CORK took a major step towards the Littlewoods Ireland Division 1 League final with a dominant display against old foes Kilkenny at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday.
Tipp are through to the decider after beating Galway, while the Rebels are now in a strong position, two wins from two, with Offaly and Clare to come.
Goalkeeper Amy Lee was thrilled to get one over the Cats, who were fired up after a loss to Clare last month.
"Kilkenny always pose a huge challenge so we’re just happy now to get the win under our belts.”
Lee is this season taking over the number one spot from the legendary Aoife Murray
"Aoife is a legend and someone I really look up to, she has been so good to me down through the years and is always so helpful. I would have played in a few league games and Munster championship games and the experience gained in these games helped me and Aoife was there encouraging me all the way.“
This is a new-look side under Paudie Murray, with the likes of Gemma O'Connor and Orla Cotter unavailable.
“Some of the players who have come through from the last two winning minor teams are great girls, in our two games they have all played well and it is great that we have them.“
Lee believes new players must be patient.
“I am on the senior panel since 2015 and sometimes my friends used say to me why don’t you quit you never get games.
"I was learning all the time and that is what these girls are doing learning and getting better. They are great girls and to see them today playing against a team like Kilkenny who are so experienced was a great boost to us all.”
Looking ahead to the nest challenges Amy is hoping that Cork can continue their winning ways and book a place in the league final.
“We have a trip to Offaly next Sunday and they will be tough. We then have our rescheduled game with Clare to fit in they already beat Kilkenny and having lost to Waterford they will be another hard challenge.
"We have two wins from two games so it’s going well and hopefully we will build on it.”