Efficient Cork Performance Dismantles Meath
Cork cruised to a substantial victory over visitors Meath in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Senior Championship Group 2 fixture played at a sun drenched Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday last.
It was Meath who opened the scoring when Kristina Troy fired over a superb long range free, however, Cork had four points on the board before Meath registered their next score on 11 when Jane Dolan pointed a 30 metre placed ball. Laura Hayes and Katelyn Hickey fired over two fine efforts before a Healy brace of placed balls had Cork ahead by two.
Two Healy placed balls either side of a Niamh McCarthy well taken point had the home side four clear on the quarter mark. With nine changes in starting personnel and only a handful of players who would normally be considered frontline starters, Meath were fast finding themselves at the receiving end of a clinical dismantling by the reigning All Ireland Champions.
With 19 on the clock Ciara McCarthy fired over a well worked point before Troy hit her sides third when she pointed a placed ball from 65 metres. Trailing by five and with five minutes to play before the half time whistle Meath were dealt a hammer blow when Cork billowed the net twice in quick succession late in the opening half.
Ciara McCarthy and Healy combined to see McCarthy unleash a superb tight angled shot to the roof of the Meath net before McCarthy put Hickey through to deliver a shot past Maggie Randle that saw Cork hold an eleven point advantage 2-08 to 0-03.
Cork closed out the half with three unanswered points courtesy of Niamh McCarthy, a long range Hayes free and a 20 metre placed ball from Healy to see them hold a 14 point half time lead, Cork 2-11, Meath 0-03.
Healy, deadly accurate on free taking duty fired over a 20 metre free within a minute of the restart to push Cork 15 clear. However, two minutes later Lisa Foley was on hand to shade a shot over the line past Amy Lee when the Cork defence failed to clear their lines after a long range Dolan free tested the Cork rear-guard.
Gemma O’Connor and Dolan exchanged scores before a Cork brace from Saoirse McCarthy and Hayes had Cork 2-14 to 1-04 ahead on 43.
Dolan pulled one back for the visitors, however, substitutes Orla Cotter and Amy O’Connor had an unanswered brace on the board within minutes of being introduced. Despite Megan Thynne and Jane Dolan showing for the visitors they struggled to contain the home side, and when Linda Collins was introduced 10 minutes from time she made no delay in making an impression when she slotted past Randle in the Meath goal.
Five unanswered Cork points three from Healy – 2 frees and one from play, Collins and Hannah Looney closed out the game to see Cork take the points on a scoreline of Cork 3-22, Meath 1-05.
Cork: A. Lee, L. O’Sullivan, P. Mackey, N. O’Callaghan, S. Hutchinson, L. Coppinger, L. Hayes, G. O’Connor, B. Corkery, K. Hickey, C. McCarthy, S. McCarthy, L. Homan, N. McCarthy, C. Healy.
Subs: H. Looney for L. Coppinger (HT), A. O’Connor for S. McCarthy (43), O. Cotter for K. Hickey (46), L. Treacy for N. O’Callaghan (46), L. Collins for C. McCarthy (50).
Meath: M. Randle, A. Slattery, C. Coffey, E. Burke, Á. Keogh, C. O’Brien, L. Donoghue, A. Minogue, M. Thynne, F. O’Brien, L. Foley, L. McDermott, G. Coleman, J. Dolan, K. Troy.
Subs: Á. Cooke for E. Burke (24), S. Payne for Á. Keogh (29), S. Hackett for L. Foley (44), A. McNerney for M. Thynne (52)
Cork: K. Hickey 1-01, L. Collins 1-01, C. McCarthy 1-01, C. Healy 0-09 (0-05f, 0-0345), L. Hayes 0-03 (0-01f), N. McCarthy 0-02, S. McCarthy 0-01, H. Looney 0-01, O. Cotter 0-01, G. O’Connor 0-01, A.
Meath: L. Foley 1-00, J. Dolan 0-03 (0-02f), K. Troy 0-02 (0-02f)
Referee: Ray Kelly, Kildare.
Pic Credit: Trevor Patchett
Pic Credit: Colbert O’Sullivan