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Cork champions Carbery Rangers book their place in Munster semi-final

Carbery Rangers 2-11
Monaleen 0-7

CORK COUNTY CHAMPIONS Carbery Rangers will face either Stradbally or Abbeyside of Waterford in the Munster semi-final following an impressive 2-11 to 0-7 win over Monaleen of Limerick today.

The entertaining clash, played in perfect conditions at the Gaelic Grounds, saw Monaleen come out of the blocks flying, racking up three excellent goal chances in the opening 4 minutes.

Unfortunately for Muiris Gavin’s side, the Carbery net was not rattled and the Cork title holders responded with three points from John O’Rourke, two from John Hayes and a Seamus Hayes score to put the green, white and gold 0-6 to 0-1 in front after the opening 20 minutes.

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Ger Collins did reply for Monaleen before the break however, but further points from Alan Jennings and Michael Kelly left the half time score 1-8 to 0-2.

The second thirty began much like the first half ended. Carbery Rangers, effortless in their ball skills and score taking, fashion a penalty when the excellent John O’Rourke was pulled down by Monaleen’s Finbar Nash.When O’Rourke chipped the ball beyond the diving Monaleen joint captain Donal O’Sullivan, the game was over as a contest.

Monaleen did not give up and former Limerick football star Ger Collins continued to threaten a well disciplined Carbery defence.

Paul Hodnett is congratulated by a Carberry Rangers supporter after the game.

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Limerick’s current hurling coach, Paul Kinnerk, came off the bench to raise a white flag for the Limerick city men, but there was not enough time or indeed space on the pitch for Monaleen to make any more of a dent on the Carbery lead.

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The final scoreline of 2-11 to 0-7 truly reflected the dominance of the Cork champions, who live to fight another day.

Monaleen:

Donal O’Sullivan, Colm Moran, John O’Dwyer, Evan Quinlan, Padraig Quinn, Jack Hoare, Shane Cusack, Barry Fitzpatrick, Ross Mc Grath, Daniel Enright, Luke Kavanagh, Ed Doyle, Brian O’Donovan, Ger Collins, Graham O’Connell.

Subs: Nash for Cuasck (29), Kinnerk for Kavanagh (30), Barry for Quinlan (42), Kelly for Quinn (45).

Carbery Rangers:

Paul Shanahan, Micheal Kelly, Brian Shanahan, Rob Hegarty, Robbie Kiely, Thomas O’Rourke, Jerry O’Riordan, Kevin Mc Mahon, James Fitzpatrick, Alan Jennings, Chris O’Donovan, Mike Mennis, John O’Rourke, Seamus Hayes, John Hayes.

Subs: Kieran Fitzpatrick for Seamus Hayes (45), P Hodnett for Hegarthy. (48), Sean O’Neill for Chris O’Donovan (56), B Hodnett for Minnis (58).

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