Hurling and camogie

How the Limerick players rated against Cork

Andy Watters

Cork ratings:

Anthony Nash: Beaten by Lynch late in first half, Dowling's penalty and Pat Ryan's audacious chip. One excellent save to deny Lynch early in the second half. Puck-outs accurate, but Cork were outmuscled. 6

Sean O'Donoghue: Mulcahy scored three points off him in a five-minute first half spell. Did well otherewise and finished game on Peter Casey. 6

Damien Cahalane: Early catch settled him and he coped well with Limerick's aerial barrage. Hammer and tongs battle with Flanagan who scored one point. Lost Ryan for goal at the death. 6.5

Colm Spillane: Had his hands full with Gillane who turned him twice in the first half and might have had two goals. The Castlelyons clubman stuck to his task though. 6

Christopher Joyce: Was the spare man at the back when Cork had possession. Picked up Kyle Hayes and they scored a point each. 6

Eoin Cadogan: Got on a lot of ball at centre-half back and used it well. Bypassed as Limerick went straight to their full-forward line. Gearoid Hegarty nailed three points to win their personal battle. 6

Mark Coleman: Sideline cut whistled over the bar in the first half. Scored a point too and shut dangerman Tom Morrissey out of the game. 6.5

Bill Cooper: Showed flashes of sublime touch and skill and had to work tirelessly in the midfield battle. Gave away a couple of soft frees. 6

Darragh Fitzgibbon: Created Cork's first point and scored four himself. Quick and direct, he is a powerful runner and won his duel with Darragh O'Donovan. 7

Daniel Kearney: Quick feet and a sharp brain. There's not a lot of him but he made his presence felt yesterday. Two points in the first half, one in the second. Injured and withdrawn after an hour and Cork missed his energy. Returned for extra-time but didn't look fully fit. 8

Conor Lehane: Came into his own in the second half when he was switched to full-forward. Finished with 2-3. Superb strike for his first goal which gave Cork a five-point buffer. Got another at the death. 8

Luke Meade: A wide in first half, but ran on to Harnedy pass for a second half score. Cancelled out Limerick wing-back Dan Morrissey. 6.5

Shane Kingston: Worked hard for three first half points from play. Denied a goal by a superb save from Limerick goalkeeper Quaid. 6.5

Seamus Harnedy: Strong as an ox, the Cork skipper led by example. The target for a lot of Nash puck-outs, he alternated between full-forward and half-forward. Two points in the first half and denied a goal by a terrific save from Quaid. 7

Pat Horgan: Held his nerve to convert last gasp free that forced extra-time. Four wides in the first half but eight frees from half-time on. Finished with 11. 7.5

Substitutes:

Robbie O'Flynn: On for Kingston after 55 minutes, set up late goal chance for Harnedy at the death. 7

Mark Ellis: Almost had a tap-in after Horgan shot hit post. Foul on Dowling conceded the crucial penalty in second period of extra-time. Booked. 6

Tim O'Mahony: Picked up Pat Ryan after replacing Meade with 62 minutes gone. Couldn't see Cork home. 5.5

Michael Cahalane: On for Kearney after an hour. Started extra-time on the bench but then replaced Harnedy at full-forward. 5

Jack O'Connor: Thrown on in the last five minutes to save the Rebels. Scored a point. 5

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