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Cork aim to step it up against Dublin

By John Campbell

Cork boss Conor Counihan is looking for more conviction from his side in their All-Ireland football quarter-final against Dublin on Saturday following their scare at the hands of Galway.

The Rebels had played second fiddle for long periods to the Tribesmen before a late Aidan Walsh goal accompanied by a mini-blitz of points helped them over the line, 1-17 to 1-16.

Galway, inspired by Michael Meehan who scored 1-6, had led by five points at one stage and looked set to pull off a major shock before Cork's late recovery.

"We will need to play much better than this," admits Counihan. "We nearly left ourselves with too much to do."

The Cork hurlers, however, pulled off a major coup when they sent title holders Kilkenny hurtling out of the All-Ireland Championship by winning a thrilling quarter-final 0-19 to 0-14, Patrick Horgan scoring 11 points.

The first-half dismissal of scoring ace Henry Shefflin impacted on Kilkenny's efficiency while superb acrobatics by Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash thwarted the Cats' bid to salvage the match.

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy said: "We took stock after our defeat by Limerick and hopefully we can drive on from here.

"I felt there was a big performance and happily they have delivered it but we need more of the same from here on in," explained Murphy.

In the other quarter-final on the Thurles double bill, Clare overcame Galway 1-23 to 2-14 to set up a semi-final clash with Limerick.

Colin Ryan, with nine points, proved inspirational for Clare with Conor McGrath scoring an important goal while Jonathan Glynn and substitute Niall Healy scored Galway's goals.

All-Ireland Hurling Championship semi-finals: Dublin v Cork, Limerick v Clare.

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