Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 2-14 Monaghan 1-16

Cork defeated Monaghan by 2-14 to 1-16 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on February 8th at Castleblayney.

D1: Colm O’Neill double downs Monaghan

Allianz Football League Division I: Monaghan 1-16 Cork 2-14

Cork made it two wins from two in the Allianz League Division I in an enthralling game against Monaghan in front of 5,248 at Castleblayney on Sunday.

Monaghan led for long spells, with Kieran Hughes scoring the opening goal, but a brace of three-pointers by Colm O’Neill, who had a superb tussle with Ryan Wylie, proved enough for Cork to just grab the victory. Monaghan took a mere 18 seconds to open the scoring through Fintan Kelly, but frees by Donncha O’Connor and Colm O’Neill settled Cork into the game. Kieran Duffy and Conor McManus replied for Monaghan, but the free-taking of O’Neill and O’Connor kept Cork in touch.

Kieran Hughes lit this game up with a brilliant goal on 21 minutes, while Paul Finlay added his name to the scoresheet with a fine point, before O’Connor got Cork’s opening score from play with a tidy finish in the 29th minute. The teams continued to trade scores right up to half-time, with Conor Boyle doubling Monaghan’s lead, only for another O’Connor free – after Dessie Mone had been shown the game’s only black card – to leave Cork within a point at the interval: 1-6 to 0-8.

Monaghan started the second half brightly with points by McManus (two) and Finlay, but their work was undone when O’Neill scored his first goal and Brian O’Driscoll added a point. A Dermot Malone point and a brace of frees by McManus regained Monaghan’s advantage, but O’Neill rattled in 1-1 in quick succession, as the lead changed hands yet again.

Frees by Finlay and McManus were cancelled out by points from play by Brian Hurley and Eoin Cadogan. A ninth McManus point brought Monaghan level once more, but O’Neill’s right-footed point from play proved to be the winner. There was still time for Monaghan to earn another chance to take a share of the spoils, but McManus, who was attempting to take his tally into double figures, saw his free drift wide and time was up, leaving Cork out on their own at the top with four points to their name.
Scorers for Monaghan: C McManus 0-9 (8f), K Hughes 1-0, P Finlay 0-3 (1f), C Boyle 0-1, F Kelly 0-1, K Duffy 0-1, D Malone 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill 2-6 (0-5f), D O’Connor 0-5 (4f), B O’Driscoll 0-1, E Cadogan 0-1, B Hurley 0-1.

MONAGHAN: R Beggan; C Boyle, D Wylie, R Wylie; D Mone, F Kelly K Duffy; N McAdam, P Finlay; D Malone, S Gollogly, R McAnespie; D McKenna, K Hughes, C McManus. Subs: V Corey for Mone (black card), T Kerr for McKenna (both HT), D Clerkin for McAdam (51), K O’Connell for K Duffy, O Duffy for McAnespie (both 66).

CORK: K O’Halloran; J Loughrey, E Cadogan, Thomas Clancy; B O’Driscoll, C Dorman, Tomás Clancy; M Collins, I Maguire; D O’Connor, J O’Rourke, C O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, B Hurley, P Kerrigan. Subs: K O’Driscoll for Kerrigan (H-T), J O’Sullivan for C O’Driscoll (51), D Óg Hodnett for Hurley (65).

Referee: F Kelly (Longford)
Report: Colm Shalvey for

Fixture Details
Sun 08 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 2015 Round 2
Venue: Castleblayney
Monaghan V Cork 14:00
Ref: Fergal Kelly

Match Coverage

Deferred coverage of this game will be shown on TG4

Team News

The Cork Team will line out as follows:

1. Ken O’Halloran
2. Tomás Clancy

3. Tom Clancy

4. James Loughrey

5. Conor Dorman

6. Eoin Cadogan

7. Brian O’Driscoll

8. Fintan Goold

9. Ian Maguire

10. Mark Collins

11. Donnacha O’Connor

12. Colm O’Driscoll

13. Colm O’Neill

14. Paul Kerrigan

15. Brian Hurley


16. Michael Martin

17. Jamie O’Sullivan

18. Daniel Hazel

19. Stephen O’Donoghue

20. Michael Cussen

21. Donal Óg Hodnett

22. Luke Connelly

23. John Hayes

24. John O’Rourke

25. Barry O’Driscoll

26. Kevin O’Driscoll

Conor Dorman and Paul Kerrigan start this week having been drafted in to action last weekend. Patrick Kelly, Daniel Goulding and Noel Galvin are back training but were not considered for this game.

MONAGHAN (NFL v Cork): R Beggan (Scotstown); C Boyle (Clontibret), D Wylie (Ballybay), R Wylie (Ballybay); D Mone (Clontibret), F Kelly (Clones), K Duffy (Latton); N McAdam (Monaghan Harps), D Clerkin (Currin); Darren Hughes (Scotstown), S Gollogly (Carrickmacross), R McAnespie (Emyvale); D Malone (Castleblayney Faughs), D McKenna (Truagh Gaels), K Hughes (Scotstown)
Subs: E Duffy (Drumshambo), J McCarron (Truagh Gaels), P McGuigan (Cremartin), K O’Connell (Tyholland), V Corey (Clontibret), P Finlay (Ballybay), C McManus (Clontibret), P Donaghy (Donaghmoyne), O Duffy (Latton), B McElroy (Castleblayney Faughs), P Meegan (Enniskeen).