Some Jack McCaffrey magic saw Dublin advance to the All Ireland Football Semi Finals after victory over Cork

Dublin 1-15
Cork 0-13
Croke Park. Saturday, August 3rd 2013

It was the last time Dublin and Cork faced each other in the All Ireland Football Championship. And the precursor for Dublin’s memorable Semi Final encounter that year against Kerry.

All Ireland Football Quarter Final 2013

Ten of the current crop of Dublin stars started this game, and in a close ran game only two points seperated the sides at half time on 0-09 to 0-07 scoreline. Goal chances were plentiful but only Jack McCaffrey 38th minute strike from the tightest of angles crossed the line in front of Hill 16.

That score ultimately won the game for Dublin, putting the fixture out of Cork’s reach for the rest of the half. The rebels came within two scores again with 21 minutes remaining but that was as close as they got. As Dublin’s possession and attack continued to push Cork back into their own half limiting the damage.

Dublin’s scores and scorers

Dublin had nine players on the scoresheet including substitutes Dean Rock, Denis Bastick and Kevin McManamon. Stephen Cluxton was still in charge of dead ball duties, scoring 0-06 in total. A brace each for Paul Flynn, Ciaran Kilkenny and Rock, and single scores for Michael Darragh Macauley, Bernard Brogan, McManamon and Bastick. But the score of the game was the clever ball Jack McCaffrey sent across the front of the goal and into the top corner of the Cork net.

After Paul Flynn had shaken off three Cork players around the 45, he laid a short pass off to Bernard Brogan who ran back through the same three Cork men to fist the ball to Cian O’Sullivan. With a quick look up O’Sullivan saw Paul Mannion off the edge of the square. As Mannion received the long kick pass, McCaffrey was already building up a head of steam. He took the ball from Mannion and squeezed between two Cork defenders. And from an impossible angle curled the ball around Alan Quirke and into the top of the net.