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Enda Lynn at the double as Derry beat Cork

NFL Division One: Derry 2-15 - Cork 1-11

By Cahair O'Kane

Published 06/04/2015

Race on: Cork’s Paddy Kelly with Derry’s Terence O’Brien
Race on: Cork’s Paddy Kelly with Derry’s Terence O’Brien

Derry signed off from Division One with a flourish as two goals from Enda Lynn saw them past a much-changed Cork side.

Derry retained the system which had led to widespread debate during the week following their defensive setup in last weekend's 0-8 to 0-4 defeat by Dublin.

But the visitors burst into an early lead when Stephen O'Donoghue lashed low past Eoin McNicholl to open the scoring, and the Rebels maintained their lead for the rest of the opening period, leading by 1-7 to 0-7 at the break.

They held their advantage until Mark Lynch fed Enda Lynn and he buried past sub goalkeeper Paddy O'Shea with 16 minutes to play.

The Greenlough man, who also netted twice in last year's clash between the sides in Pairc Úi Rinn, was superb and was rewarded with a haul of 2-3 from play, with the two goals came in the final quarter.

Mark Lynch fed a great pass to Lynn and he burst through to lash emphatically into the corner before the double goalscorer combined with Michael McIver and palmed home the Ballinderry man's cross to put Derry 2-12 to 1-9 ahead.

Cork threatened to rally and Brian Hurley had a chance but, with Oisin Duffy pressurising, his shot was well saved at the near post by Eoin McNicholl, as Derry hung on for the win.

Derry scorers: E Lynn 2-3, B Heron 0-3 (0-1 45'), M Lynch 0-2f, J Kielt 0-2f, Eoin Bradley 0-2 (1f), N Holly 0-1, K Johnston 0-1, E McGuckin 0-1

Cork scorers: S O'Donoghue 1-0, P Kerrigan 0-3, D Goulding 0-3, J O'Rourke 0-1, M Collins 0-1, C Dorman 0-1, J Hayes 0-1f, C O'Neill 0-1f.

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