Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final – Cork 1-27 Dublin 2-23

Cork defeated Dublin by 1-27 to 2-23 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 19th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.


Hurling S-F: Cork complete stunning comeback

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL: CORK 1-27 DUBLIN 2-23

Séamus Harnedy scored the winner but it was Patrick Horgan that was the hero for Cork as they somehow overturned a 12-point deficit to snatch victory in the final seconds of injury time to book a place in the Allianz Hurling League Division I final.

Horgan scored an incredible 17 points for a Rebel unit that underperformed for three-quarters of the game and apart from Harnedy and Conor Lehane in patches, offered little attacking threat. Dublin had opened up that 12-point margin by the 18th minute and led by nine at the interval. They still had six points in hand entering the final 10 minutes but somehow left it slip.

Given the circumstances, this will be a very bitter pill to swallow. Dublin were on a different plane to Cork in terms of intensity for much of the game and particularly in the first half, showing greater desire in the individual battles and pace once they had it.
They had 2-15 on the board by half-time and the fact that all bar three points of that tally came from play will tell you everything you need to know about the looseness of the Cork defensive effort.

That is not to detract from the Dubs’ effort though as the likes of Conal Keaney and Paul Ryan drove over points from inside their own half, while Mark Schutte really enjoyed himself on Damien Cahalane. And ‘Dotsy’ O’Callaghan provided a contender for goal of the season with a scintillating score in the 18th minute.

In contrast, Cork butchered a couple of goal chances and were hugely reliant on Pat Horgan’s accuracy from placed balls. Lehane opened the scoring with a point for Cork but Schutte turned Cahalane with ridiculous ease to score a second minute goal. It was a score symptomatic of the frailties in Cork’s rearguard, although the failure of midfield and the forward division to win possession didn’t help.

Johnny McCaffrey, David Treacy, Paul Ryan and Schutte all had points before O’Callaghan collected the sliotar in the right corner and showed searing pace to beat off four Cork defenders. He finished with a low shot to the corner and it was 2-9 to 0-3. Horgan hit the next three points from frees but Dublin were the hungrier side and they led at the interval by 2-15 to 0-12.

Cork did manage to raise their levels in the second half but in truth, it would have been impossible not to. They did manage to cut off the supply to Schutte some bit but still Cork were relying on Horgan, and it though Gary Maguire pulled off a blinding save to deflect his piledriver over, the score earned a reaction from the Cork support and the players.

Having said that, Ryan showed a fantastic touch for a brace of quick points to make it 2-19 to 0-17 but one sensed that Dublin were becoming increasingly defensive into the wind and Horgan hit three points on the trot before Aidan Walsh drove over from inside his own half.

Again, Dublin seemed to have found the necessary answer, with Benn Quinn, Ryan (free) and Rushe making it a seven-point game once more. The key score was a goal from Paudie O’Sullivan after a one-two with Cooper, who held his nerve well to return the ball to the Cloyne man and coming after a Lehane point, there was only a goal in it.

O’Callaghan made it four but after a phenomenal intervention by Peter Kelly denied Anthony Spillane a goal, Horgan landed his third 65. Two more points followed and Lehane levelled in the 70th minute, having appeared to briefly consider going for goal. The Midleton man showed maturity there and did so again with 10 seconds of injury time remaining, when collection possession out wide on the left, after O’Sullivan was blocked brilliantly by Kelly. He must have been tempted to shoot but instead, sent the ball to Harnedy 30m out and the St Ita’s man did the needful. The final whistle sounded from the puckout and the Dublin bodies strewn along the turf told you all you needed to know.
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Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-17(11fs, 3 65s); C Lehane 0-4; S Harnedy 0-3; P O’Sullivan 1-0; L O’Farrell, A Cadogan, A Walsh 0-1 each

Scorers for Dublin: P Ryan 0-7(3fs); D O’Callaghan, M Schutte 1-3 each; L Rushe 0-3; C Keaney, J McCaffrey, D Treacy 0-2 each, B Quinn 0-1

CORK: A Nash, S O’Neill, D Cahalane, W Kearney, L McLoughlin, A Walsh, S McDonnell, D Kearney, R O’Shea, C Lehane, S Harnedy, B Cooper, A Cadogan, L Farrell, P Horgan
Subs: B Lawton for Harnedy blood (15-16), P O’Sullivan for Cadogan (51); A Spillane for O’Farrell (63),

DUBLIN: G Maguire, C O’Callaghan, P Kelly, P Schutte, S Durkin, C Crummey, C Keaney, J McCaffrey, N McMorrow, R O’Dwyer, L Rushe, P Ryan, D O’Callaghan, M Schutte, D Treacy
Subs: B Quinn for McCaffrey (54), C Cronin for O’Dwyer (62), O O’Rorke for Treacy (68)
Referee: J Owens (Wexford)
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Report: Daragh Ó Conchuir for GAA.ie




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