Dubs Secure Third League Win In Intense Battle With Cork

Jack McCaffrey - PwC Player Of The All Ireland Final

Jack McCaffrey made his return to the Dublin setup in this afternoon tough tie with Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Jack McCaffrey - PwC Player Of The All Ireland Final

Cork 2-10
Dublin 0-18
Allianz National Football League Division 2. Round 3
Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork

In a seriously intense 2nd half with both sides losing a player to double yellow cards, Dublin once again held on to secure a third football league win on the bounce. Today also saw the return of Jack McCaffrey to the Dublin panel for the first time in three years. Cork will feel disappointed to not have gotten a result from this game but the Dubs were certainly more clinical in front of the posts.

The game was cagey to start compared to it’s finish. Dean Rock registered the first score in the 5th. Brian Hurley levelled things with Cork’s first 2 minutes later. The cat and mouse battle continued up to the 21st minute with the sides level on 0-04 each. That was until Eoghan McSweeney rocketed the ball into the Dublin net to lift Cork into a lead. This was the opportunity for the home side to capitalise but they only managed two more scores in the half with Dublin reeling off 0-06 to lad by the minimum at the break.

14 v 14 for the majority of the second half

Dessie Farrell’s men continued to build on the restart with another four scores and it looked like Dublin’s game management was in perfect working order. Ian Magure received a second yellow card three minutes in after pulling Con O’Callaghan’s jersey. And the luck was certainly pointing in the visitors direction. But when Lee Gannon received his marching orders Cork stepped up their game. They hit 2 quick scores before Matty Taylor landed a cracking goal to draw level.

Brian Fenton returned Dublin‘s lead with a point before Dessie Farrell chose his moment to re-introduce Jack McCaffrey to the traveling Dublin supporters. The Clontarf man got involved immediately cueing up James McCarthy for a peach of a score. But Cork didn’t lie down and kept coming at the Dubs.

With 7 minutes added time it gave Cork room to reel Dublin in. Hurley had the best chance to get his second goal after sneaking through the Dublin defence only to slice his effot wide. McCaffrey annouced himself at the other end with a score before the game took another twist. Hurley again found himself in a scoring position that could have seen Cork win by a point. But his bullet of a shot reached the fingers of David O’Hanlon who was able to push it off the post and wide ending the game in Dublin’s favour.

Scorers for Cork:

Brian Hurley 0-08 (3f, 1 mark)
Eoghan McSweeney 1-01
Mattie Taylor 1-00
Steven Sherlock 0-01 (1f)

Scorers for Dublin:

Dean Rock 0-06 (4f)
Con O’Callaghan 0-04 (1 mark)
Daire Newcombe 0-02
Cian Murphy 0-01
Brian Fenton 0-01
Cormac Costello 0-01
Ross McGarry 0-01
James McCarthy 0-01
Jack McCaffrey 0-01


1. Mícheál Aodh Martin
2. Maurice Shanley
3. Daniel O’Mahony
4. Tommy Walsh
5. Luke Fahy
6. Rory Maguire
7. Mattie Taylor
8. Colm O’Callaghan
9. Ian Maguire
10. Eoghan McSweeney
11. Seán Powter
12. Brian O’Driscoll
13. Brian Hurley
14. Chris Óg Jones
15. Steven Sherlock

Cork Substitutes:

23. Ruairi Deane for Sherlock (43)
24. Conor Corbett for Jones (55)
22. John O’Rourke for McSweeney (61)
21. Killian O’Hanlon for Powter (62)
25. Fionn Herlihy for O’Driscoll (72)


1. David O’Hanlon
2. Cian Murphy
23. Daire Newcombe
4. Michael Fitzsimons
5. Lee Gannon
6. John Small
24. Peadar Ó Cofaigh-Byrne
8. Brian Fenton
9. Tom Lahiff
10. Niall Scully
11. Ciaran Kilkenny
12. Ross McGarry
13. Cormac Costello
14. Dean Rock
15. Con O’Callaghan

Dublin Substitutes:

21. James McCarthy for Ó Cofaigh-Byrne (44)
19. David Byrne for Scully (55)
17. Colm Basquel for McGarry (55)
7. Jack McCaffrey for Murphy (59)
25. Lorcan O’Dell for Costello (68)