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Louth Secures Historic All-Ireland Quarter-Final Spot with Dramatic Win Over Cork

Louth Secures Historic All-Ireland Quarter-Final Spot with Dramatic Win Over Cork

Two-time Cork All-Star Colman Corrigan believes the Cork footballers have drawn the best possible match-up for the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final, urging them to take full advantage of this opportunity against Louth. Louth clinched their first-ever All-Ireland quarter-final berth with a dramatic victory over Cork, sealed by a controversial injury-time free converted by Sam Mulroy.

LOUTH 1-9 CORK 1-8

The decisive moment came as Craig Lennon earned a free from Mattie Taylor on the break, and Mulroy delivered, sending the Louth fans at Grattan Park into ecstasy.

Ger Brennan’s team dominated the second half, particularly the third quarter, during which Cork failed to score. Brian Hurley’s point in the 52nd minute, their first since a pre-break goal, briefly put Cork ahead.

In the 56th minute, Christopher Kelly’s attempt fell short, but Donal McKenny capitalized on Conor Grimes’ effort to score a crucial goal, putting Louth two points ahead.

Cork struggled with accuracy, missing three attempts before Chris Óg Jones made a successful attack following a Niall McDonnell save from substitute Eoghan McSweeney. Jones then equalized for Cork in the 62nd minute after a poor Louth kick-out, setting the stage for Mulroy’s match-winning free.

Cork had dominated possession in the first half, often setting up shots from the left wing. Despite their early control, Louth’s disciplined defense and patient buildup led to several scoring opportunities. Brian O’Driscoll and Colm O’Callaghan initially put Cork ahead, but Louth responded with three consecutive scores, two from Ryan Burns.

Cork broke a 15-minute scoring drought with points from Rory Maguire and O’Callaghan, who completed his hat-trick of scores with a left-footed point in the 33rd minute. Their momentum culminated in a goal from Daniel O’Mahony, set up by Ian Maguire’s incisive kick-pass.

Mulroy’s second free of the half brought Louth within three points at the break, with Cork leading 1-5 to 0-5.

Scorers

Louth:

• S. Mulroy (0-4, 3 frees)

• D. McKenny (1-0)

• R. Burns (0-2)

• C. Lennon (0-2)

• P. Mathews (0-1)

Cork:

• C. O’Callaghan (0-3)

• D. O’Mahony (1-0)

• C. Jones (0-2)

• B. O’Driscoll (0-1)

• R. Maguire (0-1)

• B. Hurley (0-1)

Teams

Louth:

• N. McDonnell, D. Campbell, D. Corcoran, D. McKenny, B. Duffy, A. Williams, C. McKeever, T. Durnin, C. Byrne, C. Early, C. Keenan, C. Lennon, R. Burns, S. Mulroy (C), C. Grimes

• Subs: P. Mathews for C. Byrne (inj. 27), L. Grey for C. Early (63), L. Jackson for R. Burns (69)

Cork:

• C. Kelly, K. Flahive, D. O’Mahony, T. Walsh, M. Shanley, R. Maguire, M. Taylor, I. Maguire, C. O’Callaghan, R. Deane, M. Cronin, B. O’Driscoll, B. Hurley (C), C. Jones, S. Sherlock

• Subs: T. Clancy for T. Walsh (inj. 24), E. McSweeney for R. Deane (51), S. Powter for S. Sherlock (56), C. Corbett for M. Cronin (60)

Referee: N. Mooney (Cavan)

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