Classy Rebels continue unbeaten run

All-Ireland champions Cork showed the gulf in class between themselves and tonight's visitors to Pairc Ui Rinn, as Joe Deane netted in their 1-19 to 1-09 Allianz NHL Division 1A defeat of the Saffrons.

All-Ireland champions Cork showed the gulf in class between themselves and tonight's visitors to Pairc Ui Rinn, as Joe Deane netted in their 1-19 to 1-09 Allianz NHL Division 1A defeat of the Saffrons.

Early points from Garvin McCarthy, Neil Ronan and Deane pushed John Allen's side 0-03 to 0-01 in front.

The Rebels - minus late cry-off Sean Og O hAilpin - maintained that two-point gap up to the interval as McCarthy and Deane were on target again.

Johnny McIntosh (0-03) - who hit a superb sideline cut - and late scores from Karl Stewart and Brendan Quinn kept Antrim - wayward with eight shots - in the hunt.

Deane - at the second attempt - drilled an immediate goal past Damien Quinn on the restart as Cork took a stranglehold on the game.

A Deane free followed, Brian Corcoran - making his first start of 2005 - also pointed, and Niall McCarthy, Deane Ronan McGregor and Peter Kelly were on target for a 1-17 to 0-06 buffer.

Michael McCambridge and McIntosh - who grabbed a late 1-01 - rallied Dinny Cahill's men into life but Cork were already assured of their third straight win.

CORK: P Morrissey; B Murphy, C O’Connor, P Mulcahy; G Callinan, P Kelly, R Curran; T Kenny, R McGregor; G McCarthy, N McCarthy, T McCarthy; N Ronan, B Corcoran, J Deane.

ANTRIM: S McGreevy; K Murray, C Brady, D Gault; S Devlin, T Scullion, S Kelly; J Quinn, M McCarry; T O'Neill, K Brady, P Logan; J McAleese, B Herron, C Close.

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