Galway trounce Cork to win All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling title

Galway trounce Cork to win All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling title

By Stephen Barry

Galway 0-23 Cork 0-14

Galway clinched the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship tonight, piling more misery on Cork in the process.

Anthony Cunningham once again was the man to spoil Cork’s hopes, as his second-string side, captained by James Skehill, ran out comprehensive winners.

Although without Senior debutant Conor Whelan from the Leinster winning team, in Dan Nevin they had a readymade replacement.

Galway shot out of the blocks, with Nevin picking off three points inside 9 minutes, ably assisted by Eanna Burke.

File photo of Galway's Eanna Burke.

Galway had the look of an typical Cunningham side, with a robust defence and distance shooting helping them to a six points to two lead at that stage.

Galway were bringing the heat but Cork slowly began to acclimatise, with Michael Collins acting as a sweeper.

Fintan O’Leary and Willie Leahy combined down the left flank for three scores as Galway’s shooting began to cool, spraying four consecutive wides, including two missed frees.

Galway appeared to have weathered the storm with points from Tadhg Haran and Nevin restoring the lead to three, but Cork scored four of the final five points in the half, with braces from the excellent Leahy and Noel McNamara making it a tie at the break, 0-9 apiece.

Cork, however, couldn’t muster the encouragement of a lead, as Galway rebuilt their advantage.

Kevin McHugo led the way with a pair, as Galway moved 0-15 to 0-12 ahead.

Five points in a row from Haran, Eamon Brannigan, Shane Moloney (2) and Nevin effectively sealed the deal for Galway, before Jason Kennedy embellished the final scoreline with two late scores.

Teams and scorers

Scorers for Galway: T Haran (4fs, 1s/l), D Nevin (0-5 each), D Higgins (0-3), K McHugo, E Burke, S Moloney, E Brannigan, J Kennedy (0-2 each).

Scorers for Cork: N McNamara (0-4fs), T Murphy (2fs), W Leahy, F O’Leary (0-3 each), K O’Neill (0-1).

GALWAY: J Skehill (Cappataggle); C Flynn (Tommy Larkin's), D O’Donoghue (Kilnadeema-Leitrim), A Tuohy (Beagh); P Flaherty (Abbeyknockmoy), D Burke (St Thomas’s), S Cooney (St Thomas’s); K McHugo (Tommy Larkin's), D Higgins (Castlegar); D Nevin (Cappataggle), T Haran (Liam Mellows), E Burke (St Thomas’s); B Molloy (Kilnadeema-Leitrim), S Maloney (Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry), E Brannigan (Rahoon-Newcastle).

Subs: B Daly (Clarinbridge) for Brannigan (17-20, blood), Barry Keane (Clarinbridge) for O’Donoghue (h-t), J Kennedy (Ardrahan) for E Burke (48), B Daly for McHugo (53), R O’Meara (Portumna) for Brannigan (55), K Lane (Ballindereen) for Higgins (59).

CORK: P Buckley (Mallow); G Murphy (Newcestown), T Lawerence (Brian Dillons), B Ó Tuama (Castlemartyr); M Collins (Ballinhassig); E Finn (Ballinhassig), D O’Donovan (Ballinhassig), K Kavanagh (Carrigaline); K O’Neill (Watergrasshill), S McCarthy (Ballinhassig); F O’Leary (Ballinhassig), T Murphy (Carrigaline),W Leahy (Aghada); N McNamara (Kilworth), D O’Driscoll (Carrigtwohill).

Subs: P Butler (Argideen Rangers) for Finn (h-t), M Brennan (Fermoy) for McCarthy (45), L Meade (Newcestown) for McNamara (46), C O’Brien (St Ita’s) for G Murphy (52), A Cagney (Charleville) for T Murphy (53).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).

More in this Section

Football rumours from the mediaFootball rumours from the media

O’Shea returns to Reading to take up coaching roleO’Shea returns to Reading to take up coaching role

McGrath hoping for more of the same against QarabagMcGrath hoping for more of the same against Qarabag

Campbell calls for external appointment as women’s managerCampbell calls for external appointment as women’s manager


Lifestyle

Robert Plant and Saving Grace review: Top class ensemble made for a memorable night at the Everyman in Cork, writes Joe DermodyGig review: Robert Plant and Saving Grace at the Everyman

Kya deLongchamps is mesmerised by early French glass paperweightsIn a bubble: The glittering history of French glass paperweights

During my first pregnancy I developed a network of spider veins on my thighs. Even more appeared during my second pregnancy. What would you recommend?How do I deal with spider veins in pregnancy?

More From The Irish Examiner