Colm O’Neill inspires victory for the Rebels

Cork made it three National League titles in a row as Colm O’Neill led the second-half rout of Mayo in Sunday’s NFL Division One final at Croke Park.

The Westerners led by four points at the break but the defending champions stepped it up after the break when O’Neill delivered a man of the match performance.

“When we are in training or in any match there is not anybody else you want to see at the end of the ball in terms of a goal-scoring chance,” said Counihan.

“It is fantastic for him because it was 12 months of hard work to get back here and it was a great performance.

“First-half we wouldn’t have been pleased and again that was a bit of weakness on our part not showing the correct intensity and in fairness to Mayo they push on and took advantage.

“With the four point lead we knew we had to get together in the first half because the wind was not as big advantage as it might have seemed.

When we got in at half-time we said lets settle it down a bit and stop giving the ball away and exact a bit more pressure.

“We did that but I’m disappointed with the first half and we took half-time to wake up. When we did wake up, we got a few breaks, got the goals at the right time but Mayo were always in there with a shout.

“There is plenty of room for work. We’ll enjoy tonight but the lads will have club games next week and or two the week after so we’ll get focused for the Championship on 10 June because that will be a big game for us.”

Kildare won the Division 2 title when they beat Tyrone on Sunday while Saturday night’s games saw Longford defeat Wexford in the Division Three decider and Wicklow take the Division 4 honors against Fermanagh.