Oak Leafers see off Rebels for All-Ireland SFC semi-final berth

July 02, 2023

Derry's Conor Doherty goes past Ruairi Deane to score his goal ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

Derry are through to the All-Ireland SFC semi-finals for a second successive year after seeing off Cork by 1-12 to 1-8 at Croke Park this afternoon.

The Ulster champions had done enough to lead by 0-6 to 0-5 at the end of a poor quality first-half and opened up a four-point advantage in the early stages of the third quarter.

Having gotten off to a shaky start at HQ before shooting over three unaswered points in the run up to the break, Cork weren’t about to fall far behind again and looked to have struck their goal at the perfect time.

Brilliant work from Conor Corbett in along the end line set-up an onrushing Rory Maguire for his first championship goal, leaving the Rebels just one behind (0-9 to 1-5).

However, within 60 seconds the ball would end up in their net after a sublime dummy solo from Conor Doherty gave him the time a space to fire low to the bottom corner.

From there, Ciaran Meenagh’s men were able to manage the game and see it with points via Shane McGuigan (free) and Brendan Rogers (2) to end Cork’s campaign and join Kerry and Monaghan in this evening’s draw for the last four in the Sam Maguire Cup race.

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