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U-21: Cork 1-13 Down 2-09

Updated: Monday, 04 May 2009 21:03

Cork captain Colm O'Neill with the Clarke Cup Colm O'Driscoll slots home to give Cork victory Cork manager John Cleary and captain Colm O'Neill celebrate Cork's 11th title at this level A dejected Timmy Hanna at the final whistle
Cork captain Colm O'Neill with the Clarke Cup Colm O'Driscoll slots home to give Cork victory Cork manager John Cleary and captain Colm O'Neill celebrate Cork's 11th title at this level A dejected Timmy Hanna at the final whistle

A goal from Colm O'Driscoll deep into injury-time stole victory for Cork from the jaws of defeat as the county won an absorbing Cadbury All-Ireland U-21 Football Championship at Portlaoise's O'Moore Park.

The Rebels led by three points at the break, 0-08 to 0-05, but the Ulster champions rallied in the second period to lead thanks to goals from Eamon Toner and captain Timmy Hanna.

But just as it looked like Down would claim a first title at this level since 1979, O'Driscoll stepped up in the 62nd minute to hammer a rebound from Aidan Walsh's saved shot to the net.

Cork: A Seymour; S McLoughlan, L Jennings, N Galvin; C O'Driscoll, A Walsh, B Daly; C O'Donovan, K O'Driscoll; C Sheehan, M Collins (0-02), C O'Driscoll (1-00); C O'Neill (0-05, 2f), D Goold (0-05, 3f), P Honahan. Subs: J Fitzpatrick (0-01) for Sheehan (32); B Lombard for Jennings (49); B O'Driscoll for Honahan (62); L McLoughlin for K O'Driscoll (62).

Down: G Joyce; M Digney, C Murney, D Turley; T Hanna (1-00), J Fitzpatrick, J Murphy; M Magee, P Fitzpatrick (0-02); E Toner (1-00), C Maginn, J O'Reilly; P Devlin (0-03, 3f), P McComiskey (0-04, 2f), C Poland. Subs: N Higgins for Digney (46).

Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath).

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