Impressive Cork Prove too Hot Handle for Dublin
Cork claimed a comprehensive victory over an under par Dublin side when they met at Castle Road in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship on Saturday last.
Cork have now registered two wins from four and must ensure to record high scoring victories in their remaining two fixtures against Antrim and Westmeath in order to give themselves the best possible chance of potential qualification for a semi-final spot.
Izzy O’Regan got Cork off to a great start inside four minutes when she finished to the net after a surging run through the heart of the Dublin defence before a Hayley Ryan placed ball pushed the hosts four clear.
Dublin opened their scoring on 8 when Emma Johnson pointed a long range free, however, four minutes later Ryan pushed Cork five clear when she pointed a brace – one from play followed by a 45 metre free.
Cork began to exert their dominance all over the field and an excellent brace via Caroline Murphy and Katie O’Mahony, after outstanding teamwork and passing, had the home side seven clear 10 minutes from the short whistle.
When Murphy crashed to the net it was the culmination of an excellent piece of play that commenced in the heart of the Cork defence and finished when she unleashed to the net giving Stef Carty no chance in the Dublin goal and; with 24 minutes played, Cork enjoyed a 10 point advantage.
With Ciara Hayes, Ashling Moloney and Áine Crowley marshalling the Cork rear guard Dublin were restricted to just two points in the opening half the second of which came when Gaby Couch split the posts on 27.
Erin Looney rounded off the half when she fired over to be the fifth Cork scorer to register on the scoreboard to see Cork hold a 10 point half time lead Cork 2-06, Dublin 0-02.
With Dublin struggling to make any inroads in the Cork defence they were restricted to just four points in the second half, two from placed balls and two from play. In contrast, Cork registered 1-08 through five different scorers; the first of which came within a minute of the restart from the stick of Kate O’Keeffe.
Cliodhna Nicolletti and Nadine Murphy frees for Dublin sandwiched four unanswered Cork points – a brace from Looney, a superb long range effort from Michelle Murphy at mid field and, a point from O’Regan had Cork 2-11 to 0-04 to the good eight minutes from time.
Murphy had Cork 14 clear when her kicked effort shaded over the crossbar before Nadine Murphy cancelled it out with a well taken point for the visitors. Ryan and Couch exchanged points before Ryan had the final say of the game when she registered Corks third goal when she finished to the net after a piercing run through the Dublin defence. Cork took the points on a score line of Cork 3-14, Dublin 0-06.
The senior side provided a coolly efficient performance as they dismantled Dublin by 2-20 to 0-9 to record a third win from as many games in Group 2 of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.
Cork held a comprehensive lead at half time 2-11 to 0-03 with the goals coming from Linda Collins and Amy O’Connor and points from Hannah Looney, Orla Cotter, Briege Corkery two from Chloe Sigerson and three for Katrina Mackey in the opening half.
Cork proved far too strong for the hosts, laying the foundation for their victory with two goals in the first 17 minutes.
Hannah Looney and Orla Cotter already had points on the board when Linda Collins goaled in the eighth minute.
Collins, Cotter and Katrina Mackey added points and Cork had 1-6 on the board by the time Dublin registered their first point after 16 minutes.
Cork were ruthless however, and Amy O’Connor’s goal, as well as three Chloe Sigerson points saw Cork hold a 14 point lead – 2-11 to 0-3 at half time.
Dublin certainly didn’t throw in the towel and Ali Twomey, Orla Beagan, Alex Griffin and Aoibhe Dillon all shot points but Cork kept the scoreboard ticking over as Cotter brought her tally to six points, and Looney, Collins, Julia White and Clíona Healy were also on target to confirm a comfortable success.
Cork now face Meath on Saturday next in their penultimate game of group 2.
Intermediate – Teams:
Cork: S. Beausang Killeagh (c), C. Hayes Courcey Rovers, A. Crowley Kilbrittain/Timoleague, G. Hannon Courcey Rovers, A. Moloney Courcey Rovers, R. Sheehan Killeagh, M Lynch Newcestown, K. O’Mahony Inniscarra, M. Murphy Blackrock, E. Looney Inniscarra C. Murphy Kilbrittain/Timoleague, I. O’Regan Ballygarvan, H. Ryan Blackrock, R. Harty Ballyhea, K. O’Keeffe Milstreet.
Subs: E. Buckley Na Piarsaigh for C. Hayes (40), E. Flanangan Aghabullogue for M. Lynch (50), S. O’Regan Ballinora for C. Murphy (50), N. O’Riordan Glen Rovers for E. Looney (53), C. Harney Killeagh for I. O’Regan (58).
Dublin: S. Carty, C. Bunchannan, E. Browne, L. Robinson, C. Mhaologai, S. Murphy, S. MacBride, M. Kelleher (c), G. Power, E. Johnson, J. Couch, C. Nicolletti, G. Couch, M. Cronin, A. Buckley.
Subs: Z. Couch for E. Johnson (29), S. Kelly for C. Mhaologain (29), N. Murphy for G. Power (35), C. O’Connor for M. Cronin (40).
Cork: H. Ryan 1-04 (0-02f, 0-0145), I. O’Regan 2-01, C. Murphy 1-02, E. Looney 0-03, M. Murphy 0-02, K. O’Keeffe 0-01, K. O’Mahony 0-01
Dublin: N. Murphy 0-02 (0-01f), E. Johnson 0-01 (0-01f), C. Nicolletti 0-01 (0-01f), G. Couch 0-01, J.
Referee: J. McDonagh, Galway.
Cork v Dublin – Liberty Insurance All Ireland Intermediate Championship
Pic Credit: mleemedia.com
Dublin v Cork – Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Championship
Pic Credit: Colbert O’Sullivan