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Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final – Dublin 2-14 Cork 1-13
Dublin defeated Cork by 2-14 to 1-13 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Monday August 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.
Dubs dig in as Cork refuse to quit
By Tony Leen for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Dublin 2-14 Cork 1-13
Nothing here to indicate that Dublin’s reputation as a footballing force — present and future — isn’t justified. But there was enough at Semple Stadium yesterday to suggest that the raging hot favourites for this year’s All-Ireland minor football title aren’t over the line just yet.
A gritty, stubborn Cork side put Cyril Kevlihan’s outfit to the pin of their collar to earn an All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Donegal, but the concession of two goals in the first 14 minutes was Cork’s undoing.
The chase was always game, and when Shane Kingston struck a 53rd-minute Cork goal to reduce the gap to two points (2-11 to 1-12), it was a pretty stern gut-check for the Dublin teenagers. To their credit, they recovered their poise quickly, earning two penalties in the final eight minutes, neither of which they netted. Colm Basquel’s first in the 54th minute struck a post and he pointed the second, on the advice of management, in the final seconds to secure the four-point win.
Cork manager Donal O’Sullivan politely suggested afterwards that Mayo referee Jerome Henry hadn’t done them any favours and certainly Cork defender Seanie Powter seemed to be fouled in the build-up to Dublin’s second goal in the 14th minute from Chris Sallier. That eased Dublin into a 2-1 to 0-5 lead, against the run of play it should be said — but the razor-sharpness of Sallier and his full-forward Con O’Callaghan was self-evident. They claimed 2-9 between them, 2-5 of it from play.
Not that Cork’s full-back line ever let their heads drop. Powter, Kevin Flahive and John Mullins all worked like dervishes, along with wing-backs Sean O’Donoghue and Maidhc Ó Duinnin, and No 10 Gary Murphy from Castletownbere. Dual talent Con O’Callaghan kept Dublin’s lead beyond one-score to the break, where they swapped ends 2-6 to 0-8 ahead.
Importantly, Cork lost Michael Hurley to an ankle injury just before half-time, and they momentarily looked like they had lost their self-belief as points from Sallier and midfielder Eoghan McHugh (2) stretched Dublin’s lead to an ominous 2-10 to 0-9 after 42 minutes. Cork keeper Anthony Kidney also made a point-blank block from sub Rian McBride as the favourites threatened to put themselves out of reach.
Though they missed frees and other chances, Cork’s persistence didn’t wane. Cian Kiely grew impressively into the game and pointed, and Dan Ó Duinnin added another before the break they’d been waiting for. Damien Buckley fed an over-lapping Sean O’Donoghue who teed up Shane Kingston for the goal — the Douglas lad showing the value of two good feet with a crisp left-peg finish.
If it rattled Dublin, they didn’t betray it. O’Callaghan was fouled by Flahive for the 56th-minute penalty that hit the post, but it was Na Fianna midfielder McHugh, Basquel from Ballyboden and Cuala’s O’Callaghan who powered saw the Dubs home. Kevlihan said: “It might have been more comfortable with the two penalties but our lads had the character when it was needed. Cork are a good team, they lost young Hurley who is a key man for them, just before half-time and that undoubtedly impacted on them.”
His Cork counterpart was no less proud of his charges, many of them in tears at the final whistle. “I would question the validity of both Dublin goals, but we also kicked a few wides in the second half when we needed scores. You’d have to be proud of their effort.”
Scorers for Dublin: C O’Callaghan 0-8 (4f), C Sallier 2-1, C Basquel 0-3 (1 pen), E McHugh 0-2.
Scorers for Cork: S Kingston 1-2; G Murphy, S Roynane 0-2 each; S O’Donoghue, C Kiely, M Ó Duinnín, B Coakley, M Ó Deasuna (f), D Ó Duinnín (f), M Hurley 0-1 each.
CORK: A Kidney (Passage West); J Mullins (Éire Óg), K Flahive (Douglas), S Powter (Douglas); S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), C Kiely (Ballincollig), M Ó Duinnín (Naomh Aban); B Coakley (Carrigaline), M Ó Deasuna (Cill na Martra); G Murphy (Castletownbere), D Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra), D Lowney (Clonakilty); S Roynane (Clyda Rovers), S Kingston (Douglas), M Hurley (Castlehaven).
