Cork finish strong to win over Tipperary
Two goals in the closing 20 minutes from Katrina Mackey and Niamh McCarthy sealed the victory for Cork over Tipperary in this closely contested Littlewoods Ireland National League fixture played at Carriganore on Saturday March 4th.
With a strong wind at their backs for the opening 30 minutes Cork found themselves trailing by one at the half way mark after getting off to the better start. Inside the first five minutes Cork had taken a three point lead through two from Mackey, and one each from Julia White and Orla Cotter with Ereena Fryday slotting over to account for Tipps opening score. However, on the 12th minute Megan Ryan brought Tipp level when she was on hand to slot past Amy Lee in the Cork goal after Lee had initially denied Miriam Campion. Two points from Ryan and Howard – who scooped her score over the bar rather than under when an open goal was there for the taking saw Tipp take the lead and let Cork off the hook at a pivotal time in the game for Tipperary. Nicole Walsh and Cotter on respective free taking duties traded frees before Linda Collins split the posts on 26 minutes to pull Cork level. A pointed free from Walsh, and a fine point after a strong run on the wing from O’Dwyer saw Tipp ahead by two before Cotter pointed a tight angled free from 40 metres out to see Cork trail by just one at half time 1-07 to 0-09.
Tipperary opened the scoring in the second half with a fine Howard effort before the unerring accuracy of free taker Cotter slotted over a dead ball to keep Cork in touch. When Ashling Thompson was introduced to the fray at half time Cork knuckled down and worked hard defensively against the strong wing. The hard work paid off when Gemma O’Connor dropped in a long range effort that Mackey caught and blasted to the back of the Tipperary net and with it put Cork into the lead with 20 minutes remaining. Tipperary responded from the puck out with a well worked Campion point and a minute later through a Walsh long range free to draw the sides level for the fifth time on 42 minutes. In the closing eight minutes Tipp tagged on just two points through Fryday and Howard in contrast to Corks return of 1-04, the points from Amy O’Connor, two from Cotter frees and Mackey, and the goal coming from a looping shot that deceived the keeper and dropped into the net from a Niamh McCarthy tight angled shot. Cork took home the points but not after getting a strong testing from the premier county side.
Cork: A. Lee, P. Mackey, R. Buckley (capt.), L. Coppinger, C. Sigerson, G. O’Connor, J. Barry, O. Cronin, K. Mackey, J. White, O. Cotter, A. O’Connor, H. Looney, N. McCarthy, L. Collins.
Subs: A. Thompson for O. Cronin (HT)
Tipperary: O. McEniry, C. Walsh, JA. Bourke, A. Eviston, J. Logue, T. Ryan, A. McGrath, O. O’Dwyer, E. Fryday, N. Walsh, M. Teehan, R. Howard, Mary Ryan (capt.), M. Campion, Megan Ryan.
Subs: K. Fox for J. Logue (HT), C. Devane for Megan. Ryan (54 mins).
Cork: K. Mackey 1-03 (0-02f), N. McCarthy 1-00, O. Cotter 0-08 (0-08f), A. O’Connor, L. Collins, J.
White 0-01 each.
Tipperary: Megan. Ryan 1-00, N. Walsh 0-04 (0-03f), R. Howard 0-03, E. Fryday 0-02, M. Campion,
Mary Ryan, O. O’Dwyer 0-01 each.
Referee: Liz Dempsey, Kilkenny