Cork well in control over Limerick in Championship fixture
Cork gave a display of blistering pace, team work and scoring prowess under a blazing sun at a pristine Páirc Uí Rinn in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship round two fixture with Limerick to make it two from two in their Championship campaign.
Cork came into the game with an opening round nine point victory over Tipperary. In contrast Limerick were in search of a victory after narrowly going under to Offaly by a point in their opening game.
Five weeks after Limerick overcame Cork in the Munster Championship final a very different outcome unfolded when Cork showed a taste of seriously competitive Championship Camogie. Playing with the aid of a strong breeze Cork notched up 17 points in the opening 30 minutes with all but three coming from placed balls. In contrast Limerick notched up five and three of those came from their go to free taker Niamh Mulcahy.
It was Katrina Mackey, who hauled 1-05 from play, who opened the scoring before Mulcahy slotted over a placed ball inside the opening minute. A Cork brace through the outstanding Orla Cotter and equally impressive Amy O’Connor put Cork two ahead before Orla Curtin split the posts for Limerick on 3. Four unanswered points from Cork through Orla Cronin, Cotter and two from Mackey saw Cork open up a five point lead on 11. Cotter pointed a 40m placed ball before a further three unanswered points through O’Connor, Cotter and Cronin saw Cork surge into a nine point lead on 17. Mulcahy and Cotter exchanged placed balls before Rebecca Delee pointed for Limerick to register their fourth on 20. Cotter showed hard work and effort to point on 21 and with it bring Corks tally to 13 before Hannah Looney got on the scoreboard on 24. Mulcahy slotted over a 25 metre placed ball 5 minutes from the short whistle before three unanswered Cork points in the closing five from Cronin, Ashling Thompson and a Cotter free saw the half time scoreline read Cork 0-17, Limerick 0-05.
The second half resumed with Cork maintaining their dominance on the game and they had five on the board through Cronin, Mackey – 2, a Cotter placed ball, and Looney before Mulcahy pointed a 20m free. Two Cotter frees either side of a Mulcahy placed ball put Cork 0-24 to 0-07 to the good on 43. A Mulcahy brace brought Limerick to nine on 49 before Amy O’Connor and Caoimhe Costelloe exchanged points to see the score 0-25 to 0-10 with 52 on the clock. Cotter and O’Connor slotted over two more before Mackey goaled when she kicked to the net on 58 after an earlier effort had come back off the upright. Cliona Lane pointed for Limerick, before Murray was forced to save on 60 when Mulcahy unleashed a 20m free at goal. Full time score Cork 1-27, Limerick 0-11.
Cork: A. Murray, L. O’Sullivan, R. Buckley (capt.), M. Cahalane, L. Treacy, G. O’Connor, C. Sigerson, L. Coppinger, A. Thompson, A. O’Connor, O. Cronin, O. Cotter, H. Looney, N. McCarthy, K. Mackey
Subs: P. Mackey for C. Sigerson (50)
Limerick: L. O’Neill, F. Hickey, M. Creamer, S. McNamara, N. Ryan, S. Carey, J. Mulcahy, K. O’Leary, C. Costelloe, D. Murphy, R. Delee, N. Mulcahy (capt.), A. Scanlan, O. Curtin, D. Egan
Subs: M. Fitzerald for N. Ryan (32), C. Lane for A. Scanlan (45), M. Quaid for F. Hickey (48), L. Leonard for O. Curtin (55), S. Collins for D. Egan (55).
Cork: K. Mackey 1-05, O. Cotter 0-11 (0-06f), O. Cronin 0-04, A. O’Connor 0-04, H. Looney 0-02, A. Thompson 0-01.
Limerick: N. Mulcahy 0-07 (0-06f), R. Delee 0-01, O. Curtin 0-01, C. Costelloe 0-01, C. Lane 0-01
Referee: Fintan McNamara, Clare