Cork dominate McGrath Cup once more

Cork 1-13 UL 0-06

Cork 1-13 UL 0-06

Cork lifted the McGrath Cup trophy for the third time in four seasons with an impressive showing in tonight's decider against UL at Pairc Uí Rinn.

Last winners of the early season tournament in 2007, the Rebels established an early four-point lead and were never headed as UL, despite the best efforts of Mayo's Enda Varley, were soundly beaten.

Varley landed three points to spark UL into life but successive scores from Conor McManus and Kevin O'Sullivan (0-02) had Cork 0-07 to 0-04 ahead at half-time.

Cork captain Conor McCarthy top-scored with 0-04 and a late goal from substitute Seamus Hayes eased Conor Counihan's men to victory.

Scorers:

Cork: C McCarthy 0-04, S Hayes 1-01, K O'Sullivan 0-03 (0-01f), F Goold (0-01f), P Kelly 0-02 each, C McManus 0-01

UL: E Varley 0-03 (0-01f), D Moran 0-02 (0-02f), S Buckley 0-01

CORK: K Murphy; B Crowley, N O'Donovan, K Harrington; D Murphy, E Sexton, R O'Sullivan; A O'Sullivan, A O'Connor; C McCarthy, F Goold, P Kelly; M Harrington, C McManus, K O'Sullivan.

Subs used: C Keane for Kelly (yellow card, 33 mins), S Hayes for M Harrington (50), S O'Sullivan for C McManus (51), R Brosnan for Goold (56), P Gayer for Crowley (57).

UL: K O'Malley; S McKeown, C O'Mahony, R Brady; L O'Dwyer, M Moloney, D Rattigan; D Moran, F Lynch; D Bracken, S O'Shea, S Lonergan; E Varley, P Byrne, J Buckley.

Subs used: P Hogan for McKeown (yellow card, 11 mins), K O'Brien for Varley (46).

Referee: Derek O'Mahony (Tipperary)

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