Galway ease past subdued Cork
GALWAY 2-28 CORK 0-22
On the day before the Galway Races start, this was a case of ‘winner alright’.
Galway hurlers were superb as they dismantled Cork by 12 points in Thurles yesterday and God knows what the final winning margin would have been if the men from the West had been really on fire. For in addition to scoring 30 times they shot 22 wides!
Perhaps the misses were down to the lack of pressure, as Galway always knew that this was going to be their game, once Johnny Glynn had galloped through the Cork defence for their first goal.
Against a Cork team playing a sweeper, it was just what Galway boss Anthony Cunningham would have wanted.
His team was five points ahead at the break and maintained that margin right through the second period, extending it at their ease when Cork were reduced to 14 men by Damien Cahalane’s second yellow card.
The statistic that sums up Cork’s day is that all of their half-forwards had been substituted by the 55th minute. The trio couldn’t win a ball in the air and they managed to score just a single point between them.
The season-long suspicion that Cork lack proper ball-winning forwards came home to haunt Jimmy Barry-Murphy today.
After a bad weekend for the Rebels in football and hurling, this may be the end for JBM too, after four years in charge of the hurlers for a second time, although he stated after the match that he 'can't wait for next year.'
Galway counter-part Cunningham had one of those days where every call he made was spot on. He selected teenager Conor Whelan to start and it paid dividends, as the Kinvara lad got Galway’s second half goal as well as two fine points.
The Mannion brothers from Ahascragh were two other stars for Galway, Padraig was as tight as a vice at corner-back and Cathal scored seven points from play as he tormented Cork all through the game.
Cunningham famously said to Kilkenny boss Brian Cody as they shook hands at the end of the Leinster Final, “see you for the All-Ireland”.
Waterford and Tipperary may yet have something to say about that, but on this evidence Galway, if they were to shoot straight, might be a match for anyone.
Galway: C. Callanan; J. Coen, J. Hanbury, P. Mannion; A. Harte (0-2), I. Tannian, Daithi Burke; A. Smith (0-1), David Burke (0-2); C. Whelan (1-2), C. Donnellan (0-2), J. Glynn (1-2); J. Flynn (0-3), J. Canning (0-5), C. Mannion (0-7). Subs- J. Cooney (0-1) for David Burke ht D. Collins for Donnellan 57mins G. Lally for Tannian 60mins F. Moore for Smith 65mins N. Healy (0-1) for Glynn 67mins
Cork: A. Nash; S. O’Neill, B. Murphy, S. McDonnell; A. Walsh (0-1), M. Ellis, C. Murphy (0-1); D. Cahalane, D. Kearney (0-2); B. Lawton (0-1), P. Cronin, B. Cooper; C. Lehane (0-3), S. Harnedy (0-3), P. Horgan (0-9). Subs- J. Coughlan for Cronin ht L. McLoughlin for C. Murphy 44mins A. Cadogan (0-1) for Lawton 47mins P. O’Sullivan (0-1) for Cooper 56mins
Referee: J. Owens (Wexford)