Wednesday 13 December 2017

Cork cruise to easy victory over Kerry

CORK beat KERRY by 10 points in Tralee last year in the League yet were destroyed by their old rivals come Munster Championship time so perhaps it was wise that their manager, Brian Cuthbert declined to celebrate too vociferously after yesterday's 3-17 to 2-9 victory Páirc Uí Rinn.

"Last year was very disappointing, hand on heart, we learned a huge amount from it," he insisted.

"There is no consolation out of that today for last year."

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 Donncha O'Connor adding four points (2f) from the bench.

Meanwhile, DONEGAL manager Rory Gallagher acknowledged his team had been treated with a fatal dose of their own medicine by MONAGHAN yesterday in Letterkenny after a gruelling 0-9 to 1-4 defeat in which Michael Murphy's goal was his team's only score from play.

"We just couldn't get through Monaghan," admitted the Donegal manager. "We were too lateral and conservative the way we played the game.

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.

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.

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