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Sunday 17 December 2017

O'Neill misses chance to win Galway clash

Cork’s Paul Kerrigan Picture: Sportsfile
Cork’s Paul Kerrigan Picture: Sportsfile

Cork's Colm O'Neill made an impact coming off the bench nine minutes into the second half against Galway, kicking five points, but he did miss a 40-metre free to win it for the Rebels with the last kick of the game at Pearse Stadium.

A draw, 0-14 to 1-11, was a fair result in a contest where both promotion hopefuls had chances to win it in an exciting finish.

Cork played against the wind in the opening half having won the toss but they still led by 1-3 to 0-5 at the interval, even though they didn't get their opening score until the 17th minute when Luke Connolly put over a point.

Cork captain Paul Kerrigan grabbed the goal from close range after a good passing movement after 18 minutes

Galway hit four points after the restart after taking control to lead by 0-9 to 1-3 after 43 minutes.

Niall Coakley hit back with a free and O'Neill and John O'Rourke tacked on points. The sides then exchanged points three times before Ruairi Deane edged Cork in front five minutes from time.

Doubled

O'Neill doubled the lead but Galway finished well with Cillian McDaid and Cathal Sweeney shooting points to tie the match and after O'Neill missed the chance to win it. The Rebels also finished with 14 after Brian O'Drsicoll picked up a second yellow card.

Derry needed a last-gasp point from James Kielt to earn a share of the spoils (0-11 to 1-8) against a wayward-shooting Clare at Celtic Park yesterday.

Ciaran Russell's second point of the contest, in Clare's final attack, appeared to have snatched victory for Colm Collins's side. But with just seconds remaining, the home side managed to work the ball out wide to Kielt who converted a difficult effort from 40 yards to save Derry's skin.

Fermanagh got their attempt to win promotion off to the perfect start as they ran out 1-16 to 0-10 winners away to Down on Saturday.

Eoin McManus got the only goal in the second half as Peter McGrath's men won convincingly at Pairc Esler.

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