Cork Set up Final Showdown with Kingdom After Win Over Clare
Showing determination and a strong work ethic over the course of the game Cork took, and held the lead from the throw in right to the final whistle when they played Clare in the Munster Camogie Junior Championship Semi Final at a sun drenched Blarney GAA on Saturday May 5th.
Cork raced into a five point lead after just seven minutes of play and it was Nicole Crean who opened the scoring when she fired over inside the opening minute before Erin Looney, impressive at centre forward, pointed following a peach of a pass from Fiona Nelligan. Looney had Cork three to the good after 2 minutes before Crean, proving lively at top of the right tacked up the fourth score of the game with just three minutes played.
A Crean 20 metre placed ball on 7 had Cork well in control before Clare began to find their rhythm with Louise McDonnell firing over to register their first score on 9. Crean restored the Cork lead to five when she pointed before an Aisling McMahon 35 metre free pulled one back for the Banner.
A brace from Cork through Isobelle O’Regan and a fine Michelle Browne effort saw Cork 0-08 to 0-02 to the good at the short whistle.
Upon the resumption Browne had seven between the sides when she picked off a great tight angled point. However, Clare responded and returned a 45 metre free from a well worked attack and McMahon duly fired over to cut the deficit to six.
Cork continued their first half dominance with Gillian Harrington being well protected by the defence where Emma Flanagan, Grainne Hannon and Jillian O’Leary stood strong. The mid field pairing of Ashling Moloney and Isobelle O’Regan ensured the attack was well fuelled and Looney, Browne and Crean ensured the scoreboard was kept active.
On 39 and against the run of play Clare were thrown a life line when a long range Edel Moloney free took a slight touch from McMahon and found its way to the net to see just three between the sides.
Cork, however, maintained their dominance and responded two minutes later courtesy of substitute Aisling Wallace who fired over to put four between the sides. An outfield battle ensued with Clare putting up a strong fight for the closing 10 minutes, however, substitute Trisha Coleman had the final say when she split the posts on 61 to see Cork book their place in the Munster Camogie Junior Final against Kerry on May 20th on a score line of Cork 0-11, Clare 1-03.
Cork: G. Harrington Valley Rovers, E. Flanagan Aghabullogue, D. Carroll Enniskeane, E. Casey Sarsfields, G. Hannon Courcey Rovers, J. O’Leary Sliabh Rua, C. Hayes Courcey Rovers, A. Moloney Courcey Rovers, I. O’Regan Ballygarvan, F. Nelligan Charleville, E. Looney Inniscarra, C. O’Neill Courcey Rovers (c), N. Crean St. Vincents, E. O’Brien St. Catherines, M. Browne Mallow.
Subs: A. Wallace Glen Rovers for F. Nelligan (38), T. Coleman Na Piarsaigh for C. O’Neill (47), C. Coleman Na Piarsaigh for E. O’Brien (54), S. O’Reilly Courcey Rovers for N. Crean (60).
Clare: E. Moloney, J. Fitzgerald, R. Cahill, O. Moloney, A. Dinan (c), C. McMahon, A. Solon, N. Mulqueen, O. Cotter, C. Devitt, A. Cahill, A. McMahon, S. Lane, D. Considine, L. McDonnell.
Subs: A. Shannon for J. Fitzgerald (31), J. Fitzgerald for A. Cahill (45).
Cork: N. Crean 0-04 (0-01f), E. Looney 0-02, M. Browne 0-02, I. O’Regan 0-01, A. Wallace 0-01, T. Coleman 0-01
Clare: A. McMahon 1-02 (0-01f, 0-0145), L. McDonnell 0-01
Referee: TP Sullivan, Tipperary