Kilcormac-Killoughey fall to classy Cuala in Leinster decider
Offaly's hurling champions went down to a Cuala side destined for a Leinster and All-Ireland two-in-row at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise on Sunday afternoon.
A red card for Conor Mahon in the first half didn't help Kilcormac-Killoughey's efforts, but in truth, the game looked beyond them even before that dismissal.
Con O'Callaghan netted early for the Dublin champions as last season's All-Ireland champions cruised into a 1-8 to 0-0 lead within the first 20 minutes.
The KKs showed signs of fighting back as Ciaran Slevin slotted over a free and Conor Mahon came out on top of a scrap with the tight Cuala defence to register a goal. Slevin notched another free before the break to see the scores at 1-10 to 1-2 at half-time.
Kilcormac's first point from play came early in the second half, but Cuala looked imperious and utterly dominant as they streaked clear. David Treacy was accurate on the frees, racking up 0-9 of his 0-10 haul from frees. The tenth point came from a 65.
Con O'Callaghan added two points from play to his first half goal as the KKs struggled to reshuffle their charges after the sending off. The young footballer of the year has now scored 3-8 in his last three games.
Cuala never looked troubled as they went on to register a 1-23 to 1-9 victory, marching on to the All-Ireland semi-finals.
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