Friday 15 December 2017

Allianz Division 1: Cork cruise to easy victory over Kerry

Colm O'Neill, Cork, in action against Mark Griffin, Kerry
Colm O'Neill, Cork, in action against Mark Griffin, Kerry

CORK outclassed traditional rivals KERRY 3-17 to 2-9 at home in Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.

Their display in the opening 20 minutes provided the foundation for their victory as the Kingdom struggled to match their fellow Munster heavyweights.

Goals from Colm O'Neill and two from John O'Rourke gave Cork a five-point half-time advantage, 3-7 to 2-5, with Kieran Donaghy, following a goalkeeping blunder, and Tommy Walsh goaling for Kerry.

The superb accuracy of Colm O'Neill, who finished with a personal tally of 1-6, along with four points from substitute Donnacha O'Connor helped the Rebels run out clearcut victors.

Meanwhile, the race to the bottom in terms of entertaining football continued at O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny yesterday as MONAGHAN edged out Ulster rivals DONEGAL 0-9 to 1-4 in a bore-fest.

With both sides prioritising ultra-defensive tactics the game never opened up with points from Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan and centre-back Fintan Kelly ultimately separating the sides.

Donegal's lone score of the second half was a Michael Murphy goal when he flicked Neil Gallagher's long ball to the net.

MAYO, who host Dublin in Castlebar next Saturday night, remain in pole position of Division 1 after they defeated DERRY by 2-12 to 1-13 at Celtic Park.

The visitors led 1-7 to 0-6 at half-time, their goal being finished to the net by Mark Ronaldson in the 29th minute.

James Kielt was central to Derry's second-half fight-back, but Mikey Sweeney's goal put Mayo five points up to secure the league points. Derry are bottom of the table with trips to Monaghan and Dublin to come.

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