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Monday 23 October 2017

Flashback: Early Mannion strike stuns Rebels

Paul Mannion, Dublin, in action against Donal Keogan, Meath. Picture credit: Ashleigh Fox / SPORTSFILE
Paul Mannion, Dublin, in action against Donal Keogan, Meath. Picture credit: Ashleigh Fox / SPORTSFILE

THE counties last met in championship fare at minor level three years ago with the Dubs producing a dominant first-half display to beat Cork by 1-11 to 1-3 in their All-Ireland Minor Football Championship quarter-final in Portlaoise.

Dublin arrived in the midlands buoyed by an impressive Leinster campaign and they assumed complete control from the opening whistle against a disappointing Cork outfit.

Emmet Ó Conghaile and Paddy O'Higgins gave Dublin a solid platform at centrefield, while Paul Mannion's clinical strike in the opening minute handed the Dubs a dream start.

Ciarán Kilkenny, kicked four first half points while at the opposite end Robbie McDaid and John Small shone defensively to hold Cork scoreless as Dublin led by 1-8 to 0-0 at the interval.

Dan MacEoin offered Cork a modicum of hope with an excellent individual goal soon after the restart and three frees from the same player saw Dublin's lead narrowed to five points early in the second-half.

However, the Dubs finished in the ascendancy with Kilkenny bringing his personal tally to six points as his side prevailed by eight points by the close.

Dublin's campaign continued with a semi-final victory over Galway but they succumbed to Tipperary in a thrilling final later that autumn.

Scorers: Dublin: C Kilkenny 0-6 (0-1f), P Mannion 1-1 (0-1f), G Ivory 0-2, E Ó Conghaile, D Campbell 0-1 each. Cork: D McEoin 1-3 (0-3f).

DUBLIN: R O'Hanlon; G Hannigan, R McDaid, R Real; E Lowndes, J Small, J McCaffrey; P O'Higgins, E Ó Conghaile; P Mannion, C Costello, G Ivory; S Fulham, D Campbell, C Kilkenny. Subs: E Archbold for Fulham (48), N Scully for Campbell (56), S Carthy for Costello (59), C Meaney for Ivory (60).

CORK: J McDonnell; J Davis, C Dorman, S Cronin; K O'Hanlon, B O'Driscoll, K McIntyre; K Kavanagh, M Sugrue; C Vaughan, A Cadogan, C O'Sullivan; D MacEoin, S O'Mahony, D Harrington. Subs: K Fulignati for O'Hanlon (25), D Murphy for O'Sullivan (25), P Fitzgerald for Kavanagh (28), J Corkery for Vaughan (36), TJ Brosnan for Sugrue (58)

REF: C Branagan (Down).

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