Subs: S O’Donovan (Ilen Rvs) for Lowney (16), C O’Donovan (Clonakilty) for Hurley (inj, 25), D O’Neill (Mayfield) for O Deasuna (37), D Buckley (Ballyclough) for S O’Donovan (45), T Bushe (Ilen Rovers) for Coakley (52), E O’Sullivan (Douglas) for Roynane (57).
DUBLIN: E Whelan (Trinity Gaels); D Monahan (Clontarf), J Mullins (St Brigids), E Murchan (Na Fianna); A Fee (Naomh Mearnog), S Clayton (Ballyboden St Endas), G O’Reilly (Na Fianna); A Foley (Clontarf), E McHugh (Na Fianna); W Egan (Ballyboden St Endas), C Basquel (Ballyboden St Endas), J Burke (St Maur’s); A Byrne (Na Fianna), C O’Callaghan (Cuala), C Sallier (Thomas Davis).
Subs: C Kavanagh (Ballymun Kickhams) for Burke (17), A McGowan (Kilmacud Crokes) for Fee (22), B McBride (St Vincent’s) for Egan (35), C Murphy (Thomas Davis) for Foley (48).
Referee: J Henry (Mayo)
Cork Minor Football team to play Dublin on Monday: http://t.co/YXY0Q2ZZUK
— Cork GAA (@OfficialCorkGAA) August 1, 2014
The Cork Minor Football team to play Dublin in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on Monday at 2pm in Thurles will line out as follows:
1. Anthony Kidney (Passage West)
2. John Mullins (Eire Óg)
3. Kevin Flahive (Douglas – Captain)
4. Sean Powter (Douglas)
5. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)
6. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)
7. Maidhc Ó Duinnín (Naomh Abán)
8. Brian Coakley (Carrigaline)
9. Michael Ó Deasuna (Cill na Martra)
10. Gary Murphy (Castlehaven)
11. Daniel Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra)
12. David Lowney (Clonakilty)
13. Seamus Ronayne (Clyda Rovers)
14. Shane Kingston (Douglas)
15. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)
Donal O’Sullivan and his selectors have made three changes to the team that lost out to Kerry in the Munster Final. Maidhc Ó Duinnín and Brian Coakley return from injury, having featured in the team earlier this year, while David Lowney also comes into the side. Cian O’Donovan, Tom Bushe and Seán O’Leary make way.
16. Colm O’Driscoll (Castlehaven)
17. Cian O’Donovan (Clonakilty)
18. Tom Bushe (Ilen Rovers)
19. Alex Hassett (Ilen Rovers)
20. Michael Cottrell (Newmarket)
21. Eoin O’Sullivan (Douglas)
22. Damien Buckley (Ballyclough)
23. Seán O’Donovan (Ilen Rovers
24. David O’Neill (Mayfield)
Additional Panel Members
Eoin Lavers (Sam Maguire’s)
Michael Lordan (Ballinora)
Luke Meade (Newcestown)
Evan Ryle (Carrigaline)
Chidozie Ogbene (Nemo Rangers)
Sean O’Leary (Bantry Blues)
Martin Collins (Kilmacabea)
Daniel Meaney (St. Michael’s)
Donal O’Sullivan (Castletownbere – Manager)
Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra)
Tom Dorgan (Ballincollig)
Paul Holland (Argideen Rangers)
Michael Comyns (St. Finbarr’s)
1. Eiven Whelan (Trinity Gaels)
2. Cian Murphy (Thomas Davis)
3. Jack Mullins (St Brigid’s)
4. Eoin Murchan (Na Fianna)
5. Aodhán Fee (Naomh Mearnóg)
6. Shane Clayton (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
7. Glen O’Reilly (Na Fianna)
8. Andrew Foley (Clontarf)
9. Eoghan McHugh (Na Fianna)
10. Warren Egan (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
11. Colm Basquel (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
12. Jack Burke (Naomh Maur)
13. Aaron Byrne (Na Fianna)
14. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)
15. Chris Sallier (Thomas Davis)