Cork Regain Munster Senior Ladies’ Football Crown
Cork 2-08 Kerry 0-07
The Cork senior Ladies’ Football team (Sponsered by SuperValu) regained the Munster title with a comprehensive win over near neighbours Kerry in Killarney on Sunday evening last. Despite the poor weather a great crowd attended a fantastic Legion GAA grounds on the outskirts of Killarney to watch this encounter.
The sides had met just a few short weeks ago when the Kerry ladies totally out played Cork in Macroom. On Sunday evening the exact opposite was true with Cork on top in all quarters playing their best football in 2016 so far. Kerry opened the scoring with a point in the first minute but this was they only time they led in a game that was fast and extremely tough at times. Orla Finn equalised in the third minute and when Bridge Corkery added another point it set the Cork side on their way. East Cork ladies Annie Walsh and Orlagh Farmer were superb in the half forward line working back time after time. Finn grabbed a fine goal just before the break when she intercepted a pass from a poor kick out to leave the score 1-05 to 0-04 at the interval.
Cork pushed on after the break with Rena Buckley and Corkery taking control in the middle of the park and when Buckley converted a penalty mid way through the half the game was well over as a contest. Kerry managed three points in the second period but the Cork backs stood firm with Roisin Phelan and Briege Stack outstanding in the full line and Deirdre O Reilly was back to her best in the centre.
This was a great team performance from a Cork squad who appear to have their drive and enthusiasm back and hopefully they can push on to retain their All Ireland Crown in September.
Well done to the East Cork girls involved Roisín Phelan, Hannah Looney & Emma Farmer (Aghada) Annie Walsh & Jess O’Shea (Inch Rovers). Orlagh Farmer (Midleton), Aishling Hutchings (Fermoy) & Shauna Cronin (Mayfield)
All Ireland Minor Semi Final
Focus will now turn to the Cork Minor team as they play Galway in the semi final of the All Ireland championship in Nenagh on Saturday next. Cork defeated Tipperary and Kerry in the Munster championship but the girls from Connaught will prove much stiffer opposition as they have at least six of last years starting line up again this year.
Best of luck to all involved especially the East Cork girls Christine Moran & Sorcha Phelan (Aghada). Grace Culloty & Laura Quirke (Bride Rovers), Ciara Brennan (Carrigtwohill) Niamh Murphy (Erins Own). Abbie Scannell (Fermoy) & Kate Hannon (Glanmire)