Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sun Jul 30 - Junior A Football: Cork v Wolfe Tones

Cork 3-22 Wolfe Tones 2-8

Cork came in to their second last league game of the season aiming to cement their place at the top of the Junior A table. They laid their intentions out from the very start, with two quick points on the trot. The Wolfe Tones settled in a bit, with their midfielders and wing forwards connecting well to build some attacks through the middle. The Cork halfback line of Seamus Loftus, Colm Casey, and Sean Flynn worked well together, cutting off and breaking down any threats coming through the middle.

Cork's Leigh Cunningham Shoots (Pic Brian Rooney)
Jack Lynch and Ian Crowley were instrumental in the middle of the field for Cork, with both doing well to keep their forward line busy. For the Wolfe Tones it was midfielders Gavin Walsh and Keith Gill and centre forward Cormac Joyce-Power working hard to keep their side in the game.

Cork centre forward Cathal Arnold proved very dangerous, as the Wolfe Tones defense struggled to find an answer for his running through the middle. A few more well taken scores from the Cork forwards and a few missed chances from the Wolfe Tones saw Cork ahead 1-14 to 4 points at the half time whistle.

The Wolfe Tones came out with a bit more bite in the second half, with their defenders covering well and putting pressure on the Cork attackers. A well-taken Mark Dalton goal for Cork five minutes into the second half looked like it could have been the nail in the coffin for the Wolfe Tones, but the South Boston based side did well to regroup.

Cormac Joyce-Power dropped in around the full forward line and gave the Wolfe Tones a target inside. A high ball in was well won by Joyce-Power, who then found Conor Marsden just outside the square and a goal for the Wolfe Tones resulted. Marsden went on to add a second well-taken goal five minutes later.

A few more scores from Cathal Arnold ensued before Darren O’Donovan received a second yellow and saw Cork finish the game with twelve men on the field. A convincing win for Cork, who will face the Shannon Blues next week before the final seeds in the Junior A competition are decided.

Cork: Ollie Murphy, Darren O’Donovan, Mike Carolan, Seamus Loftus, Colm Casey, Sean Flynn, Jack Lynch, Ian Crowley, Simon Kennedy, Cathal Arnold, Leigh Cunningham, Mark Dalton, Sean Lordan

Wolfe Tones: Jack O’Dolan, Cliff Malone, Aaron Moore, Niall Mullen, Cathal Moriarty, Robert Reilly, Keith Gill, Gavin Walsh, Joey Farrell, Cormac Joyce-Power, John McManus, Conor Marsden, Aaron Molloy

By Aisling Kerr

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