Meehan masterclass puts Galway in control

Beaten Connacht finalists Galway lead Cork 2-7 to 1-6 at half-time in the first of today's All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals at Croke Park.

Beaten Connacht finalists Galway lead Cork 2-7 to 1-6 at half-time in the first of today's All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals at Croke Park.

Two goals in the space of three minutes from Caltra youngster Michael Meehan has spearheaded the Tribesmen's challenge.

Galway skipper Padraig Joyce notched four points, two from frees, in the first 14 minutes, but a 12th-minute penalty goal from Carbery teenager John Hayes, set-up an Alan Burke foot-trip on James Masters, had Cork 1-1 to 0-3 in front.

Brendan Jer O'Sullivan levelled the sides for the fourth time at 1-3 to 0-6 on 19 minutes before Cork 'keeper Kevin O'Dwyer dropped a high ball from Barry Cullinane and Meehan pounced to fist home his first goal on 23 minutes.

Masters replied quickly for Billy Morgan's men, but only minutes later, another long ball saw Meehan round O'Dwyer and outfox retreating defender Gary Murphy to slot home his second major for a 2-6 to 1-4 lead.

Nevertheless, the Rebels have hit the closing two points of the half from O'Sullivan and Anthony Lynch to shore up the gap to four points.

GALWAY: B O'Donoghue; A Burke, F Hanley, K Fitzgerald; D Meehan, P Clancy, D Burke; B Cullinane, N Coleman; S Armstrong, M Clancy, J Bergin; M Meehan, P Joyce (capt), M Donnellan.

CORK: K O'Dwyer; N Geary, G Canty, G Murphy; O Sexton (capt), A Lynch, N O'Leary; D Kavanagh, N Murphy; J Masters, C McCarthy, K MacMahon; P Clifford, BJ O'Sullivan, J Hayes.

Yellow cards: N Geary (Cork) (9 mins), B Cullinane (Galway) (26)

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

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