Cork ease past WIT in McGrath Cup

All-Ireland champions Cork ran out comfortable winners of their first competitive match of 2011, beating Waterford IT by 0-19 to 0-5 in the McGrath Cup.

All-Ireland champions Cork ran out comfortable winners of their first competitive match of 2011, beating Waterford IT by 0-19 to 0-5 in the McGrath Cup.

Today's preliminary round clash was played in very cold conditions at Pairc Ui Rinn, with selector Terry O'Neill taking charge of an experimental Rebels side.

There were only two of last year's All-Ireland winning squad on show - Alan O'Connor, who captained Cork from midfield, and centre forward Kevin McMahon.

After a lively opening half, Cork were 0-8 to 0-4 ahead with Macroom's David Goold, a brother of Cork star Fintan Goold, accounting for three of those points.

Laois' Colm Coss was amongst the scorers for the Waterford students, and Emmet Malone and Jamie O'Donnell also split the posts.

The second half was a one-sided affair as Goold took his tally to 0-5, Under-21 player James Sexton scored 0-3 and young substitute Mark Cronin also impressed.

Cronin, who hails from Gabriel Rangers, took advantage of the space afforded to him and landed four points from play in as many minutes.

Waterford IT had no answer and the Rebels march on to face Limerick in Newcastlewest next Sunday.

Kerry are also through to the quarter-final stage, following a competitive encounter with IT Tralee at Austin Stack Park this afternoon.

Jack O'Connor's men claimed a 1-14 to 1-13 victory in this local derby, setting up a last-eight date with Limerick IT. They were helped today by top-scoring contributions from Dingle's David Geaney (0-5) and Paul Geaney (1-1).

Michael Kiely from Limerick club Ballybrown scored 1-1 for the Tralee students, who were only 1-17 to 1-5 in arrears at half-time.

Kiely's goal came early on and was well finished to the net as Tralee's greater fitness levels saw them seize the initiative. Kerry hit back with a goal from Paul Geaney, who ran onto a knockdown from full-forward Kieran Donaghy.

The Kingdom stretched into a five-point lead in the second period, but Tralee showed their and local lads Barry John Keane and Shane Carroll slotted two points apiece.

Kerry also needed a great save from Brendan Kealy to deny Tralee wing forward Brendan Poff when a goal looked on, while Spa's Michael O'Donoghue impressed for the winners as a substitute.

At Cooraclare, a first half goal from Timmy Ryan helped Clare on the way to a 1-13 to 0-13 win over UCC. Free-taker Daithi Casey led the way for the Cork students, but it is the Banner men who progress to a quarter-final against Cork IT.

Meanwhile, Tipperary's reward for seeing off UL on a 2-14 to 0-13 scoreline is a clash with Waterford next Sunday.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS -

Cork 0-19 Waterford IT 0-5, Pairc Ui Rinn

Kerry 1-14 IT Tralee 1-13, Austin Stack Park

Tipperary 2-14 University of Limerick 0-13, Sean Treacy Park

Clare 1-13 UCC 0-13, Cooraclare

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