Cork 1-20 Galway 1-17
Galway suffered their first defeat of the NHL Division One campaign, but they went down fighting in a compelling encounter at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
A highly motivated Cork side had a six points advantage at the halfway stage, but saw their lead wiped out by the resurgent Tribesmen after the break.
The Rebels finished strongly, however, and Cian McCarthy, substitute Cathal Naughtin and Paudie O’Sullivan hit the scores that gave them their second win in three outings.
Eanna Ryan and David Burke were on target early on as Galway embraced the challenge with relish, and were unlucky no to grab a goal when Iarla Tannion drilled his shot narrowly wide.
But Cork were soon into their stride, and after Cian McCarthy had opened their account, Pat Horgan landed a free.
It was Horgan who blasted home a 15th minute penalty after he was taken down bg David Collins in the 15th minute, and after Jerry O’Connor, McCarthy and John Gardiner all fired over points, they leed by 1-5 to 0-2.
Galway got themselves back in the game contention when Ryan sent Callanan in to drill to the net in the 20th minute.
Cork hit back with points from Paudie O’Sullivan and Niall McCarthy, and late in the first half, they hit another volley of scores, including a brilliant sublime McCarthy effort from wide on the left, to go in at the break with a 1-10 to 1-4 lead.
Three Ger Farragher scores narrowed the gap to three within five minutes of the restart, and with David Burke and substitute Cyril Donnellan making a big impact, the Tribesmen stepped up the tempo.
Andy Smith and Burke also landed points as they cut the deficit to a single point.
Cork were restricted to breakaway raids, but kept their noses in front through O’Connor and Gardiner, until Farragher’s sixth point brought the sides level on 52 minutes.
Cork sensed the danger, and with Pa Cronin rising to the challenge, they tagged on a string of scores through Horgan, who converted two frees, and Paudie O’Sullivan.
Two excellent scores from substitute Joe Gantly kept the Galway challenge alive, but Cork had their own super-sub in Cathal Naughton, who also hit the target twice to help the Rebels over the line.
Cork: D Og Cusack, S McDonnell, E Cadogan, C O'Sullivan, J Gardiner (0-2, 2f), W Egan, R Ryan, J O'Connor (0-2), P Cronin (0-1), T Kenny, C McCarthy (0-3), N McCarthy (0-2), L Farrell (0-1), P O'Sullivan (0-3), P Horgan (1-4, 1-0 pen, 0-4f).
Subs: K Murphy for Farrell, L McLoughlin for O’Connor, B Murphy for Ryan, C Naughton (0-2) for Kenny
Galway: J Grealish, D Collins, J Lee, G O’Halloran, D Hayes, T Og Regan, A Cullinane, D Burke (0-4, 2f), D Barry, E Ryan (0-1), A Smith (0-1), G Farragher (0-7, 6f), A Callanan (1-2), I Tannion, J Coen.
Subs: C Donnellan for Hayes, J Gantley (0-2) for Ryan, N Cahalan for Farragher
Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)