THREE second-half goals from Cork helped propel the Rebels into the Allianz Football League Division 1 final at the expense of Donegal in Croke Park on Sunday afternoon.
Two second-half goals from the lethal Colm O’Neill sandwiched Brian Hurley’s tidy finish from a tight angle as Cork won 4-11 to 0-19 to book a place in the final against Dublin, who later defeated Monaghan.
Tom Clancy struck a first-half goal for Cork against the Ulster men, who had beaten Brian Cuthbert’s side in the league already, but the Rebels had their number in this knock-out tie. Clancy’s goal had levelled the game, 1-4 to 0-7, and the game was also tied at the break, 1-8 to 0-11.
Then came Cork’s three goals, and a fantastic save from Ken O’Halloran at a vital stage, as the Munster men advance to the league final on April 26.
Cork: Colm O’Neill 2-2 (1f), Brian Hurley 1-1, Fintan Goold 0-4, Tom Clancy 1-0, John O’Rourke, Conor Dorman, Colm O’Driscoll, Michael Shields 0-1 each.
Donegal: Michael Murphy 0-8 (3f, 1 45), Patrick McBrearty 0-4 (1f), Colm McFadden, Martin McElhinney 0-2 each, Anthony Thompson, Odhran MacNiallais, Karl Lacey 0-1 each.