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Cork Survive Nightmare Start To Win All-Ireland U20 Title

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Cork survived a nightmare start where they trailed Dublin by nine points before registering a score to go on and lift the All-Ireland U20 Football title in O’Moore Park.

Dublin got their charge off to the perfect start with back-to-back points from James Doran and Ciaran Archer in the opening minute.

Archer added the third point for Dublin from a free before Brian O’Leary and Ross McGarry both scored beautiful points to leave Dublin five ahead after eight minutes of play.

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After ten minutes of play, Dublin led by six and Cork looked like deers in headlights as they struggled to get to grips with a slick Dublin outfit. It only got worse for the Rebel county when Archer pounced on a short kick-out before dispossessing the defender and slotting home from a tight angle to put Dublin ahead by 1-6 to 0-0.

It was Archer’s tenth goal in five games in what has been a remarkable campaign for the St. Maurs player.

However, Archer’s goal seemed to be a catalyst that ignited Cork as they went straight down the field to score a goal of their own through Blake Murphy.

The two sides traded scores before Cork officially announced their arrival in O’Moore Park with two quick-fire goals through Mark Cronin and Colm O’Callaghan.

Murphy then sent over a beauty from play in the 20th minute to level the match as the short whistle loomed.

The two sides traded scores down the home stretch before Cathal O’Mahony fired between the posts from 30 metres following a strong run from Sean Meehan.

With the last kick of the half Daniel O’Connell ghosted up from midfield to score to put Cork ahead by two points at the break, 3-6 to 1-10.

Archer pointed from a free in the first minute of the second half before O’Leary chipped in with another following a well-worked move to leave the sides level once more.

As the game entered the final quarter, Cork nudged themselves back into a two-point lead. Cronin pointed first from a placed kick before a poor Dublin kick-out lead to Jack Murphy firing over from a difficult angle.

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Dublin were then dealt a huge blow when Paedar Ó’Cofaigh Byrne received a black card before Cathal O’Mahony extended the Rebel lead to three. Murphy and Archer traded scores to leave the score at 1-13 to 3-10 as the game entered the final fifteen minutes.

Damien Gore scored three-in-a-row from play to put Cork into a six-point lead as the Rebel County started to believe that this was indeed their day.

Dublin’s day went from bad to worse as Karl Lynch Bissett was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence before O’Mahony stretched Cork’s lead to seven.

Fionn Herlihy pointed for Cork before David Lacey pegged one back for Dublin but the comeback never came as Mark Cronin scored to put Cork eight ahead and seal a fantastic with for the Rebel County.


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