It is a winner takes all clash, as both counties still have a chance of making the semi-finals of the competition.
The home side currently lie in second place in the table, three points behind Kerry, who have already made the latter stages. A win for Cork would guarantee them a spot in the semis. Dublin have six points and need a win, or possibly a draw(depending on other results)if they are to play any further matches in this season’s league. Both sides have had a mixed campaign to date and will count themselves fortunate should they manage to reach the last four.
Cork dropped points away to Armagh in the opening round before recovering to beat Down on their second start. However, they can suffered a surprising defeat against Donegal that really set them back. Again they managed to dust themselves off and claim the points against Laois, before going down by two points at home against Kerry. A hard fought one point victory over Mayo in McHale Park in the last round was enough to keep their season alive. The Rebels have been a pale shadow of the side we know that the can be and this weekend they will need to step up and be counted if they wish to go any further.
The All Ireland champions have understandably been slow to hit the ground in this years league. A defeat against Kerry in the first round was followed by Laois and Armagh and Pat Gilroy’s side appeared to have regained some form and looked set to sail through the latter stages and contend for a semi-final berth. However, two defeats, against Down and Mayo have really made it a difficult task for the Dubs. A fourteen point defeat against the men from the west last weekend has left many questions to be answered and these will need to be addressed on Sunday.
Cork just appear to have the edge at this stage of the season and with home advantage they are taken to progress. The Mayo defeat is certain to be playing on the minds of the Leinster side, while Cork will be on a high having dug deep and saved their season against the same opposition.
Dublin (NFL v Cork) – Michael Savage, Cian O’Sullivan, Rory O’Carroll, Philly McMahon, Johnny Cooper, James McCarthy, Kevin Nolan, Seán Murray, Eamon Fennell, Davy Byrne, Michael Darragh Macauley, Bryan Cullen, Craig Dias, Diarmuid Connolly, Kevin McManamon.
Cork (NFL v Dublin): K O’Halloran; R Carey, M Shields, E Cotter; N O’Leary, G Canty, P Kissane; A O’Connor, P O’Neill; F Goold, P Kerrigan, P Kelly; C O’Neill, A Walsh, D O’Connor.