Tipperary U-14 Ladies into the Munster “A” Championship Final
Tipperary 5-01 (16) Cork 1-08 (11)
Goals win matches and certainly this was true on Saturday afternoon in a beautifully prepared Clonmel sports’ field as the Tipperary U 14 ladies’ football team scored five on the Cork girls to knock them out of this year’s Munster championship.
Both sides decided to play an extra defender from the beginning and this closed the game down and made it hard on all the forwards. Tipperary, with the advantage of three competitive matches already in the Munster championship, appeared to adapt better to this formation and upset the rhythm of the Cork team. Tipp were first to score with a pointed free in the fourth minute. Cork equalised and led from another point in the eight minute before Tipp scored their first goal, a great solo effort from their centre back who was now playing in the middle of the park. Cork responded with a point and a converted penalty to nudge them selves in front. Both sides were now playing some nice football but the Cork girls gave away some easy ball and the Tipperary forwards capitalized on this and scored two good goals before the interval to lead 3-01 to 1-04 at the break.
Cork opened the second period well narrowing the gap with some fine points and looked to be getting on top but a great save from the Tipperary keeper seemed to turn the game in their favour and inspire them to go on and score two further goals finishing on a score line 5-01 to 1-08.
Tipperary were very deserving winners on the day as they took the game to Cork, had greater hunger for success and their fitness level was superior. They will have to improve their long range shooting as they had many wides and no point from play but they have a very talented set of forwards who appeared small in size but nimble, tenacitious and very good footballers.
Congratulations to Tipperary who now await the winners of the second semi final between Kerry and Limerick to see who they will play in the Munster final on May 28th.
Well done to the Cork girls who gave it their all but just came up short on the day. The U 14 All Ireland Blitz competition in Mullingar will take place in a few weeks and I am sure the Cork girls will put in a good performance at this.