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Rebels rally to book semi-final
29 Mar 2015 19:07
Cork 0-18 Wexford 0-14
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Cork came from six points behind at half-time to book a place in the NHL semi-finals after an engrossing contest at Pairc Ui Rinn.
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Wexford managed just one point in the second-half against the wind and did not help their cause by shooting 18 wides in the game.
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Cork never panicked however and with Pat Horgan in superb shooting form, they booked their place in the semi-finals.
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Wexford played some excellent hurling in the opening half when they had the wind and were well worth their 0-13 to 0-07 interval lead.
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Their defence closed down the Cork attack and the Rebels managed just 0-02 from play in that opening half, with Conor Lehane and Seamus Harnedy finding the range and Pat Horgan supplying the rest from placed balls.
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Wexford made the most of a lot of loose marking around the middle of the field and by half-time eight different players found the target for Liam Dunne’s men.
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The sides were level at 0-02 each after seven minutes before Wexford hit six points without reply in a great eight-minute spell.
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Ian Byrne hit a couple of frees and Conor McDonald, Diarmuid O’Keeffe, Daithi Waters and Garrett Sinnott also shot excellent points.
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Horgan lifted the siege with a free from the left but another Byrne free and one from wing-back David Redmond put Wexford ahead by 0-10 to 0-03 after 21 minutes.
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Harnedy pointed from play for Cork before McDonald got his third of the match for Wexford, with Horgan splitting the posts with a 65.
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Byrne got his fourth free and Jack Guiney also pointed for Wexford but Horgan reduced the margin to six at the break with two close range frees just before the interval.
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Horgan was off target with a free from the left shortly after the restart but Lehane landed a sublime point to reduce the deficit.
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Cork continued to step up a gear and good passing set up Horgan for a good point to cut the margin to four points.
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Jack Guiney pointed a free for Wexford but their lead was reduced to a goal by the 45th minute when Lehane got his third point and Horgan got one from play.
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Rob O’Shea went forward from wing-back to point for Cork and another Horgan left it 0-14 to 0-13 after 48 minutes.
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Horgan then tied the match five minutes later with an excellent point from play.
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Wexford badly needed a score but wayward shooting cost them dearly.
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Daniel Kearney pointed for Cork ten minutes from the end to edge them in front and they never looked back after.
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Horgan landed his tenth pointy and sub Paudie O’Sullivan put a goal between them in the closing stages before Seamus Harnedy hit an insurance point in stoppage time.
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