Cork Maintain Unbeaten Run In Group 1 Of Minor A Championship
A pulsating finish to this third round fixture in the All Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship witnessed Cork hold on to their slim lead and take the points to put them top of Group 1 with one game remaining.
Galway came to Cork seeking a victory in order to avoid a must win game next weekend against Dublin in their final fixture of the group. In contrast, Cork were seeking to reinforce their dominance at the top of the group and remain unbeaten in the group stages.
A feisty Galway side pushed Cork all the way in a pulsating affair that saw the sides’ level on five occasions, the lead exchanging hands four times and each side being awarded a penalty over the course of the hour. However, it was Cork who showed great tenacity and with Laura Hayes anchoring the defence and Saoirse McCarthy and Moira Barrett giving controlled performances the leesiders dug deep to maintain an unbroken record of wins in their group games.
After ten minutes the sides were level on a 2 apiece coming from Niamh Niland and Cliona Healy frees. Laura Doyle picked off a fine point from play to push Cork one clear on 11 before Healy opened up a two point lead when she pointed a 20 metre free. Three unanswered Galway points courtesy of Tegan Canning, Niamh Horan from a placed ball and a well taken Niland effort from play had Galway back in the lead on 19. Ciara O’Sullivan responded for Cork to level before Fiona Keating rattled the Galway net after collecting and showing her marker a clean pair of heels. Canning pointed for Galway to see them trail by the slimmest before Cork were awarded a penalty on 26. Healy stepped up, however, her low drilled shot was saved on the line and cleared and Cork maintained their one point advantage to half time 1-05 to 0-07.
A Cork brace in quick succession through Barrett and Keating had the leesiders three clear, however, Katie Mannion cut it to two when she fired over on 31. Healy pointed a 20 metre free before Canning fired over to see the Tribes women trail by two before a long range McCarthy free restored Corks three point advantage. Horan split the posts on 39 before Sarah Ahern pulled off a point blank save from Chloe Reilly a minute later to deny Galway. Niland reduced Corks lead to one before tying up the sides on 49 with consecutive 20 metre frees. Healy put over a 20 metre free for Cork to shade it heading into the final 10. In what was a pulsating closing six minutes Galway were awarded a penalty on 54 and Sarah Healy came forward from her goal to take, however, her shot was stopped on the line and cleared. A moment later Emma Murphys shot shaved over the crossbar to give Cork a precarious two point lead with four minutes remaining, however, they held out and maintain their unbeaten run on a scoreline of Cork 1-11, Galway 0-12.
Cork: S. Ahern Ballygarvan (vice capt.), G. Collins Éire Óg, M. Cotter Aghabullogue, O. Keating, Ballincollig, L. Doyle Charleville, L. Hayes St. Catherines, C. Ring Inniscarra, S. McCarthy Courcey Rovers, E. O’Regan Ballygarvan, C. Healy Aghabullogue, M. Barrett Ballinascarthy (c), C. O’Sullivan, Newcestown, A. Hurley St. Catherines, E. Murphy Glen Rovers, F. Keating Courcey Rovers.
Subs: S. McCarthy Bride Rovers for C. Ring (HT), S. Bateman Cloughduv for C. O’Sullivan (45).
Galway: S. Healy, S. Keady, L. Burkey (c), M. Larkin, P. Finnerty, A. Kelly, E. Donoghue, N. Horan, T. Canning, R. Hannify, C. Helebert, K. Mannion, N. Niland, M. Dillon, C. Reilly.
Subs: K. Screene for S. Keady (25), K. Moran for E. Donoghue (36), N. Keogh for K. Mannion (52), N. Heffernan for T. Canning (58).
Cork: F. Keating 1-01, C. Healy 0-05 (0-05f), S. McCarthy 0-01 (0-01f), C. O’Sullivan, L. Doyle, M. Barrett, Murphy 0-01 each.
Galway: N. Niland 0-06 (0-05f), T. Canning 0-03, N. Horan 0-02 (0-01f), K. Mannion 0-01
Referee: Liz Dempsey, Kilkenny