Six goal delight for classy Cork ladies footballers as Cavan are crushed

Six goal delight for classy Cork ladies footballers as Cavan are crushed
Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cork 6-19 Cavan 3-8

CORK got their TG4 All-Ireland championship campaign off to a winning start at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, on Saturday evening.

This was a game they were expected to win easily and in the end, they did, but for they were made to fight all the way by a resilient Cavan side, who couldn't be faulted for their efforts.

For long periods of the first-half, in particular, they were within a score or so of the Rebels and it was only when Libby Coppinger got the second goal that Cork put some daylight between themselves and their opponents.

That put Cork six points in front and from here they were always in control and when they got their third goal, five minutes into the second half, the game was well and truly over as a contest and the expected win started to become the comprehensive one it was in the end.

The one aspect of the game they won't be happy with was the concession of three goals, all of which were sloppy by their standards and this will be something they will look to put right ahead of their clash with Armagh next Saturday in Tullamore.

Cork were soon off the mark with Saoirse Noonan pointing in the second minute, before Aishling Maguire equalised from a free.

Orla Finn put the Rebels back in front and with six minutes gone the sides were level when Mona Sheridan got Cavan's second score.

Finn put her side back in front as the Rebels were starting to dominate and they quickly added points, through Aine O'Sullivan and Eimear Scally to lead 0-5 to 0-2, with 11 minutes gone.

Finn was on target again, at the end of a move where the Rebels strung more than 20 passes together before she slotted over.

Cork got their first goal, when O'Sullivan was on the end of a well-worked move before Maguire got Cavan's third point.

Finn and Orlagh Farmer kept the scoreboard ticking over for Cork before a Cavan goal had them back in contention.

A lapse of concentration in defence let Aishling Sheridan in and she gave Martina O'Brien no chance of saving.

With 21 minutes gone Cavan got their second goal when Ciara Finnegan was fouled and Maguire rifled the ball to the roof of the net, to make it 2-3 to 1-8.

This woke the Rebels up, with Scally on target again, before Coppinger found the back of the net, a decision given after the ref consulted his umpires.

Initially the umpire waved it wide, but the ref then consulted the two umpires and the goal was given, to make it 2-9 to 2-3.

Finn added a point, with Donna English replying for Cavan, but the Rebels finished the half strongly, with two more from Finn and one from Noonan, as they led 2-13 to 2-4 at half-time.

Just 30 seconds into the second-half and Cork were unlucky not to goal again with Aine and Ciara O'Sullivan combining to set Noonan up, but Elaine Walsh pulled off a superb save to deny her.

Finn pointed to increase their lead, before Noonan got her second goal, with 35 minutes gone, to make it 3-14 to 2-5, and it was game over at this stage.

Finn added a point and with 39 minutes gone they got their fourth goal. Melissa Duggan burst forward from defence passed to Scally and she found Coppinger, who coolly slotted home.

Two points from Finn increased their lead, before their fifth goal came, this time from a Scally penalty. Rhona Ní Bhuachalla was bearing down on goal and she was taken down by Lauren McVeety, who ended up in the sin bin for the tackle.

Gilsenan pulled a point back for Cavan, with Finn and Doireann O'Sullivan replying for Cork. Geraldine Sheridan goaled for Cavan, but Farmer responded for the Rebels as they ran out easy winners in the end.

Scorers for Cork: O Finn 0-12 (0-6 f), L Coppinger 2-0, E Scally, S Noonan 1-2 each, A O'Sullivan, O Farmer 1-1 each, D O'Sullivan 0-1.

Cavan: A Sheridan, A Maguire 1-2 each, G Sheridan 1-0, D English, M Sheridan, A Gilsenan, L McVeety 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; E Meaney, H Looney, S Kelly; E Spillane, M Duggan, A Hutchings; M O’Callaghan, O Farmer; Á O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan, O Finn; E Scally, S Noonan, L Coppinger.

Subs: E Kiely for H Looney (h-t), R Ni Bhuachalla for S Noonan, D O'Sullivan for L Coppinger (both 40), M Ambrose for E Meaney, D Kiely for M O'Callaghan (both 50).

CAVAN: E Walsh; L McVeety, R Doonan, S Reilly; S Greene, S Lynch, M Sheridan; N Byrd, S O’Sullivan; D English, A Maguire, A Gilsenan; C Finnegan, A Sheridan, L Fitzpatrick.

Subs: N Keenaghan for M Sheridan, J Moore for R Doonan, E Lonagair for C Finnegan (all 45), K McIntyre for S Lynch, G Sheridan for A Maguire (both 50).

Referee: Gus Chapman, Sligo.

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