Cork’s support play in this one-sided semi-final was superb. Every player wanted the ball, with the result that 12 of the 20 players on duty found the target.
Cork wasted no time in getting down to business as points from Fiachra Lynch, Andrew O’Sullivan, who was superb, and Paudie Kissane powered them three clear in as many minutes and although Fergus McMahon did get the Londoners on the scoresheet with a seventh minute free, the home side’s strong attacking play always proved a handful for the Exiles. Once Vincent Hurley set up Seamus O’Sullivan for their opening goal in the ninth minute, London’s bridge just kept falling down and it took a timely interception from Pádraig McMenamin to deny Pat Dunlea, who scored eight points, a second goal. Noel Roche did get a fine second point for London but Cork were comfortable after the opening quarter leading 1-5 to 0-2.
McMahon did put in an amount of good work for London but the Cork half-back trio of Kissane, who scored two fine points, Donagh Wiseman and Michael Fehily, who got another, were imperious as Cork stormed into a 1-11 to 0-3 interval lead. The visitors did threaten a brief recovery with McMahon and Oliver Towey getting quick points but Cork took control again to lead 1-16 to 0-6 entering the final quarter.
Cork then finished off the game in the 50th minute, Seamus O’Sullivan setting up Cathrach Keane for a second goal,
Cork: P. Dunlea 0-8 (0-7 frees), C. Keane 1-1, S. O’Sullivan 1-0, C. Brosnan 0-3, A. O’Sullivan, P. Kissane, F. Lynch 0-2 each, M. Fehily, V. Hurley, L. Dennehy, P. Cahill, B. Goggin 0-1 each. London: F. McMahon (0-1 free) O. Towey, A. Dillane 0-2 each, N. Roche 0-1.
K. Murphy; B. Goggin, E. Wiseman, D. O’Riordan; P. Kissane, D. Wiseman, M. Fehily; A. O’Sullivan, A. O’Connor; F. Lynch, V. Hurley, S. O’Sullivan; C. Brosnan, N. O’Sullivan, P. Dunlea.
T. Twomey for Lynch (45m), L. Dennehy for N. O’Sullivan (45m), C. Keane for Hurley (48), P. Cahill for Brosnan (50m), D. O’Brien for Kissane (53m).
K. Winters; W. O’Mahony, K. Scanlon, J. McShane; J. Teehan, N. Spain, V. O’Sullivan; F. McMahon, S. McAlinden; W. Blackford, O. Towey, P. McMenamin; M. McNulty, N. Roche, A. Dillane.
K. Lynch for O’Sullivan (18m), J.P. O’Donnell for Roche (ht), C. Moroney or McNulty (ht), R. O’Sullivan for McShane (38m), T. Moriarty for Lynch (53).
B. Tyrrell (Tipperary).