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Allianz FL D2: Cork secure critical win
Allianz Football League Division Two
Cork 2-14 Kildare 0-7
By Ger McNally at St Conleth's Park
This game in Newbridge between two sides who had both lost in the opening round turned into a very one-sided game as Cork bounced back from their defeat to Meath with this thumping win over Kildare.
Having conceded three goals last week, Cork tightened up defensively and held Kildare scoreless until the 28th minute. That defensive solidity wasnt at the expense of their forward play and they caused Kildare endless problems, goals from Sean Powter in the 15th minute and from Cathail OMahony in the 74th minute the highlights of their afternoon.
There were no scores in the opening 10 minutes of the game but even though Kildare had more of the ball during that period, it still felt as if the game was being played on Corks terms. They protected their 45 very well and Kildare were restricted to attacking around the fringes of their defence.
Brian Hurley opened the scoring with points in the 10th and 14th minutes, and then turned provider for the opening goal of the game when he played the ball across the face of the Kildare goal and Powter was able to bundle home.
At that stage, the game already felt like it was slipping away from Kildare.
Cork had 1-6 on the scoreboard before Jimmy Hyland finally gave the large home support something to cheer about with Kildares first point.
The home manager Glenn Ryan had seen enough and made two substitutions before the break. One of those, Ben McCormack scored the last point of the first half but with the score at 1-8 to 0-2 as the sides headed for the dressing room, the game already felt over as a contest.
Kildare did improve very slightly in the opening stages of the second half and outscored Cork by 0-3 to 0-2 in the opening 15 minutes but any hope of getting back into the game evaporated when Alex Beirne let frustrations get the better of him and he was shown a red card for lashing out at a Cork player.
Cork saw the game out comfortably from there and they completed their afternoon when OMahony got in for a late goal, and a black card shown to Killian OHanlon in the final seconds proved completely inconsequential.
It puts John Clearys team in good health ahead of Dublins visit to Cork in two weeks but its back to the drawing board for Kildare and they badly need a response when they travel to Ennis to meet Clare in their next game.
Scorers for Cork: S Sherlock 0-4 1f, 145, B Hurley 0-4 1m, 1f, 145; C O'Mahony 1-1; S Powter 1-0; B ODriscoll 0-3; C OCallaghan 0-1, L Fahy 0-1.
Scorers for Kildare: J Robinson 0-3; J Hyland 0-2 1f; B McCormack 0-1, D Kirwan 0-1.
Cork: Michal Aodh Martin; Maurice Shanley, Daniel O'Mahony, Tommy Walsh; Luke Fahy, Rory Maguire, Mattie Taylor; Colm O'Callaghan, Ian Maguire; Eoghan McSweeney, Sean Power, Brian O'Driscoll; Chris g Jones, Brian Hurley, Steven Sherlock.
Subs: Cathal O'Mahony for Jones h/t; Ruairi Deane for McSweeney 51; Conor Corbett for Sherlock 55; Killian O'Hanlon for O'Callaghan 56-61, b/s; Sean Meehan for Powter 66-f/t, b/s, Killian O'Hanlon for Maguire 69; Cian Kiely for Maguire 703.
Kildare: Mark Donnellan; Mick O'Grady, Shea Ryan, Ryan Houlihan; Darragh Malone, Kevin Flynn, Paddy McDermott; Aaron Masterson, Kevin O'Callaghan; Neil Flynn, David Hyland, Paul Cribbin; Jimmy Hyland, Darragh Kirwan, Jack Robinson.
Subs: Tony Archbold for Houlihan 28; Ben McCormack for N Flynn 30; Alex Beirne for Cribbin h/t; Kevin Feely for Masterson 45; Daniel Flynn for J Hyland 53.
Referee: Jerome Henry Mayo.
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