Dublin 1-13 Cork 0-7
The unpredictable nature of the Allianz National Football league continued tonight as a Dublin team inspired by Conal Keaney were certainly impressive in taking a well-merited nine points victory over Cork.
Cork’s victory over Tyrone in the previous round coupled with the slow decline of the Dublin footballers may have pointed to a Rebel victory but with Pillar Caffrey’s men eager to erase the disappointment of losing to Donegal in the previous round anything was possible.
The side made a pulsating start to the contest with Conal Keaney firmly on song as his side raced into a 0-6 to 0-0 advantage, midway through the half.
Keaney contributed three of those points as a more settled Dublin side were firmly dominant over their Cork counterparts.
The Rebels finally opened there account after 26 minutes thanks to a James Masters point but Anthony Lynch needed the first of Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton to ensure his kick finished over the post.
There was still six points between the teams at the interval with Dublin holding a 0-8 to 0-2 advantage, but an injury to Jason Sherlock was certainly not what the Dubs fans would have wanted.
Cork’s woes continued on the restart with Donnacha O’Connor failed to convert from the penalty spot as Dublin continued to remain impressive in the second half.
Keaney finished with a personal tally of 1-4 while Tomas Quinn was also on song with five points.
Dublin had done all of the groundwork in the first half of this game as they left the Rebels stunned during what was certainly an interesting evening for teams wearing red in Division 1A.