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Mayo shock Cork

Mayo shocked All-Ireland champions Cork with a 1-13 to 2-6 win at Croke Park to set up a semi-final clash with Kerry.

The Connacht champions went into the game as rank outsiders, but turned in a performance laced with passion and pride as they dumped the Rebels.

Cork scored just a single point in the second half, unable to break down a superb Mayo defence on a glorious afternoon for James Horan's side.

Cillian O'Connor led the charge with a six points tally, while Kevin McLoughlin scored the all-important goal as the westerners overturned a six points deficit to win with style.

Donncha O'Connor (pen) and Paul Kerrigan netted Cork goals, with McLoughlin hitting a Mayo three-pointer, and the Rebels led by 2-5 to 1-6 at the break.

The Connacht champions dominated the second half, with Cillian O'Connor hitting a six points tally, to dethrone the champions.

Meanwhile, Kerry cantered through to the semi-finals with a facile 1-20 to 0-10 win over Limerick at Croke Park.

It was easy for the Kingdom as they brushed aside the challenge of their Munster neighbours without reaching anywhere near their full potential.

The highlight of an otherwise uneventful contest was a cheeky back-heeled goal from Darran O'Sullivan, the Kingdom's outstanding performer in the first half, but there is concern over the former All-Ireland winning captain after he limped out of the action before the interval.

O'Sullivan's 25th minute strike helped dominant Kerry to a 1-8 to 0-4 interval lead. Stephen Kelly hit a handful of Limerick points, but the Kingdom, with the help of Bryan Sheehan's six points tally, were never troubled.

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