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GAA: Cork Cruise Past Sligo As Galway Win Eight Goal Thriller

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers Round 4A

Cork 0-21 Sligo 1-11

Cork made light work of Sligo in Tullamore this weekend to book a place in the All-Ireland quarter finals.

Cork were dominant in most areas of the field as Sligo found it very difficult to breach the Cork defence. Paul Kerrigan was influential for the rebels as he linked up play between defence and attack. Colm O’Neill was also playing well when he scored four points for the rebels in the opening half. Sligo only managed two single scores in the opening half and the task seemed too big for the Connacht side.

Sligo improved in the second half and with the gap between the two sides beginning to shorten, especially with scores from Charlie Harrison and Adrian Marren, it looked like all hope was not lost A high ball in by Marren was punched to the net by Stephen Coen, which revitalised Sligo’s hopes of an upset.  Sligo failed to kick on from this as the rebels closed out the game with further scores from Kerrigan, O’Neill and Damien Cahalane giving them a solid victory.

Galway 4-17 Tipperary 4-12

Galway against Tipperary was an eagerly anticipated game and it certainly lived up to expectations, with the tribesmen emerging victorious from an eight goal thriller.

Tipperary started strongly with some good positive play which resulted in some good scores most notably from Peter Acheson who bagged himself a brace. Tipperary seemed to be doing quite well and remained in front for most of the opening period of the first half. Galway soon got a foothold of possession and when Fiontaín O Curraoin made a darting run through the premier county’s defence to score a goal that would change the flow of the game.  Tipperary seemed rattled and when another player burst through from midfield again it was Thomas Flynn who finished to the net. Galway led rather comfortably by 2-7 to 0-7 at the break.

Tipperary could not have had a worse start to the second half conceding two easy goals at the start of the second half from Danny Cummins and Michael Lundy giving the tribesmen a huge lead. Galway’s movement from midfield was excellent at times as they really exposed Tipperary’s defence.  The game seemed over especially with Galway scoring four goals already but Tipperary never gave up and when Galway took their foot off the gas in the last twenty minutes in the game Tipperary clawed their way back. Four second half goals coming from Brian Fox, Brian Mulvihill, Colin O’Riordan and a well taken penalty by Conor Sweeney set up a lively finish. Shane Walsh had an excellent game for the tribesmen as he notched up a total of five points. Tipperary dominated possession but time ran out as Galway hung on to advance to the All-Ireland quarter finals to face Kerry.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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