Homan on form to help Cork see off Offaly
Cork proved far too strong and dominant for an Offaly side that could only muster up four pointed frees in this All Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship fixture played in a sun soaked St. Catherines GAA grounds on Sunday March 26th.
With a strong wind blowing across the pitch conditions proved tricky, however, Sarah Harding showed no hesitation when dealing with the elements to open the scoring for Offaly when she pointed a placed ball from the 50 metre line. Not to be outdone Saoirse McCarthy levelled the scoring on five minutes when she slotted over from a placed ball close to the sideline and 45 metres from the posts. On seven minutes Lauren Homan unleashed a powerful shot to the net that gave Sarah Kehoe in the Offaly goal no chance and with it powered Cork into a lead they would never relinquish.
Harding added another long range free on the 10 minute mark which was to be the only other score Offaly registered in the opening half. Up front for Cork Homan proved a strike force and over the course of five minutes slotted over four, a 20 and 45 metre free, as well as two from play. Caoimhe Harney pointed after a string of passes found her unmarked in front of the posts, before Homan registered her fifth on the 23rd minute when she collected a stray clearance and duly sent it between the uprights to put seven between the sides. At the half way mark Cork were 1-07 to 0-02 ahead and showing to be defensively superior, as well as, lively and energetic in attack.
Over the course of the second half Harding doubled her tally with two pointed frees one in the opening minute of the half and a 40 metre effort on the 58th minute to tie up the scoring for Offaly. Thirteen minutes into the resumption Cork added a goal through Rebecca Keane when she made no mistake on finding the back of the net after Kehoe had initially cleared her lines. All over the pitch Cork were proving too much for Offaly to contain. Defensively Cork looked confident with Roisin Killeen and Maeve Lynch snuffing out any Offaly attack. Saoirse McCarthy at centre field provided a consistent supply of ball to the lively attack where Laura Hayes and Homan proved a handful for Offaly. Throughout the second half Cork emptied the bench, and Clara Crowley who was introduced to the action at half time picked off a nice point 2 minutes from the final whistle to round off Corks scoring and see off Offaly 2-08 to 0-04.
Cork: M. Lynch, Sarsfields, R. McCarthy Sarsfields, R. Killeen, Ballyhea/Milford, E. Lonegan, Sarsfields (capt.), K. McCarthy, Aghabullogue, M. Lynch, Newcestown, G. Hannon, Courcey Rovers, I. Keegan, St. Finbarrs, S. McCarthy, Courcey Rovers, L. Homan, St. Vincents, K. Wall, Kilbrittain, A. Hurley, St. Catherines, C. Harney, Killeagh, R. Keane, Inniscarra, C. Crowley, Youghal.
Subs: Clara Crowley, Ballinascarthy for C. Crowley (HT), K. Wash, Glen Rovers for A. Hurley, (43), F. Nelligan, Charleville for K. Wall, (48), N. O’Riordan, Glen Rovers for R. Keane (49), Moira Barrett, Ballinascarthy for I. Keegan, (59).
Offaly: S. Kehoe, H. Healy, A. Whelehan, T. Feenane, A. Byrne, A. Roddy, C. Brennan, K. Kennedy, L. Savage, O. Maher, S. Harding (capt.), E. Kilmartin, L. Mannion, O. Plunkett, S. Guinan.
Subs: B. Bryant for O. Maher (28), D. Hanamy for O. Plunkett, (34), N. Campbell for S. Guinan (47), S. Shanahan for A. Roddy (50), A. Hogan for L. Mannion (57).
Cork: L. Homan 1-05 (0-01f, 0-0145), R. Keane 1-00, S. McCarthy 0-01 (0-01f), C. Harney & Clara Crowley 0-01 each.
Offaly: S. Harding 0-04 (0-04f).
Referee: John Dolan, Clare