Cork will meet Kerry in the Bank of Ireland All-Ireland football semi-final after cruising to a 0-16 to 1-10 victory over Mayo at sun-drenched Croke Park this afternoon. Colin Corkery was again the main performer with six points for an overall disappointing Cork side that was never really tested by Mayo, who failed to match the heights scaled in previous championship outings against Roscommon and Tipperary. The Rebel County always held the advantage after enjoying the better of the first-half and led by five points or more for most of the second, before Kieran McDonald converted a penalty in injury time to leave just three points between the sides at the final whistle.
Both sides enjoyed plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges, but Larry Tompkins' side took the initiative with five unanswered points during a ten minute period of dominance to take a four point advantage in at the break. Cork continued to impress on the restart and try as they might Mayo failed to make any inroads on the deficit, and there was an air of inevitability about the outcome from a very early stage of the second 35.
Mayo struggled to reduce the arrears despite making a number of changes, and were six points behind when Brian Maloney was fouled in the dying minutes to give McDonald the opportunity to score from the spot. The Crossmolina man made no mistake with a well dispatched penalty to set up frantic finale, but they failed to find a breakthrough and it is Cork who progress to a last four showdown with Munster rivals Kerry. The outcome may have been different had it not been for the heroics of Cork goalkeeper Kevin O'Dwyer, who denied Mayo certain goals on three occasions.
Filed by Shane Murray