Monday, July 25, 2016

Junior A Football: Cork v Wolfe Tones

Cork 1-13 Wolfe Tones 2-13

For the second week in a row Cork fell just short of a result after falling to the Wolfe Tones on a warm Sunday afternoon at the Irish Cultural Center.  For the Tones it was a good way to rebound after a sub-par outing against the Gaels last week.   Cork chased the game all the way through and although the rebels came close, they could not find an equalizing goal to earn themselves a point for their efforts.

Wolfe Tones held on to deny Cork on Sunday.
The first half started slow but finished with some well taken scores.  The Tones enjoyed the advantage of four early and unanswered points to carry them through most of the period.  Neither side managed to generate much in the way of flowing football, but did manage some flashes of good football.  Kevin Ryan opened the scoring for the Tones and was followed by Barry McShea and two points from Ciaran Cunningham.

The Tones threatened to run rampant, however, Cork came to grips with affairs and managed to generate some decent scoring chances.  Jack Lynch and Mike Moynihan pointed as the game tarted to flow a bit better and moved up and down the field.  Sean Kelly and Ryan answered back for the Tones before a well worked goal came from Brian O’Connor.  A ball into Sean Kelly was off loaded to the inrushing O’Connor who buried it.
The rebels found themselves a step
behind most of the game.
Cork finished the half strongly with four unanswered points themselves with Kevin McMahon, Lynch, and James Long hitting the mark to make it a 1-6 to 0-7 Tones first half advantage.
Cork tried to eat into the Tones lead but could not make any inroads as each time Cork pointed the Tones answered.  Padraig O’Shea’s lovely score was answered by Ryan, as was Cork’s next score.  The rebels labored to make up ground.  The Tones then hit with a Barry McShea goal.  A well worked move was hit low past Ollie Murphy by McShea and now Cork really needed a goal to have a chance of salvaging something and keeping on track for a semi-final place.

,Cork managed a couple of Peter Wallace points and Moynihan forced a good save from Miskell in the final 10 minutes.  Cork worked the ball well into the final third and had brought Cian Clifford into the fray.  Eventually the rebels got the ball into the hands of the tall corner forward and Clifford slotted home from the edge of the small rectangle.  Five minutes to go and a goal in it.  Cork pointed through O’Shea and with normal time up needed the goal.  Jack Lynch was in from a tight angle, but amid Cork cries for a penalty the captain’s shot hit the outside of the post.  The teams traded points to finish the game with the Tones holding on to both points from the game.

Cork:  O. Murphy, M. Carolan, T. McCloskey, B. Devlin, C. Caffrey, S. Loftus, J. Lynch, L. Cunningham, K. McMahon, M. Moynihan, J. Long, P. Wallace, P. O’Shea.  Tones:  P. Miskell, C. Moran, B. Faulkner, K. Gill, K. O’Regan, N. Mullen, C. Cunningham, B. McShea, B. O’Connor, K. Ryan, A. Moore, G. Walsh, S. Kelly.

By Rory O'Donnell

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