Cork Dominate as Laois Struggle
Cork raced into an early lead notching up an unanswered 2-05 before Laois struck their opening score after 19 minutes of play in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship fixture played at Castle Road on Saturday last.
The home side swiftly got out of the blocks with a goal from Rachel O’Callaghan on 4 when she turned over a short puck out to fire past Laura Dunne in the Laois goal.
Rachel O’Shea pointed under pressure on 5, Cliona Healy fired over a 20 metre free as well as a fine effort from play before O’Callaghan found the net for a second time on the quarter mark when she collected a high ball in from Katelyn Hickey to catch, turn and unleash an unstoppable shot to the net.
A 35 metre Healy free and a fine effort from Finola Neville had the leesiders 11 clear after 18 before Niamh Dollard fired over from range to open the scoring for the visitors on 19.
With 25 on the clock the visitors were trailing 2-05 to 0-03 whilst playing with the aid of the stiff breeze. A brace via a Dollard placed ball from 40 metres and a difficult angle free by Alison McEvoy had Laois trailing by eight and struggling to contain Cork who were dominant all over the field.
With Cork commanding, it took them eight minutes however to register their next score on 26 and it came courtesy of Neville before two Healy frees in the closing four minutes of the half saw Cork head to the dressing room 2-08 to 0-03 ahead.
Playing with the aid of the stiff swirling breeze in the second half Cork found another level and Laois struggled to contain or stem the pace of the game. It took the visitors 10 minutes to register a score and it came via Lizzy Ryan when she pointed from range. In contrast, Cork notched up five inside 10 minutes of the restart Neville, Healy and O’Callaghan all pointing before Siobhan Hutchinson operating at wing back attacked forward to point and substitute Catriona Collins pointed on the run to see Cork 2-13, Laois 0-04 on 40.
An Amy Collier free pushed Laois to five before eight unanswered Cork scores between the 45th and 55th minutes witnessed Cork deconstruct the Laois defence with aplomb and push well ahead on 3-20. A Neville point on 45 was quickly followed by an O’Callaghan handpass goal to the net before Saoirse McCarthy accounted for 2 points, Healy x 2 (one free), Neville and Collins all ensuring the home scoreboard kept ticking over. Collier pointed for Laois before Cork finished in a flurry with three unanswered points from Keeva McCarthy, Neville and Healy to see Cork take the points on a score line of Cork 3-23, Laois 0-06.
Cork: A. Lee Na Piarsaigh, L. Weste Ballincollig, S. Harrington (c) Fr. O’Neills, N. Ní Chaoímh Killeagh, S. Hutchinson Éire Óg, J. Barry Bride Rovers, L. Callanan Glen Rovers, S. Buckley Ballincollig, K. Hickey Blackrock, S. McCarthy Courcey Rovers, F. Neville St. Catherines, A. Kavanagh Inniscarra, R. O’Shea Carrigaline, R. O’Callaghan St. Catherines, C. Healy Aghabullogue.
Subs: K. McCarthy Aghabullogue for A. Kavanagh (HT), C. Collins Ballinhassig for R. O’Shea (HT), M. McCarthy Sarsfields for K. Hickey (38), K. McCarthy St. Finnbarrs for S. Buckley (47), R. Killeen Ballyhea for L. Weste (50).
Laois: L. Dunne, R. Bermingham, M. Burke, O. Parkinson, A. Hyland, A. Burke, R. Kilmartin, A. McEvoy, J. Dunne, S. Burke, N. Dollard, A. O’Dea, A. Loughman, J. McEvoy, L. Ryan.
Subs: A. Collier for N. Dollard (HT), M. O’Connor for A. McEvoy (38), A. Hyland for R. Kilmartin (38), A. Burke for J. McEvoy (42), J. McEvoy for O. Parkinson (54).
Cork: R. O’Callaghan 3-01, C. Healy 0-09 (0-04f, 0-0145), F. Neville 0-06, S. McCarthy 0-02, C. Collins 0-02, R. O’Shea 0-01, K. McCarthy 0-01, S. Hutchinson 0-01.
Laois: A. Collier 0-02 (0-01f), N. Dollard 0-02 (0-01f), A. McEvoy 0-01 (0-01f), L. Ryan 0-01
Referee: Gavin Donegan, Dublin