Cork 1-22 Limerick 2-15
Cork and Limerick put the finishing touches on their League preparations in an entertaining challenge match at St Finbarr’s GAA ground on Saturday evening.
The hosts trailed by a point, 1-9 to 2-7, at the break but they finished strongly with Paudie O’Sullivan and Patrick Horgan introduced off the bench in the second half.
“I’m delighted,” said Cork boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy afterwards. “It is a good workout as we get ready for Tipperary on Saturday week. That is the big one for us. We are trying to build up to that. The players have been excellent. Tonight has been very worthwhile, very pleasing.”
The Cork boss also revealed that Jamie Coughlan will miss the Tipperary game due to a hip operation.
Limerick will rue numerous missed opportunities but, like Barry-Murphy, manager John Allen’s focus is firmly on the league opener against Antrim.
“It is very important for us to get a game and see where we are at,” explained Allen. “I’d say the one thing that is coming against us is we are training on astro turf and definitely our touch isn’t great when you come out onto a pitch. Cork were the better side. They used the ball better. Their movement off the ball was better. I wouldn’t have been too pleased with our display. But, all in all, it was a good work out.”
Allen’s side held a narrow half-time advantage after the sides were level three times. Declan Hannon hit 1-6 (five frees) with Limerick’s other goal coming from Paul Brown while midfielder Daniel Kearney netted for Cork.
However, Cork upped a gear hitting eight points to the visitors’ three during a prolific third quarter to move 1-17 to 2-10 in front with centre-back Pa Cronin, Kearney, Cormac Murphy and Stephen Moylan to the fore.
Cork were wasteful too, but, they held out for the victory.
Scorers for Cork: P Cronin 0-6 (0-2 frees, 0-2 65s), A Mannix 0-5 (0-3 frees), D Kearney 1-2, C Murphy 0-3 (0-1 sl), S Moylan 0-2, B Corry, P O’Brien, P O’Sullivan and P Horgan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Limerick: D Hannon 1-8 (0-7 frees), P Brown 1-0, C Allis 0-3, A Breen 0-2, D Breen and P O’Brien 0-1 each.
CORK: D McCarthy; S McDonnell, M Ellis, C O’Sullivan; S O’Neill, P Cronin (Capt), T Kenny; M Walsh, D Kearney; C Murphy, F O’Leary, B Corry; A Mannix, P O’Brien, S Moylan.
Subs: P O’Sullivan for F O’Leary (42), P Horgan for C Murphy (49).
LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O’Grady (Capt), G O’Mahony; C King, J Ryan; D Hannon, S Hickey, D Breen; G Mulcahy, N Moran, P Brown.
Subs: A Dempsey for R McCarthy (32 inj), P O’Brien for W McNamara (35 inj), S Dowling for N Moran, C Allis for D Breen (both ht), A Breen for P Brown (47), D Reidy for J Ryan (54), M Carmody for S Walsh (65), T Quaid for G Mulcahy (66), S Walsh for T Condon (68).
Referee: P Casey (Waterford).
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