Cork power into Munster Final with impressive win over Tipperary
Shirley Moloney, PRO, Cork Camogie.
Cork sent out a strong message through their impressive performance in this Munster Championship semi-final tie against Tipperary played at Castle Road on Sunday afternoon May 8th.
Even though it took Cork 11 minutes to register their first score through a Katrina Mackey point, there was no denying that this Cork outfit meant business when they meticulously disposed of Tipperary in clinical style on a fast and slippery surface in Castle Road.
Nicole Walsh was unerring in her free taking for Tipperary and opened the scoring with a well taken point from play before adding another two through pointed frees. When Sarah Fryday pointed from play it left Tipperary three points ahead of Cork inside the opening quarter. However after a brace of points from Amy O’Connor and Orla Cotter, Cork drew level on the 20 minute mark. Tipperary registered one more point from a Nicole Walsh dead ball on the 21st minute before Cork racked up four unanswered points from the notable Eimear O’Sullivan, Orla Cotter from a placed ball and two from the industrious Katrina Mackey operating a right half forward to leave the half time score at 0-09 to 0-05 in favour of Cork.
Cork really got into their stride in the second half, and played a very impressive running game that really put it up to Tipperary. The Tipperary defense struggled with the relentless wave of Cork attack. An attack that started deep and worked its way forward through great teamwork and support and witnessed Cork outscore Tipperary 2-08 to 1-05 in the second half. With Cork dominating all over the pitch they racked up five unanswered points in a five minute spell before Amy O’Connor blasted to the back of net on the 49th minute to leave the score 1-16 to 0-07. No sooner than Amy O’Connor rattled the net for the first goal of the game, Breige Corkery poached a goal of her own. After Sabrina Larkin batted down a high testing ball delivered in from long range by Ashling Thompson Corkery coolly slotted the sliothar back past Larkin to add to Corks tally. Cork introduced Finola Neville, Leanne O’Sullivan and Katelyn Hickey to replace the dual starts of Hannah Looney, Rena Buckley and Breige Corkery after their remarkable victory over Mayo in the National Football League final the day before. Cork also introduced Aoife Murray in place of Amy Lee between the posts after she announced last week that she was ‘un’retiring! Tippearary added a further 1-02 before Katrina Mackey closed out the scoring to see Cork through to a place against Limerick in the Munster final in two weeks’ time. Final score Cork 2-17, Tipperary 1-10.
Cork: A. Lee, P. Mackey, L. Treacy, L. Coppinger, R. Buckley, G. O’Connor, M. Cahalane, H. Looney, A. Thompson, E. O’Sullivan, O. Cronin, K. Mackey, A. O’Connor, O. Cotter, B. Corkery.
Subs: F. Neville for H. Looney (50 mins), L. O’Sullivan for R. Buckley (52 mins), K. Hickey for B. Corkery (53 mins) and A. Murray for A. Lee (56 mins)
Tipperary: S. Larkin, JA. Bourke, A. Eviston, C. Walsh, A. McGrath, C. Maher, G. Grace, E. Fryday, M. Teehan, R. Cahill, S. Fryday, Mary Ryan, Megan Ryan, N. Walsh, R. Howard.
Subs: M. Campion for S. Fryday (44 mins), S. Quirke for R. Howard (55 mins).
Cork: A. O’Connor 1-02, B. Corkery 1-0, O. Cotter 0-06 (0-04f), K. Mackey 0-04, A. Thompson & E. O’Sullivan 0-02, H. Looney 0-01.
Tipperary: N. Walsh 1-06 (1-0f, 0-04f, 0-0145), S. Fryday, A. McGrath, M. Ryan, M. Campion 0-01 each.
Referee: Philip Dee, Limerick
Next up: Munster Final v Limerick on Saturday May 21st. Venue and time TBC.
Laura Treacy in action against Tipperary photo – Ryan Milestone Photography.
Hannah Looney under pressure from Tipperary in Munster Championship semi final. photo – Ryan Milestone Photography.
Cork Senior team v Tipperary in Munster Semi Final photo – Ryan Milestone Photography.
Ashling Thompson leads out Cork in Munster Championship semi final v Tipperary. photo – Ryan Milestone Photography.
Munster Junior Championship Final 2016
Cork 1-11 Clare 0-8
Played in South Liberties GAA Club in Limerick with an early thrown in time of 1pm, it was all Clare in the opening half with Sixmilebridge midfielder Emma Kennedy opening the scoring after 2 minutes. She continued to dominate the area and popped over a further point, assisting her wing forward Laura Foley to put it 0-3 to 0-0 after 10 mins. It took longer for Cork to settle with little ball to work with, it was Mallow’s Michelle Browne who opened the rebel’s account with a point from play. However further points from Emma Kennedy, Aine O’Loughlin and Sinead Power had the banner in command approaching the 20 minute mark, before Cork started to battle back with points from Erin Looney, and Christine O’Neill leaving it a one point game at half time Clare 0-6 Cork 0-5.
The second half saw a different Cork take to the pitch and Donie Daly must have had some words at half time as they completely dominated proceedings with Clare scoring only twice in this half with points from Lauren Solan and Amy Barrett. Cork had scorers all over the pitch with Aisling Wallace, Christine O’Neill and Sarah Burke making no mistake when opportunites arose, and when Michelle Browne poked home a goal mouth scramble into the net, the writing was on the wall. Clare battled hard, had their chances for goals, but player of the match, Glen Rovers Lydia Cunningham held firm with a great full back display. Cork ran out winners to claim back the Munster Junior Championship for 2016, with Newcestown’s Therese McCarthy accepting the cup of behalf of all involved with the team.
Cork: J.Swayne, N.D.Collins, L.Cunningham, C.O’Keefe, N.Doherty, J.O’Leary, E.Sharpe, T.McCarthy, C.Murphy, C.O’Neill (0-1(f),0-1) E.Looney (0-1(f), 0-2), E.Flanagan, A.Wallace (0-1), M.Browne (1-4), S.Burke (0-1)
Clare: R.Keating, D.Considine, A.Ryan, A.Keogh, A.Barrett (0-1), C.Grogan, C.McMahon, C.Doyle, E.Kennedy (0-2(f) 0-1), C.Foudy, E.Duggan, L.Foley (0-1), A.O’Loughlin (0-1), L.Solan (0-1), S.Power (0-1)
Referee: Pat Sheehy, Kerry
Player of the Game Lydia Cunningham
Munster Junior Champions – Cork
Cork Captain Therese McCarthy