Cork 3-22 Meath 1-5
DEFENDING champions Cork maintained their unbeaten run in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship as they recorded a comprehensive victory over a gallant Meath side at Páirc Uí Rinn.
While the Rebels were expected to win by a substantial margin for the second successive weekend, Meath produced the game’s opening score courtesy of a free from Kristina Troy. Maggie Randle to her credit pulled off some spectacular saves in the Royal County goal at the expense of 45s.
The home side had Meath on the back foot following the game’s opening point as they slotted over four unanswered points, including two from placed-balls by top scorer Cliona Healy, before Jane Tory pointed a free for the visitors.
Cork continued to have Meath pinned back as they tagged on a further four points without reply before Troy converted her second free.
The Rebels began to put the game beyond Meath’s reach approaching the break as Ciara McCarthy drilled home the game’s opening goal from the corner of the square in the 25th minute. Wayward puck-outs were proving to be costly for Meath in this period as Katelyn Hickey capitalized on a defensive error to pounce for Cork’s second goal, three minutes later.
Cork slotted over further five points without reply as they led by 2-11 to 0-3 at the break.
The second half was one-way traffic in Cork’s favour as Healy pointed a free within a minute of the resumption before Grace Coleman scored a goal for Meath, which was their first score from play.
Cork outscored the visitors by three points to two in the third quarter, with Meath being held scoreless in the closing 15 minutes.
Orla Cotter and Amy O’Connor scored points for the Rebelettes before Linda Collins scored their third goal from the edge of the square with seven minutes remaining. Cork added a further five points in the closing stages as Meath were reduced to 14 players with time almost up.
Next weekend, Cork are away to second-placed Waterford, who recorded a narrow 2-10 to 0-12 home win over Clare. The Rebels can expect tougher tests ahead as they go in search of a third successive All-Ireland crown.
Scorers for Cork: C Healy 0-9 (0-5f, 0-3 45); K Hickey, C McCarthy, L Collins 1-1 each; L Hayes 0-3 (0-1f); N McCarthy 0-2; G O’Connor, S McCarthy, O Cotter, O Cronin, H Looney 0-1 each.
Meath: G Coleman 1-0; J Dolan 0-3 (0-2f); K Troy 0-2f.
CORK: A Lee; L O’Sullivan, P Mackey, N O’Callaghan; S Hutchinson, L Coppinger, L Hayes; G O’Connor, B Corkery; K Hickey, C McCarthy, S McCarthy; L Homan, N McCarthy, C Healy.
Subs: H Looney for Coppinger (h/t); A O’Connor for S McCarthy (43); O Cotter for K Hickey, L Treacy for O’Callaghan (both 47); L Collins for C McCarty (51).
MEATH: M Randle; A Slattery, C Coffey, E Burke; A Keogh, C O’Brien, L Donoghue; A Minogue, M Thynne; F O’Brien, L Foley, L McDermott; G Coleman, J Dolan, K Troy.
Subs: A Cooke for Burke (24); S Payne for Keogh (30); A McNerney for Thynne (53).
Referee: R Kelly (Kildare).