Cork prove too strong for Armagh
Three first half goals in quick succession put Cork on the front foot in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 2 fixture played on a soft but firm sod in Ballymacoda on Sunday afternoon March 12th.
In the end it was Corks supremacy and ability to take goals that saw them take the points and run out worthy winners in this, their third outing in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Division 2 League.
With three first half goals, two coming from the stick of Katelyn Hickey and one through Hayley Ryan between the 10th & 15th minutes Cork put themselves in the driving seat just as Armagh were showing signs of settling and getting a handle on the game. Cork showed great teamwork and with Keeva McCarthy on fine free taking form when she notched up a tally of six from placed balls, as well as, splitting the posts three times from play over the course of the hour, Cork proved much too strong for Armagh. By half time Cork dominated the proceedings on the pitch, and on the scoreboard with 3-08 to 0-01 accounted for after the opening thirty minutes.
Armagh didn’t let Cork have it all their own way and on the resumption showed a spirited intent. However, their lack of conviction in front of the posts proved costly. They did, however, notch up four points in the second half, two from frees and one from play through Rachel Merry who also opened the scoring for the Northern outfit, and one fine long range effort from Grainne Kelly who won possession in the centre of the field to slot over on the 56th minute. Armagh were awarded a penalty on 55 minutes, however, Colette McSorley saw her shot on goal stopped by Amy Lee between the Cork posts and with it any hopes of Armagh rattling the Cork net. With four minutes remaining Armagh had completed their scoring, however, Cork were still not content with their haul and added a further point through Hickey and well executed Ryan goal on 59 minutes.
Cork picked off some very well worked scores, and played some excellent teamwork making it very difficult for Armagh to breakdown the rebel attack. Caroline Sugrue had a part to play in three of the five goals and rattled the net with one of her own up front. She was ably assisted by Hickey and Ryan when it came to shaking the back of the Armagh net. Overall, it was a spirited effort from the Northern outfit, but Cork proved far too strong and ran out convincing winners on a scoreline of 5-13 to 0-05.
Cork: A. Lee, Na Piarsaigh, R. Walsh, Fr. O’Neills, S. Harrington, Fr. O’Neills, N. Ní Chaoimh, Killeagh, L. Lynch, Cloughduv, S. Buckley, Ballincollig, J. Crowley, Courcey Rovers, N. O’Callaghan, Sarsfields, L. Callanan, Glen Rovers, M. McCarthy, Sarsfields, K. McCarthy, St. Finbarrs, M. Buckley, Ballygarvan, H. Ryan, Blackrock, K. Hickey, Blackrock, C. Sugrue, Ballinascarthy.
Subs: S. Fahy, Douglas for N. O’Callaghan (38 mins), L. Kelly Sarsfields for M. Buckley, M. Mullins, Sarsfields for L. Callanan both (50 mins).
Armagh: C. Devlin, Granemore, C O’Hare, Granemore, L. McGoldrick, Madden, C. McKinley, Mullaghbawn, A. Murphy, Keady, G. Kelly, Granemore, C. McCooey, Keady, C. Casey, Cullyhanna, S. Woods, Derrynoose, E. O’Kane, Portmor, B. Murray, Cullyhanna, L. Donnelly, Eglish, C. McSorley, Tullysaran, C. Donnelly, Eglish (capt.), R. Merry, Granemore.
Subs: E. Smyth, Ballymacnab for C. McKinley, L. Loughran, Ballymacnab for C. McCooey.
Cork: K. Hickey & H. Ryan 2-01 each, C. Sugrue 1-01, K. McCarthy 0-09 (0-05f, 0-0145), S. Fahy 0-01
Armagh: R. Merry 0-04 (0-02f), G. Kelly 0-01.
Referee: Aiden O’Brien, Wexford