Cats Shade it in Strong Opening Round Test for New Look Cork
It was Kilkenny who took the spoils after a tough but entertaining opening round of the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship played at Castle Road on Saturday June 15th last.
The sides were all square at the interval on 0-05 each with Kilkenny having accrued all their scores from placed balls courtesy of Kate Nolan. In contrast Cork registered three from frees via Haley Ryan with the remaining two coming from Isobel O’Regan and a Ryan effort from play.
Mid way through the half with her side trailing by a point Nolan drilled a 20 metre free at goal, however, Stefanie Beausang was alert to the shot and cleared her lines. Kilkenny were playing with a purpose and intent, however, the new look Cork side were up to the challenge and with the play flowing from end to end the Cork defense kept a tight rein on the visitors attack where Emma Flanagan, Ashling Moloney and Rachel Sheehan held strong.
Upon the resumption a quick brace from Kate Dooley and Ryan had Cork two clear inside three minutes. However, Nolan cut the deficit to one with a placed ball from 30 metres before levelling proceedings on 37 with the visitors’ first point from play.
Cork rallied and once again went two clear when Ryan unerring on placed balls slotted over a free before O’Regan split the posts with a fine effort. Cork maintained their two point advantage until the 47th minute when Kilkenny were awarded a penalty and Nolan stepped up to strike low to the net and see her side take the lead by the slimmest 1-07 to 0-09.
Cork maintained their resilient work ethic and levelled courtesy of Dooley with 50 on the clock. Nolan and Ryan placed balls cancelled each other out as the game looked like it could be heading for a draw. However, two points in injury time one from substitute Christine Lyng who registered the second of only two points from play from the visitors on the 61st minute and a Nolan free saw the Cats take the points.
Cork showed huge determination and purpose as a new look team for 2019 following the success of an All-Ireland title in 2018 and those players being unavailable as a result. This side have already captured the Munster Intermediate title last month and show they have the potential to make an impression this season after giving Kilkenny a strong test in this opening round fixture. Full time score Cork 0-11, Kilkenny 1-10.
Cork: S. Beausang Killeagh (c), E. Flanagan Aghabullogue, C. Hayes Courcey Rovers, G. Hannon Courcey Rovers, A. Moloney Courcey Rovers, R. Sheehan Killeagh, E. Lonergan Sarsfields, K. O’Mahony Inniscarra, M. Murphy Blackrock, E. Looney Inniscarra, I. O’Regan Ballygarvan, A. Nic A Bhaird Ballinora, H. Ryan Blackrock, R. Harty Ballyhea, K. Dooley Ballinora.
Subs: A. Hurley St. Catherines for E. Looney (HT), A. Crowley Kilbrittain/Timoleague (HT), C. Harney Killeagh for M. Murphy (41), K. Wall Kilbrittain/Timoleague for E. Flanagan (53, inj), C. Murphy Kilbrittain/Timoleague for R. Harty (59).
Kilkenny: A. Walsh, N. Carter, C. O’Shea, N. Sweeney, N. Leahy, A. Prendergast, A. O’Gorman, A. Curtis, C. Phelan, K. Hamilton, L. Murphy, K. Nolan, L. Fitzpatrick, SA. Quinlan, C. Dowling.
Subs: C. Nolan for N. Sweeney (24), C. Lyng for C. Dowling (50), L. Greene for K. Hamilton (56).
Cork: H. Ryan 0-07 (0-05f), I. O’Regan 0-02, K. Dooley 0-02
Kilkenny: K. Nolan 1-08 (1-00pen, 0-07f), A. Prendergast 0-01 (0-01f), C. Lyng 0-01
Referee: Mike Ryan, Tipperary.
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