All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Donegal 0-21 Cork 1-15

Donegal defeated Cork by 0-21 to 1-15 in Round 4B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 30th at Croke Park.

Round 4B Qualifier: Late Donegal burst decisive

Donegal 0-21 Cork 1-15

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for

Paddy McBrearty’s 11-point haul proved crucial as Donegal bounced back from their Ulster final heartache to set up a mouthwatering All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Dublin.

Rory Gallagher’s side had to dig deep, though, as underdogs Cork conjured a strong display after a difficult season that yielded Allianz league relegation and a shock Munster championship defeat to Tipperary. The Rebels were right in late on and led by two with 17 minutes remaining, but had no answer to Donegal’s strong finish.

A six-in-a-row of Donegal points including three from the excellent McBrearty ultimately eased the 2012 All-Ireland winners through to the last eight. Aside from McBrearty, Ryan McHugh was excellent with three points while another McHugh, Eoin, scored two important points. Donegal will need a significant improvement to overcome the Dubs though they’re still alive at least.

Cork have now missed out on an All-Ireland quarter-final spot for the second year running having contested one in each of the previous 10 seasons. Donegal set up in traditional defensive fashion and got 14 men behind the ball from the off when defending, leaving McBrearty alone up front.

Yet it opened out into a surprisingly attacking and exciting affair with both sides profiting from counter attacking movements. Cork dominated the first quarter and led 1-6 to 0-4 after 18 minutes. Peadar Healy’s side shook off a patchy season so far with some of their best football in this period.

Defenders Tom Clancy (Fermoy) and Sean Powter bombed forward for Cork points and Paul Kerrigan curled in a beautiful goal. The vastly experienced Nemo Rangers man took on Clancy’s pass, cut inside Neil McGee and curled a right footed shot beyond Mark Anthony McGinley to the right corner. It was reminiscent of Cork’s excellent start against Dublin here in the Allianz league though Donegal came roaring back into the game in the next 15 minutes or so.

Eoin McHugh began a blitz of points that ended with Donegal outscoring Cork by 0-7 to 0-1 between the 21st and 32nd minutes. It was superb football as Donegal attacked at pace, weaving some spectacular passing moves and, for the most, finding McBrearty at the end of those moves to take scores.

Donegal led 0-11 to 1-7 after 32 minutes but Cork finished the half strong with Clancy’s second point and one from Donncha O’Connor to lead 1-9 to 0-11 at the break. Aidan Walsh came on for Cork late in the first-half, replacing the injured Alan O’Connor. It was Walsh’s first football action in exactly two years having joined the hurling setup for 2015.

The sides were level on a number of occasions in the third quarter as both sides did their best to move clear. McBrearty and Ryan McHugh scored some excellent points for Donegal while Walsh hit a score for Cork who led 1-14 to 0-15 after 53 minutes. But Donegal showed their hunger for progression with those six points on the trot to advance impressively. McBrearty picked up a black card in the 76th minute for a drag down, but was afforded a huge ovation as he walked off.

Scorers for Donegal: P McBrearty 0-11 (4fs), R McHugh 0-3, E McHugh 0-2, M Murphy 0-2 (1f), K Lacey 0-1, F McGlynn 0-1, O MacNiallais 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: P Kerrigan 1-1, D O’Connor 0-2, K O’Driscoll 0-2, T Clancy (Clonakilty) 0-2, C O’Driscoll 0-2, C O’Neill 0-2 (1f), S Powter 0-1, M Collins 0-1, T Clancy (Fermoy) 0-1, A Walsh 0-1.

Donegal: MA McGinley; P McGrath, E McGee, N McGee; K Lacey, M O’Reilly, F McGlynn; O MacNiallais, M Murphy; A Thompson, M McElhinney, E McHugh; R Kavanagh, P McBrearty, R McHugh
Subs: C Gillespie for E McGee (43), L McLoone for Kavanagh (46), C Toye for Thompson (55), M McHugh for McGlynn (61), E Doherty for N McGee (68), H McFadden for MacNiallais (71). McBrearty BC 76, not replaced.

Cork: R Price; S Cronin, E Cadogan, T Clancy (Clonakilty); C O’Driscoll, S Powter, T Clancy (Fermoy); A O’Connor, I Maguire; K O’Driscoll, M Collins, M Hurley; D O’Connor, P Kelleher, P Kerrigan
Subs: A Walsh for A O’Connor (35+1), P Kelly for Kelleher (42), C O’Neill for D O’Connor (47), B O’Driscoll for Clancy (Clonakilty) (48), J O’Rourke for K O’Driscoll (62), A Cadogan for Powter (68).

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)

Team News

The Cork senior Football team for tomorrow All-Ireland Football Championship Qualifier Round 4B v Donegal in Croke Park has been announced as follows

Cork Senior Football Team
1. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
2. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
5. Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
7. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
8. Alan O Connor (St Colum’s)
9. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
10. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
11. Paddy Kelly (Ballincollig)
12. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)
16. Micheal A Martin (Nemo Rangers)
17. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
18. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)
19. Niall Coakley (St Jude’s)
20. Kieran Histon (Cobh)
21. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)
22. Fintan Goold (Macroom)
23. Donncha O Connor (Ballydesmond)
24. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
25. Sean Powter (Douglas)
26. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)

Donegal: Mark Anthony McGinley, Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Ciaran Gillespie, Ryan McHugh, Karl Lacey, Frank McGlynn, Rory Kavanagh, Martin McElhinney, Anthony Thompson, Odhrán MacNiallais, Eoin McHugh, Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy, Martin O’Reilly

They meet in the championship for the fourth time with Cork winning two of the previous three meetings while Donegal won one. Donegal’s success came in the 2012 semi-final, winning 0-16 t0 1-11 while Cork’s victories were both in quarter-finals. In 2009, they won by 1-27 to 2-10 and by 1-11 to 1-10 in 2006.

The last competitive clash between the counties was in Round 2 of the Allianz League last February when Donegal won by 2-14 to 1-7 in Ballyshannon.

Donegal are bidding to reach the quarter-final for a sixth successive year. Cork missed out last year, losing to Kildare in a Round 4 qualifier, having qualified for the quarter-final in each of the previous ten seasons.

Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Cork 2-12 Limerick 0-10 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
Cork 2-9 Longford 1-6 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 3)
Donegal 2-12 Fermanagh 0-11 (Ulster quarter-final)
Monaghan 0-14 Donegal 1-11 (Ulster semi-final)
Donegal 0-17 Monaghan 2-10 (Ulster semi-final) Replay
Tyrone 0-13 Donegal 0-11 (Ulster final)