Cork book place in Munster Shield Final with win over Waterford
CORK: 2-13 WATERFORD: 1-05
Frances Killeen Reports
On Thursday last July 27th, Cork took on Waterford in the Semi-final of the Munster Shield, having missed out on a place in the Cup final when loosing away to Clare by the narrowest of margins.
Taking the field with a much depleted squad, owing to injuries and unavailability, the team showed tremendous hunger and obviously having learned from the awful start in the Clare game, opened up a 1-04 lead after 20 minutes, playing into a strong wind at the St. Vincents grounds.
Aoife Hurley, playing at top of the left, opened the scoring with a lovely point, followed by a Lauren Homan point before Hurley struck for a well taken goal. Points from Ilana Keegan, Clara Crowley and two from Moira Barrett saw Cork lead at the short whistle 1-06 to 0-04. Waterford’s points were 3 from play and one from a placed ball.
Throughout the half the Cork backs defended with intent. Molly Lynch, recently returned from injury, featured in goal, whilst Roisin Killeen and Grainne Hannon at full and centre respectively, made it difficult for Waterford to find any gaps in the Cork defence. Saoirse McCarthy and Edel Lonergan manned the wing back spots as the entire half back line from the Clare game were unavailable with injury and holidays. Katie Daly and Katie Buckley, two under 17 players, completed the back line and indeed both delivered good performances.
The second half resumed with Cork aided by the wind. Rebecca Keane was brought in in place of the injured Edel Lonergan. An early long delivery from Kate Wall was collected expertly by Lauren Homan, and resulted in Corks second green flag. However for the next ten minutes or so, Waterford enjoyed a position of dominance when aided by some strange decisions by the referee, they scored a goal and a point to reduce the margin to 4 points. The Cork girls refused to panic and with Laura Hayes and young Kate Dooley controlling midfield, Saoirse McCarthy cutting through with some great runs and deliveries, Cork added points from Homan ( 2 frees), Wall (free), followed by points from play from Hurley, Homan (2), McCarthy and the final score of the game a delightful effort from Hayes.
On a night when, with one eye to the future, Cork gave starts to two debutants, Katie Buckley and Kate Dooley, a number of other girls from the under 17 development squad were introduced and delivered well, namely Deirdre O Reilly, Aoife Brennan (blood Sub), Lucy Kellegher, Jess O’Mahony and Roisin O’Keeffe.
Team: Molly Lynch, Katie Daly, Roisin Killeen, Katie Buckley, Edel Lonergan (c), Grainne Hannon, Saoirse McCarthy, Laura Hayes, Kate Wall, Moira Barrett, Lauren Homan, Clara Crowey, Kate Dooley, Ilana Keegan, Aoife Hurley. Subs: Sarah Ahearn, Deirdre O Reilly, Rebecca Keane, Aoife Brennan, Lucy Kellegher, Jess O’Mahony, Roisin O’Keeffe.