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25th, Aug, 2013
Rebel's rally rocks Dublin in remarkable TG4 All Ireland Quarter Final
Cork 1-19 Dublin 2-12
The Cork Senior team produced one of the most remarkable recoveries ever witnessed in a Ladies Football game when they turned a second half 9 point deficit into a 4 point victory over Dublin in the TG4 All Ireland Quarter final in Birr on Sat.
Reigning All Ireland Champions Cork refused to yield and in a second half display of courage, character, commitment and class they defied the odds to book a Semi-Final spot on Sept 7th with Kerry.
In the opening half the Rebels struggled to reach the levels of performance that brought them to the pinnacle of All Ireland success over the last eight years.
With the Dublin backline in control and Cork uncharacteristically coughing up too much possession in the middle sector the Rebels struggled to remain in contention as Dublin ran to a 1-08 to 0-7 half time lead.
Cork were fortunate to be only four points adrift at the short whistle as Dublin spurned two goal chances in a period where they failed they reflect their dominance on the scoreboard.
Cork introduced Orlagh Farmer and Rhona Ní Bhuachalla at half time for Orla Finn and Anne Marie Walsh and both players made significant contributions to the Rebels second half recovery.
Two early points from Doireann O’ Sullivan raised Cork hopes but Dublin rallied and looked to have seen off the Cork challenge when they notched up 1-4 without reply to stretch their lead to nine points with just twenty minutes remaining.
Staring defeat and end to their All Ireland Championship aspirations Cork produced another remarkable recovery reminiscent of their quarter final victory over the Dubs in 2011 when they overcame a six point deficit to claim victory.
In a twenty minute spell that will rank with the best in the glorious history of Cork GAA the Rebels scored 1-10 without reply to see off the Dublin challenge and book their place in the Semi final where they will meet Munster Champions Kerry on Sept 7th.
Massive weekend on the 7th and 8th of Sept in store for the Rebel county
Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-8 (5f), R Ní Bhuachalla 1-0, D O’Sullivan 0-3, N Cleary 0-3, G O’Flynn 0-2 (1f), C O’Sullivan 0-2, J Murphy 0-1.
Scorers for Dublin: S Aherne 0-7 (5f), L Davey & L Peat 1-0 each, N Healy 0-2, A McGuinness, N McEvoy & S Goldrick 0-1 each.
CORK: M O’Brien; A.M. Walsh, B Stack, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, R Buckley, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, Angela Walsh; N Cleary, C O’Sullivan, Annie Walsh; V Mulcahy, D O’Sullivan, O Finn.
Subs: R Ní Bhuachalla for Finn (h.t.), O Farmer for Annie Walsh (h.t.), A Barrett for A.M. Walsh (53).
DUBLIN: C O’Connor; C Ruddy, S McGrath, L Caffrey; M Byrne, S Goldrick, S Finnegan; D Masterson, N McEvoy; K Flood, A McGuinness, N Healy; L Peat, S Aherne, L Davey.
Subs: N Hyland for Flood (44), O Egan for Masterson (48), E Kelly for Peat (54), D Murphy for McEvoy (54), C Ruddy for Healy (57).
Referee: J Niland (Sligo).