Second Half Cork Display too Strong for Tipperary
Cork, with a substantial 15 points to spare, ran out convincing winners over visitors Tipperary in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Senior Championship Round 2 fixture played on a pristine surface at CIT on Saturday last.
Having locked horns in the Munster Camogie Final it was Cork who also proved superior on that occasion when they found a second gear mid-way through the second half to rack up a 10 point victory. Fast forward a month and Cork once again repeated their second half annihilation when they restricted the visitors to just one point whilst notching up an impressive 2-10 of their own.
Despite the score line the game proved a tough and skilful contest for both sides and with three penalties being awarded over the hour it highlighted the intensity of both the attacking and defensive play of both sides.
Chloe Sigerson stepped up to blast Corks first penalty just over the crossbar after 17 minutes of play, and the influential Cait Devane shared similar luck when her penalty effort shaded over on 28 to level proceedings: Tipperary 1-06, Cork 0-09. However, Sigerson unleashed her second penalty to the net after 63 minutes of play and with it pushed Cork 14 clear.
The first half proved lively with Tipperary opening up a two point lead inside as many minutes through Orla Dwyer and Mary Ryan. Cork registered their first score on 4 when Sigerson fired over before Grace O’Brien restored the Tipp lead with a well taken point. Katrina Mackey cut the deficit to the slimmest when she pointed on 6, however, Devane struck a superb long range free to once again see Tipp two clear.
Orla Cotter, unerring on free taking duty pointed her first of four placed balls before O’Brien and Mackey exchanged two well taken efforts to see Cork trail 0-04 to 0-05 on 12. A Cotter brace – one from play and one free, had Cork ahead by the slimmest on the quarter mark.
On 16 Cork were awarded a penalty after Amy O’Connor was pulled down en route to goal and Sigerson blasted the resultant penalty just over the bar to see Cork take a two point lead 0-07 to 0-05.
Julia White had three between the sides a moment later before Megan Ryan levelled proceedings on 24 when after a strong run through the heart of the Cork defense she unleashed a shot to the bottom corner giving Aoife Murray no chance in the Cork goal.
Cork responded immediately courtesy of Linda Collins who was proving a handful in attack, however, Tipperary were awarded a penalty two minutes from half time when the ref deemed Murray to have fouled Cait Devane when she came off her line to snuff out a potential goal scoring threat from Devane.
Devane unleashed the resultant penalty shot over the bar to level the sides for the third time before a Cotter placed ball and Campion long range effort saw the sides head to the dressing room all square on Cork 0-10, Tipperary 1-07.
Three unanswered points in four minutes courtesy of Collins, Orla Cronin and Mackey had Cork showing the signs of finding another level to their game in the second half. However, Devane cut the deficit to two on 39 when she pointed a 30 metre free but it was to be the solitary score of Tipperary’s second half.
The closing twenty minutes of the game witnessed Cork notch up 2-07 without reply. With the sides level on four occasions in the opening thirty minutes the closest the visitors could get in the second half was to within two points on the 39th minute.
Three points via Cotter – a free, Makey and Amy O’Connor had Cork five clear before Julia White fired to the net to give the home side an eight point cushion heading into the closing quarter.
Two Mackey points either side of a Sigerson long range free had double scores on the board with Cork leading 1-19 to Tipperary’s 1-08.
Despite Caoimhe Bourke getting a stick to Sigersons blistering injury time penalty it proved too strong to keep out and Cork added to their tally before substitute Ciara McCarthy had the final say deep in injury time when she fired over to see Cork take the points on a score line of Cork 2-20, Tipperary 1-08.
Cork: A. Murray, L. O’Sullivan, P. Mackey, N. O’Callaghan, H. Looney, L. Treacy, C. Sigerson, L. Coppinger, B. Corkery, A. O’Connor (c), O. Cronin, O. Cotter, K. Mackey, L. Collins, J. White.
Subs: C. McCarthy for J. White (49), K. Hickey for L. Treacy (53), S. McCarthy for B. Corkery (59).
Tipperary: C. Burke, J. Burke, M. Ryan, E. Loughman, C. Quirke (c), K. Kennedy, A. McGrath, Megan Ryan, E. McDonnell, O. Dwyer, C. Devane, E. Fryday, G. O’Brien, N. Treacy, M. Campion.
Subs: C. Mullaney for A. McGrath (48), L. Loughnane for G. O’Brien (51), G. Grace for K. Kennedy (57), J. Kelly for N. Treacy (59).
Cork: C. Sigerson 1-03 (1-01PEN, 0-01PEN, 0-01f), J. White 1-01, K. Mackey 0-00-06, O. Cotter 0-05 (0-04f), L. Collins 0-02, O. Cronin 0-01, A. O’Connor 0-01, C. McCarthy 0-01.
Tipperary: Megan Ryan 1-00, C. Devane 0-03 (0-02f, 0-01PEN), G. O’Brien 0-02, M. Campion 0-01, M.Ryan 0-01, O. Dwyer 0-01.
Referee: Liz Dempsey, Kilkenny.
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