Cork show their dominance and ease into final spot after seeing off Limerick
Cork saw off Limerick at Páirc Uí Rinn in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League final and in so doing set up a final showdown with reigning All Ireland champions Kilkenny in two weeks time.
Cork showed their dominance throughout by showing great team work, running off the ball and some superb point taking from the on form Gemma O’Connor operating at centre field. Looking comfortable in her new berth O’Connor registered three superb long range efforts, one from a dead ball and two from play 65 metres from the target. Limericks Rebecca Delee opened the scoring when she split the posts 2 minutes in and showed her intent of being a thorn in the Cork defense over the course of the game. Two well worked points one from Julia White, and one from Orla Cronin who was found in front of the posts after a great passage of team play saw Cork two points to one after six minutes. On the ten minute mark Niamh McCarthy broke through the Limerick defense to hand pass to the back of the net and see Cork go four clear. Limerick responded two minutes later with a Mairead Fitzgerald point before Katrina Mackey slotted over a 35 metre free to see Cork four clear once again. Delee pulled one back for the treaty women when she fired over on the run on 15 minutes. Amy O’Connor slotted one over followed soon after by a Mackey 40 metre free before Orla Curtin picked off a fine effort on 23 minutes to see Limerick trail four points to 1-05 seven minutes from the half way mark. White was at the end of a Mackey pass to fire over on 24 before Claire Keating between the Limerick posts made a point blank save from Mackey a minute later. The hard working Caoimhe Costelloe and Mackey traded frees before Delee and O’Connor points cancelled each other out to see the halftime score stand at Cork 1-08 Limerick 0-06.
Cork resumed the second half with the same form of calculated team work and determined defense when they held Limerick to six points with just one of them coming from play through Orla Curtin. Niamh Mulcahy operating top of the right, was quiet by her normal standards but registered the remaining five points from frees. Cork, however, pushed on and when Mackeys 35 metre free dipped and landed in the net it ended the game as a contest. Cork saw out the game with some fine scores from an industrious Mackey, O’Connor and a goal from McCarthy who pounced to punish an error by Keating in the Limerick goal to see Cork through on 3-15 to 0-12.
Cork: A. Murray, L. Treacy, R. Buckley, L. Coppinger, P. Mackey, A. Thompson, C. Sigerson, G. O’Connor, J. Barry, A. O’Connor, O. Cronin, J. White, K. Mackey, M. McCarthy, L. Collins
Subs: E. O’Sullivan for P. Mackey (5 mins, inj), H. Looney for L. Collins, (43), F. Neville for C. Sigerson, (52), R. O’Shea for J. White (53).
Limerick: C. Keating, S. McNamara, M. Creamer, M. Quaid, K. O’Leary, F. Hickey, M. Ryan, C. Costelloe, D. Murphy, L. Stack, R. Delee, O. Curtin, M. Fitzgerald, C. Lyons, N. Mulcahy.
Subs: C. Lane for L. Stack (38), C. O’Brien for M. Fitzgerald (45), L. Leonard for C. Lyons (54).
Cork: N. McCarthy 2-0, K. Mackey 1-08 (1-04f, 0-145), G. O’Connor 0-03 (0-01f), J. White 0-02, A. O’Connor & O. Cronin 0-01 each.
Limerick: N. Mulcahy 0-05 (0-03f), R. Delee 0-03, O. Curtin 0-02, M. Fitzgerald & C. Costelloe 0-01 each.
Referee: Owen Elliott, Antrim