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Orla Finn of Cork in action against Niamh Collins, left, and Martha Byrne of Dublin. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Orla Finn of Cork in action against Niamh Collins, left, and Martha Byrne of Dublin. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Cork ladies footballers hold out for big win over rivals Dublin at Croke Park

Cork 0-8 Dublin 1-4

CORK withstood a second-half comeback to make it three wins in-a-row in the Lidl Ladies NFL at Croke Park on Saturday night.

Overall it was a deserved win, but they will be disappointed with the last 20 minutes or so. Conditions didn't help as Storm Ciara started to blow and made it difficult to hold onto the ball.

But for the first 40 minutes, Cork were outstanding and it was have been an injustice had they not won.

They had a number of outstanding displays with Roisin Phelan rock solid at centre-back, the half-back line of Laura O'Mahony, Melissa Duggan and Aisling Hutchings all prominent as well.

Áine O'Sullivan, right, and Shauna Kiely of Cork congratulate each other on Saturday night. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Áine O'Sullivan, right, and Shauna Kiely of Cork congratulate each other on Saturday night. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Hannah Looney had another good game at midfield, where she and Maire O'Callaghan worked tirelessly all through.

Up front Orla Finn led by example with Aine O'Sullivan also impressing.

Cork started the better of the two sides and despite playing against the wind pressed Dublin high up the pitch.

They were unlucky not to take the lead in the second minute when Finn's shot just dropped short, the wind holding it up.

But four minutes in and Duggan got them off the mark, bursting forward from defence to score.

Two minutes later and Finn got her first and she added Cork's third from a free, as Dubline were finding it difficult to get the ball out of their own defence.

It took them 10 minutes to set up any real scoring chance when Carla Rowe was on the end of a sweeping move but a last-ditch tackle from Duggan ensured the danger was cleared.

Róisín Phelan of Cork in action against Hannah O'Neill of Dublin at Croke Park. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Róisín Phelan of Cork in action against Hannah O'Neill of Dublin at Croke Park. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

It took Dublin 15 minutes to register their first score, when Rowe pointed from a free, to make it 0-1 to 0-3.

Another goal chance for Dublin went a-begging in the 18th minute when a superb block from Phelan denied Niamh Sweeney and 30 seconds later they had another chance. Rowe played Caoimhne O'Connor in, but she dropped the ball at the crucial time and Phelan cleared.

Rowe was on target again, with Finn replying at the other end.

Cork could have had a goal of their own, with 27 minutes gone, when Libby Coppinger burst past several defenders, but she was fouled and Finn slotted over to see Cork lead 0-5 to 0-2 at half-time and at that point in control of the game.

Scores were hard to come by in the second half and the Rebels got their three of this half all in the first seven minutes.

Looney got the first of them, followed by a Finn free, with Looney on target again to make it 0-8 to 0-2 with 37 minutes gone.

Dublin were thrown a lifeline in the 47th minute when Oonagh Whyte was fouled and Rowe slotted home the resultant penalty.

They could have had a second goal late on when Hannah O'Neill was put through but Martina O'Brien got a hand to the ball to divert it over the bar.

Another late point from Lyndsey Davey put a point between the sides and that's how it finished as Cork ran out deserving winners of an entertaining game.

Scorers for Cork: O Finn 0-5 (0-3 f), H Looney 0-2, M Duggan 0-1.

Dublin: C Rowe 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1 f), H O'Neill, L Davey 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, R Phelan, S Leahy; L O’Mahony, M Duggan, A Hutchings; M O’Callaghan, H Looney; L Coppinger, O Farmer, L Cleary; Á O’Sullivan, S Noonan, O Finn.

Subs: B O'Sullivan for L Cleary, S O'Leary for S Noonan (both ht), K Quirke for L Coppinger (38m), S Kiely for S Leahy (46m), E Kiely for O Farmer (50m), C O'Callaghan for R Phelan (60m inj).

DUBLIN: C Trant; É Rutledge, M Ní Scanaill, M Byrne; L Caffrey, N Collins, O Nolan; L Magee, J Dunne; K Sullivan, S Woods, C Rowe; N Sweeney, H O’Neill, C O’Connor.

Subs: O Whyte for K Sullivan (25m inj), N Heatherton for L Magee (33m inj), R McDonnell for N Sweeney, L Davey for O Whyte (both 44m), L Kane for S Woods (57m).

Ref: Niall McCormack, Laois.