Competent Cork Produce Comprehensive Victory
Cork produced a comprehensive victory when they handed out a 3-18 to 10 point demolition of Antrim in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Intermediate Championship fixture played at Castle Road on Saturday last.
Cork led at the break 2-11 to five points and it was evident the home side were proving far superior and too much to handle for Antrim.
With seven different scorers on the score sheet and amassing 3-12 from play, Cork have gained a real handle on this Intermediate Championship competition.
Katie McAleese got the proceedings underway when she opened the scoring with a 30 metre placed ball inside the opening minute before Erin Looney fired over quickly followed by a Hayley Ryan 45 metre free to see Cork lead by one after five minutes of play.
Cork went four clear when Kate O’Keeffe finished an excellent passage of play that started when Michelle Murphy picked out Erin Looney with a great pass who in turn found O’Keeffe who unleashed past Caoimhe Duffin to goal.
An Antrim brace from Lucia McNaughton and an excellent effort off the stick by Roisin McCormick had the Cork lead cut to two on eight.
Ryan and McCormick exchanged points before Cork registered three unanswered points from play courtesy of Looney, Ryan and O’Keeffe to push the home side five clear on 17.
Four placed balls in succession by Ryan, who was unerring on free taking duty, extended the Cork lead to nine before McCormick pointed early in injury time to register Antrims fifth score of the opening half.
Izzy O’Regan pushed the Cork lead back to nine before Michelle Murphy had the final say of the half when she dispossessed her opponent, turned and crashed to the Antrim net to see Cork 2-11 to five points to the good at half time.
Two McAleese placed balls either side of a Kate Dooley point had Antrim trailing by 11 inside four minutes of the resumption.
Cork surged forward and points from O’Regan, substitute Nora O’Riordan and Murphy had the home side 14 clear heading in the final 20 minutes.
On 40, O’Regan had Cork 3-15 to seven to the good when she goaled after a strong run through the Antrim defence to crash past Duffin for Corks third goal.
Despite the score line Antrim remained resolute, however with the Cork defence well on top they were resigned to relying on frees and McCormick added two placed balls to their tally to see the visitors’ trail 3-15 to nine on 51.
Two Cork points from O’Riordan and O’Regan either side of a McCormick free before a Murphy point in injury time ensured Cork took a comprehensive victory on a score line of Cork 3-18, Antrim 0-10.
Cork: S. Beausang Killeagh (c), A. Crowley Kilbrittain/Timoleague, C. Daly Killeagh, G. Hannon Courcey Rovers, A. Moloney Courcey Rovers, R. Sheehan Killeagh, M Lynch Newcestown, K. O’Mahony Inniscarra, M. Murphy Blackrock, I. O’Regan Ballygarvan, R. Harty Ballyhea, E. Looney Inniscarra K. O’Keeffe Milstreet, C. Murphy Kilbrittain/Timoleague, H. Ryan Blackrock.
Subs: K. Dooley Ballinora for C. Murphy (HT), N. O’Riordan Glen Rovers for E. Looney (HT), E. Buckley Na Piarsaigh for K. O’Mahony (43), A. Nic A Bhaird Ballinora for K. O’Keeffe (49), K. Wall Kilbrittain/Timoleague for H. Ryan (58).
Antrim: C. Duffin, NA Donnelly, C. McShane, M. Connolly, M. Lynn, N. Donnelly, C. Donnelly, M. Kelly, A. Boyce, R. McCormick, A. Donnelly, K. McAleese (c), L. McNaughton, S. Cosgrove, L. McConville.
Cork: I. O’Regan 1-03, M. Murphy 1-02, K. O’Keeffe 1-01, H. Ryan 0-07 (0-03f, 0-0345), N. O’Riordan 0-02, E. Looney 0-02, K. Dooley 0-01.
Antrim: K. McAleese 0-06 (0-06f), R. McCormick 0-03, L. McNaughton 0-01
Referee: Conor Quinlan, Galway.
Pic Credit: Trevor Patchett
Pic Credit: Colbert O’Sullivan