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AUL v Wexford 01.02.2004

Cork AULx v Wexfordx 01.02.2004
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Cork AUL

Captains & ref

Cork AUL 3 Wexford 1

A well organised and skilful Cork side scored a well deserved 3-1 Oscar Traynor Cup win over visitors Wexford at Casement Park on Sunday. Wexford had come with a big reputation but, apart from the last 15 minutes or so, never looked like penetrating a resilient Cork defence.
Cork were to score their first goal in the 11th minute and this came when Damien O’Neill put in an excellent tackle on Thomas Mahon and sent Mick Forde away on the left. Forde got the ball into the box where it broke for the lurking Derek Delea and the Kinsale striker wasted no time in shooting low past Wexford goalkeeper Nicky Murphy.

Damien O’Neill rose high to get in a header that came back off the post. The ball broke for Keith Shaw who coolly picked his spot and slotted it beyond the helpless Murphy.

Any plans that Wexford had for the second half were dealt a severe blow when Cork scored again in the 48th minute. A magnificent pass by Delea fell into the path of Shaw who, coolness personified, looked up, picked his spot and slammed the ball to the right of Nicky Murphy into the back of the net.

Cork started to take their foot off the gas and paid the price for defending too deeply when Wexford opened their account in the 75th minute. Sean Purcell’s powerful 25 yard shot was parried by keeper Eric Cahalane and Gareth Larkin tapped in the rebound.

Cork’s Derek Delea, so comfortable in the ball, was the man of the match. He was a handful for Wexford and regularly linked well with Shaw. His distribution was excellent, well illustrated with that marvellous cross-field pass that picked out Keith Shaw for Cork’s third goal.

Cork AUL: Paul Collins, John Gaffney, Gearoid O’Leary, Damien O’Neill, John Hogan, Ray O’Leary, James O’Leary, Keith Shaw, Derek McCarthy, Derek Delea and Mick Forde. Subs used: Eric Cahalane for Paul Collins (at half time), Jason McGillacuddy for Derek McCarthy (65th minute), Gordon Ryan for John Hogan (75th), John Betts for James O’Leary (78th) and Conor O’Leary for Mick Forde (80th).
Wexford: Micky Murphy, Colm Bent, Ciaran Kelly, John Foley, Anthony Russell, Gareth Larkin, Anthony Roster, Thomas Mahon, Thomas Hawkins, Anthony O'Connor and Mark Lee. Subs used: Michael Grangell for Colm Bent (43rd minute), Sean Purcel for Thomas Mahon (62nd), James Carthy for Anthony O’Connor (70th) and Alan Doyle for Ciaran Kelly (79th).
Referee: Pat Murphy.