Monday, May 7, 2012

Pat O'Brien Cup Q/F: Wolfe Tones v Cork

Cork 0-2 Wolfe Tones 1-9

Wolfe Tones made it to the semi-final of the Pat O’Brien Cup with a relatively easy win over a game Cork side. The Tones established a lead quickly and Cork battled hard but did not look like eating into the deficit. The game ended on a bad note with a knee injury to Wolfe Tones midfielder, Brian Jones. Jones landed awkwardly and looked like he had suffered a dislocated kneecap.

Darren Lowry comes out of defence for the Tones.
 The tone for the game was set from the get go with the heavily favoured Wolfe Tones popping over three points before the first few minutes were out. Dan McCabe, Barry Grogan, and Mike O’Brien being the protagonists. There was a real danger of a rout, but Cork managed to haul themselves into the game. Getting the ball into the hands of Mike Moynihan was the prime objective. Moynihan answered with a point, but the Tones enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and were in control throughout. Barry Grogan at corner forward looked unstoppable, while the midfield duo of Charles McCarthy and Jones spoiled the Tones forward line with the supply of ball. Cork’s Aidan Murphy notched a second point for the rebels as the Corkmen generated some positive momentum. At the half the score reflected the difference between the teams, with the Tones ahead by 0-8 to 0-2.

Early in the second half the Tones hit with a major, Collie Carr buried his shot from close range. He may have learned from a similar chance that fell to Grogan a few minutes earlier and ended up going over the bar. Grogan may have rued his relaxed approach as from a similar position his shot went high. With the Tones well in control the game took an unfortunate turn with the injury to Jones on his first outing. An end was put to affairs and the Tones look forward to a stiff test when they meet Galway next week.

Cork: L. Barden, E. Barry, M. Carolan, C. Gillis, D. Hughes, E. O’Sullivan, J. Horgan, J. Crowley, A. Murphy, M. Moynihan, J. Regan, D. Quinn, F. Glynn. Tones: R. McKeown, A. Curry, D. Lowrey, M. O’Brien, G. Brilly, D. McGuire, C. McCarthy, B. Jones, S. Kelly, C. Carr, M. Farrell, B. Grogan, D. McCabe.

By Rory O'Donnell

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