THE Cork minor camogie team, winners of the All-Ireland Minor A title for the second year in-a-row, are the May 2019 winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Award.
The scheme is sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs and Cummins Sports, (award sponsors) in association with The Echo and RedFM, media sponsors.
In 2018 the minor A side reigned supreme when they recorded the first Cork victory at this grade since it was changed to U18 from U16 in 2006.
In 2019 the team qualified for the semi-final after they secured a second place spot in Group 2 by the narrowest of margins. The team commenced the season with an away fixture to Tipperary at The Ragg, with the home side winning.
The next two fixtures were home games against Wexford and Dublin and the team registered two convincing wins.
The final game of the group came down to a crunch fixture away to Galway. It ended all square and, as a result, Cork took second place in the group ahead of Galway on score difference and behind table toppers Tipperary.
They then enjoyed a win over Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final, before facing Clare in the final at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh.
Cork took advantage of playing with the strong wind and raced into an eight point lead, all via the stick work of full-forward Clodagh Finn.
Player of the Match Fiona Keating then struck for the first of a personal tally of five points from play when she fired over on the run.
Emma Murphy billowed the net to see Cork head to the dressing room leading 3-11 to 0-3. Upon the resumption of play, Clare showed their intent and took advantage of playing with the strong wind when inside 10 minutes they notched up 1-4 without reply.
They kept up the pressure on Cork, but the Rebels got a number of crucial points to secure the title on a final scoreline of 3-15 to 2-12.