All Ireland Football Championship: Dublin made to pay by Cork
Dublin 1-14 Cork 1-15: Cork qualified for next month’s All Ireland football final, but it was a less than impressive display by the team tipped to win the Sam Maguire on Sunday three weeks.
Cork manager Conor Counihan was understandably relieved to have survived a very close call, much too close for comfort.
“Any day you come up to Croke Park and qualify for an All Ireland final you have to happy. For long periods we didn’t play well, but we didn’t panic and in the end we got there,” he said.
“We created a lot of chances in the first half without ever playing that well, but the important thing for us was to keep playing and not to panic for we always felt the chances would come.
“The three lads I brought in during the course of the match did well, but basically I work off a squad of 30 players and everyone is equally important.
“In fairness to Dublin manager Pat Gilroy he has revolutionised Dublin football in the space of a few months and he deserves huge credit as he has the most pressurised job in the whole country.
“We are thrilled to have won but we still have another match to win if we’re to take the Sam Maguire.”
Dublin will look back with huge regret on a period late in the second half when they completely lost their discipline and ultimately paid a heavy price.
Midfielder Ross McConnell managed to concede a penalty and was then later red carded.
Donnacha O’Connor concerted the spot kick and from that moment you sensed you were watching the beginning of the end for Pat Gilroy’s men. Dublin’s lead was down to the bare minimum.
Dublin did manage to restore their lead to three points before Cork drew level before late points from Donnacha O’Connor and Derek Kavanagh sealed victory.
The first half was all so different Bernard Brogan, who else, shooting to Cork’s net in the second minute and with the Dublin number 15 scoring at will it was no surprise when the Dubs led 1-8 to 0-7 at the interval.
But a breakdown in discipline when the game was in the melting pot late in the second half was to prove Dublin’s undoing when they needlessly conceded a goal and three points to hand Cork the initiative and ultimately victory.
Cork: A Quirke, R Carey, M Shields, J Miskella, N O'Leary, G Canty, P Kissane, A O'Connor, A Walsh (0-1), P Kerrigan (0-1), P O'Neill, P Kelly (0-2), D Goulding (0-4, 3f), C Sheehan, D O'Connor (1-5, 1-0 pen, 0-4f). Subs: E Cadogan for Canty, N Murphy for A O'Connor, C O'Neill (0-1) for Sheehan, D Kavanagh (0-1) for Miskella, F Goold for O'Leary.
Dublin: S Cluxton, M Fitzsimons, R O'Carroll, P McMahon (0-1), K Nolan, G Brennan, C O'Sullivan, R McConnell (0-1), MD McAuley (0-1), N Corkery, A Brogan (0-2), B Cullen (0-1), D Henry, E O'Gara, B Brogan (1-7, 0-1f). Subs: B Cahill for O'Sullivan, P Flynn for Henry, E Fennell for Corkery, C Keaney (0-1, f) for O'Gara, D Bastick for O'Carroll.
Referee: M Deegan (Laois).