Cork 3-17 Tipperary 2-10
CORK retained their Munster senior camogie title after a hard-fought win over Tipperary at Cashel on Saturday.
It took a blistering second-half display from the Rebels to see off a determined Tipp side, which saw them level at the break. The strong wind played its part in proceedings with Cork turning to play with it in the second-half. But even at that, they fell behind to an early goal, before they rallied to hit 1-5 without reply as they started to pull away.
There were a number of outstanding displays, with Linda Collins and Amy O’Connor leading the attack. Collins finished with 1-3 and for her overall display it was no surprise she was named Player of the Match.
But key to Cork’s win was their defence, with Laura Treacy and Gemma O’Connor showing the spine is rock solid. Alongside O’Connor, Libby Coppinger was another who was superb all through.
The win saw Cork make it a double treble, as they won the junior, intermediate and senior titles for the second year in-a-row. With the minors also winning the All-Ireland recently it has been a good few weeks for Cork camogie.
Afterward, manager Paudie Murray was happy with the win and felt they were going in the right direction ahead of the All-Ireland championship in a few weeks.
“3-17 is a good score and I thought that some of our combination play was very good at times. I was disappointed at conceding the two goals and I’m not sure how the second one was given with someone standing inside in the square like that.
“Overall happy enough, we are moving in the right direction and some of our more senior players need to sharpen up a bit before championship but we have three weeks to get that right so I am happy enough.
“We responded well and we are getting there and, as I said three weeks out from championship, we would want to be at this stage,” concluded Paudie.
Megan Ryan put Tipp in front, with Orla Cotter equalising from a free, before two from Nicole Walsh made it 0-3 to 0-1 to Tipp.
Cork hit back through O’Connor and Chloe Sigerson before Tipp got their first goal. A shot from distance by Eibhlis McDonnell came back off the post and Miriam Campion was quickest to react to the breaking ball.
But it didn’t seem to bother the Rebels, with Collins hitting two and Katrina Mackey one to level it, 0-6 to 1-3.
Tipp went back in front, with two from Walsh and one from Orla Dwyer, to go three in front again. A brilliant run from O’Connor saw her ghost past several defenders to blast to the back of the net to make it 1-6 each.
Mackey and Walsh exchanged points to see them level at half-time.
Campion got her second goal at the start of the second-half, but again Cork responded, with Collins getting their second goal straight from the restart.
Two from Cotter, along with points from Collins, Mackey and Homan made it 2-12 to 2-7 as Cork started to dominate.
When Niamh McCarthy got Cork’s third goal, to make it 3-13 to 2-9, with 55 minutes gone, it was all over for Tipp and two late points from Cotter, and one from Julia White ensured that Cork retained their title.
Scorers for Cork: L Collins 1-3, A O’Connor 1-1, N McCarthy 1-0, O Cotter 0-5 (5f), K Mackey 0-3, C Sigerson, L Homan, L Coppinger, G O’Connor, J White 0-1 each.
Tipperary: M Campion 2-0, N Walsh 0-5 (2f, 0-2 45), G O’Brien 0-2 (1f, 0-1 45), Megan Ryan, O Dwyer, K Kennedy 0-1 each.
CORK: A Lee; L O’Sullivan, L Treacy, P Mackey; L Coppinger, G O’Connor, C Sigerson; N O’Callaghan, L Homan; A O’Connor, O Cronin, O Cotter; K Mackey, L Collins, L Hayes.
Subs: N McCarthy for L Homan (50m), J White for K Mackey (56m), C McCarthy for L Collins (57m), C Healy for N O’Callaghan (60m).
TIPPERARY: C Burke; J Burke, G Grace, E Loughman; C Quirke, K Kennedy, A McGrath; Megan Ryan, Mary Ryan; O Dwyer, E McDonnell, E Fryday; N Walsh, N Treacy, M Campion.
Subs: G O’Brien for N Walsh (45m), C McKeogh for M Campion (50m), L Loughnane for Mary Ryan (50m).
Referee: Kevin O’Brien, (Limerick).