Monday, August 8, 2022

Junior B Football Semi-Final - Cork v Donegal

Cork 0-9 Donegal 1-16

Donegal's Paul McNulty wins a free
Donegal stamped their passport with a date in the Junior A football final with a fairly comfortable win against Cork in Sunday’s semi-final.  The rebels were without the services of a couple of key players, and a recent trip to Ireland for a number of home based payers did not help matters.  From early on it was fairly clear that would only be one winner and though Cork battled in the heat to try and keep it respectable, there was no stopping Donegal on their path to the final.

Corner forward Ruairi Rafferty was first to get on the scoreboard for Donegal and fired over the first 3 points for the northerners.  Center forward Muiris Curtin was next on the board with a free and after Paul McNulty made a foray all the way from corner back to add a fifth, the signs were ominous for the Corkonians.  Donegal were dominating the middle of the field as whether they went long or short with the kick outs, Cork found it hard to get the ball up to their main threats for scores, Tom Keane and Mike Moynihan.  Hugh Devine added another, Neil McEneaney got in on the act and Jack Droney as the flow could not be stemmed by the rebels.  Before the break Moynihan and Culann Barry got Cork on the board and if one thought that some confidence would be restored, it was a case of think again as Donegal netted just before the break though Droney with Rafferty supplying the pass.

Ruairi Rafferty Shoots

The second half played out in the dead heat with each team giving a run to the lads on the line.  Evan Foley and young Home Grown player, John O’Riordan, added some points in the Cork column but at that stage it was a matter of playing out time.  A disappointing end to the season for Cork, and for Donegal it is a final date with Aidan McAnespies next Saturday.

Donegal:  Padraig McLaughlin, Paul McNulty, Mark Canny, Neil McEneaney, Declan McBride, Gavin Reilly, Ronan Gallagher, Hugh Devine, Darren Grant, Muiris Curtin, Liam McCray, Jack Droney, Ruairi Rafferty.  Cork:  Niall O’Doherty, Conor Moynihan, Mike Carolan, Simon Kennedy, Colm Caffrey, Rory Boyle, Seamus Loftus, Culann Barry, Evan Foley, Mike Moynihan, Padraig Smith, Tom Keane, Kieran McEnerney.

By Rory O'Donnell

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