Cork Retain Munster Intermediate Title With Impressive Victory Over Tipperary
Cork successfully retained the Munster Camogie Intermediate title when they overcame Tipperary in a rematch of the same fixture a year previous when they registered a 1-12 to 1-08 victory at Charleville GAA on Saturday evening May 18th.
Cork raced into an early lead against the newly crowned Littlewoods Ireland League Division 2 Champions when they registered 1-02 without reply inside the opening six minutes.
Hayley Ryan pointed inside the opening minute when she was at the end of a good sequence of Cork play to split the posts before Rachel Harty added a fine effort on the run minutes later. However, it was a Kate Dooley goal that put Cork in the driving seat early on when she caught an Erin Looney long ball to turn and show the Tipperary defence a clean pair of heels before unleashing a composed shot past Ciara Houlihan to put Cork 1-02 ahead on six.
Jenny Grace on free taking duty for Tipperary registered their opening score after seven minutes when she put over a 40 metre placed ball. Two Ryan frees either side of a Shauna Quirke point had Cork five clear heading into the closing 10 minutes of the half.
Andrea Loughnane cut the deficit to four when she fired over under pressure before Ryan and Grace exchanged frees to see Cork head to the dressing holding a 1-05 to 0-04 lead at half time.
Upon the resumption Ryan pushed Cork five clear when she pointed a 20 metre free, however it was quickly cancelled out by Quirke when she fired over from close range after a strong run at the Cork defence.
On 38 Tipperary cut the lead to the slimmest when player of the match Grace O’Toole pulled on a breaking ball on the ground to slot past Captain Stefanie Beausang to give Tipperary impetus and momentum heading into the final 10.
Showing indomitable spirit Cork were unwavering despite Tipperary equalising when Clodagh McIntyre fired over on the three quarter mark. Cork rallied and with their defence holding firm they surged forward and returned five unanswered points in a 10 minute spell to see them restore a five point lead for the fifth time on 54. Four Ryan placed balls and a Dooley effort from play showed the work rate and response from Cork where Katie O’Mahony and Ashling Moloney at mid field held firm and Dooley, Ryan and Erin Looney proved prominent in attack.
Tipperary responded with a 30 metre free courtesy of Grace before Looney had her fine effort from play cancelled out by a Sinead Meagher effort to see Cork lead 1-12 to 1-08 with 58 on the clock.
However, Tipperary weren’t finished and when Meagher was through on goal deep in injury time it took an excellent point blank save from Beausang in the Cork goal to deny her and with it see Cork seal victory 1-12 to 1-08.
Cork: S. Beausang Killeagh (c), A. Crowley Kilbrittain-Timoleague, C. Daly Killeagh, G. Hannon Courcey Rovers, E. Flanagan Aghabullogue, R. Sheehan Killeagh, C. Hayes Courcey Rovers, A. Moloney Courcey Rovers, K. O’Mahony Inniscarra, I. O’Regan Ballygarvan, R. Harty Ballyhea, E. Looney Inniscarra, H. Ryan Blackrock, N. O’Riordan Glen Rovers, K. Dooley Ballinora.
Subs: F. Keating Courcey Rovers for R. Harty (HT), A. Hurley St. Catherines for N. O’Riordan (46).
Tipperary: C. Houlihan, B. Ryan, S. Larkin, C. Ryan, C. Stakelum, C. Brennan, E. Carey, N. Loughnane, G. O’Toole, C. McKeogh, J. Grace, A. Dwyer, S. Delaney, A. Loughnane, S. Quirke.
Subs: S. McIntyre for S. Delaney (36), S. Meagher for N. Loughnane (51), L. Shinners for J. Grace (56).
Cork: K. Dooley 1-01, H. Ryan 0-09 (0-07f, 0-0145), E. Looney 0-01, R. Harty 0-01
Tipperary: G. O’Toole 1-00, J. Grace 0-03 (0-03f), S. Quirke 0-02, A. Loughnane 0-01, C. McIntyre 0-01, S. Meagher 0-01
Referee: Kevin O’Brien, Limerick.
Photo Credit: Trevor Patchett