Dublin 2-17 Cork 2-18
CORK maintained their excellent start to the League as they shaded an entertaining battle with Dublin at Croke Parkyesterday.
If there was much to admire in their one-sided opening-round win over Waterford, Jimmy Barry-Murphy learned more from his young Rebels here as they impressively overturned a four-point deficit.
It was rough justice on Anthony Daly’s Dubs, who had recovered from a shaky start to storm back, with newcomer Danny Sutcliffe scoring an impressive 0-5 from play.
They looked to have done enough to get something here — but Paul Ryan pulled an injury-time free wide after the Rebels had struck for what Daly called “a typical Cork goal”.
On a day when veterans Tom Kenny, John Gardiner and Ben O’Connor were taken off, young subs William Egan, Darren Sweetman and Lorcan McLoughlin turned the tide for Cork.
“What I’m thrilled about was our recovery — when we went behind, our response was excellent,” said Barry-Murphy. “I thought Paul Ryan would point the free and I was well pleased to see it go wide. I wouldn’t have cribbed at a draw and would have settled for it with 10 to go, so delighted overall we sneaked it. The substitutions worked well.”
Holders Dublin are bottom of the table, but Daly cut a happier figure than after the Galway defeat.
“I’m disappointed with the result but delighted with the performance. Our intensity was back to where it needed to be,” said Daly, who singled out 20-year-old Sutcliffe for praise.
Playing clever ball in front of their full-forward line, Cork were 0-4 to 0-1 up inside 10 minutes and cruising.
It was looking tough for the Dubs until the switch of Liam Rushe from full to wing-forward secured more ball as they stormed back through Paul Ryan. In the 20th minute, a snazzy reverse handpass from Ryan put Simon Lambert through on goal and his shot was tipped over by Donal Og Cusack — who later saved smartly from Sutcliffe.
After a strong start, Cork amassed 10 wides and allowed Dublin to pull level in the 29th minute.
But after a quiet opening half-hour the sensational Conor Lehane left his mark with two magnificent points from the right wing to leave the Rebels 0-9 to 0-7 up at the break.
Dublin got a dream start to the second half when Lambert drilled to the net after two minutes. But from the restart Cork hit back as Cathal Naughton crowned a surging run with a well-taken goal.
The Dubs had the bit between their teeth, however. Rushe, back as an effective target man, won a 20-metre free that Ryan blasted at goal. It was stopped, but Ryan O’Dwyer flicked in the rebound.
Sutcliffe and Ryan pushed a transformed Dublin into the driving seat, with Sutcliffe revelling in the open space. But Cork never wilted, and emptied the bench to great effect.
In the 65th minute a great run by Sean Og O hAilpin opened the Dublin defence and Jamie Coughlan flicked across the net for Pa Cronin to tap in and level.
Sutcliffe and Egan swapped points in a grandstand finish before Lehane won a free for Pat Horgan to score what would be the winner in the 69th minute as Dublin’s hard work couldn’t land an equaliser.
Man of the Match: Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin)
SCORERS — Cork: P Horgan 0-7 (4f), P Cronin 1-3, C Naughton 1-1, C Lehane 0-3, P O’Sullivan 0-2, B O’Connor, W Egan 0-1 each. Dublin: P Ryan 0-8 (2f, 2 ’65’), D Sutcliffe 0-5, S Lambert 1-2, R O’Dwyer 1-0, J Boland 0-2.
CORK — D Og Cusack 8; S O’Neill 7, S McDonnell 5, B Murphy 6; J Gardiner 6, R Cashman 5, E Cadogan 6; S Og O hAilpin 7, T Kenny 5; C Lehane 7, P Cronin 7, C Naughton 8; P Horgan 7, P O’Sullivan 7, B O’Connor 5. Subs: W Egan 8 for Cashman (39), L McLoughlin 7 for Kenny (49), D Sweetman 8 for Gardiner (54), J Coughlan 7 for O’Connor (60).
DUBLIN — G Maguire 7; R Treanor 6, N Corcoran 7, P Schutte 7; M Carton 6, J Boland 8, S Durkin 7; S Lambert 7, J McCaffrey 7; C McCormack 5, R O’Dwyer 7, D Sutcliffe 9; D Treacy 5, L Rushe 8, P Ryan 8. Subs: D O’Callaghan 7 for McCormack (32), A McCrabbe 6 for Treacy (h-t), R O’Carroll 5 for McCaffrey (52), M O’Brien 6 for Lambert (63), E Dillon for O’Carroll (70).
Ref — J McGrath (Westmeath).
– CORK 2-18 DUBLIN 2-17 Cian Murphy- Irish Independent.