Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cork v Armagh-Notre Dame

Cork 3-11 Armagh-Notre Dame 0-2

Last week I said the Armagh-Notre Dame would provide a stiffer challenge for Cork, that was not an accurate assessment. The southerners had another easy win to advance to the semi-final of the cup. Armagh-Notre Dame were unable to match Cork in any facet of the game. Cork were on top from start to finish, and Trevor Kelly, and Mike Moynihan combined well in the Cork forward line throughout the game.

At the end of the first half Cork led by six points. An early goal came with a great downfield move that started with Joe Regan at corner back and ended with Kelly linking with Moynihan who put Andrew Boyle in for a close range goal. Cork continued to brush the challenge of their opponents aside Moynihan put three more over the bar along with one from Mark Cahilane. Moynihan put another major away for Cork just before half time, while Frank Meehan mustered a couple of scores for his side. At the half it was 2-4 to 1-1 in favour of the southerners.

Martin Tiffany shoots for Armagh-Notre Dame
The second half was downhill for Armagh-Notre Dame. Cork kept up the pressure and dominated all over the field. Boyle netted a second goal for himself and a third for Cork. More points came from Sean Caulfield, Trevor Kelly, and David Hughes. Colm Caffrey and Julian Leonard got in on the act with scores as they moved up from their berths in the back line. Cork will face Aidan McAnespies in the semi-final, and I will venture to say that Cork will face a tougher test.

Cork: J. O’Toole, J. Leonard, J. Regan, C. Poirer, C. Caffrey, A. Murphy, D. Hughes, S. Caulfield, M. Cahilane, T. Kelly, D. Nealon, M. Moynihan, A. Boyle. Armagh-ND: C. McArdle, T. Cassidy, C. McGinn, P. Kelly, F. Meehan, D. Maguire, S. Butler, F. McClelland, G. Hall, M. Tiffany, P. McEvoy, B. McGrath, S. Short.

By Rory O'Donnell

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