Cork Book Place In Munster Final With Comprehensive Victory Over Limerick
Cork booked their place in the Munster Championship Final after a comprehensive 12 point victory over Limerick that saw the visitors restricted to just four points from placed balls at a sun drenched Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening May 11th.
A well taken Linda Collins point inside the opening minute and three Orla Cotter frees saw Cork hold a four point advantage after 13 minutes of play. Cork displayed excellent support and team work, however, the Limerick defence and especially their half back line who well court marshalled by Sarah Carey ensured Cork scores were hard earned.
Niamh Mulcahy opened the account for Limerick when she slotted over a 30 metre placed ball on the quarter mark. This was to be Limericks solitary score for the half, however, they did threaten goal on two occasions in the second quarter. Rebecca Delee pulled a shot across the face of goal that went just wide of the target, before Mulcahy was denied by a super diving save from Aoife Murray just shy of the half time whistle. In contrast, Cork notched up three unanswered points courtesy of two fine Katrina Mackey efforts either side of a Cotter placed ball to see the half time score Cork 0-07, Limerick 0-01.
Upon the resumption two Amy O’Connor points either side of a Mulcahy free saw Cork 0-09 to 0-02 ahead on 40. Cotter proving consistent on free taking duty stretched the lead to eight when she pointed a placed ball from 40 metres.
Cotter and Mulcahy exchanged frees before Limerick, who were already struggling with the loss of Carey who was replaced at half time due to injury saw the side reduced to 14 when Caoimhe Lyons was shown red after a high tackle on Murray.
Limerick were dealt a further hammer blow when O’Connor blasted to the net after being set up by Collins with a super pass before Orla Cronin fired over to stretch the Cork lead to 12 and 7 minutes remaining. Two Mulcahy placed balls either side of a Collins effort from play saw Cork take victory on a scoreline of Cork 1-13, Limerick 0-04.
Cork: A. Murray, N. O’Callaghan, L. Treacy, P. Mackey, H. Looney, G. O’Connor, C. Sigerson, L. Coppinger, C. McCarthy, O. Cotter O. Cronin, K. Mackey, A. O’Connor, L. Collins, L. Homan.
Subs: L. Hayes for H. Looney (40), N. McCarthy for C. McCarthy (41), J. White for O. Cronin (57), L. O’Sullivan for L. Treacy (inj – 59), S. McCarthy for L. Collins (59).
Limerick: L. O’Neill, J. Mulcahy, M. Creamer, M. Quaid, R. Delee, S. Carey, M. Ryan, R. Ambrose, K. O’Leary, D. Murphy, N. Mulcahy, K. Hennessy, C. Costelloe (c), S. O’Callaghan, C. Lyons.
Subs: D. Egan for S. Carey (inj – HT), L. Leonard for S. O’Callaghan (46), L. Stack for K. Hennessy (56).
Cork: A. O’Connor 1-02, O. Cotter 0-06 (0-06f), L. Collins 0-02, K. Mackey 0-02, O. Cronin 0-01
Limerick: N. Mulcahy 0-04 (0-04f).
Referee: J. Lillis Tipperary.