THE scoreline tells the story of this round two Liberty Insurance senior championship game played at a sun-baked Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.
Cork made it back-to-back wins in the defence of their title as they totally outclassed a Dublin side who came Leeside hoping for a better performance. In truth Dublin were never a worry for a Cork outfit who played with huge confidence.
Cork looked in command throughout as they answered any challenge Dublin put to them. In the opening quarter the sides were evenly matched as they teased each other out but Cork always looked comfortable and it came as no surprise that when they put the foot on the pedal Dublin simply had no response.
As the champions showed their class Dublin floundered and their only score of the second half was a goal from a late close-in Orla Began free.
Katriona Mackey again had an excellent hour and she opened the scoring with a Cork point. Two minutes later Dublin were lucky not to concede a goal as they somehow scooped Amy O’Connor’s effort away to safety. The O’Connors, Amy and Gemma, had points before two in-a-row from Emma Flanagan and Siobhán Kehoe settled Dublin into the game.
The game swung in Cork’s favour 18 minutes in when Faye McCarthy failed to deal with Katriona Mackey’s long-range strike for a point that somehow ended up in the top corner of the net to give Cork a four-point advantage.
Cork added to this with Orla Cronin and Katriona Mackey pointing to stretch the lead to five pints but Dublin hit back and it was Cork’s turn to concede a bad goal. Orla Began’s long-range delivery was met by Aoife Murray who somehow deflected the ball into her own net.
Cork attacked from the restart but struck a bad wide before Orla Cronin pointed a free and and as the half time whistle loomed just four points separated the sides. Eimear McCarthy cut the deficit to three with a point as the game entered injury time but Dublin were dealt a killer blow when Linda Collins grabbed Cork’s second goal after good work from Cronin.
That took Cork to the dressing room leading by double scores: 2-6 to 1-3.
The second half was just two minutes old when Cork began to pull away, Cronin’s long-range effort again deceiving McCarthy and it proved a killer blow for Dublin who had no answer as the Cork machine clicked into full gear. Now dominating all over the field Cork picked off some excellent points.
Ashling Thompson began to stamp her authority on proceedings after a quiet opening half. Lauren Homan struck two points in-a-row. In between Orla Cronin pointed a free.
Cork introduced the experienced Julia White and recently married Orla Cotter to the action and White found the net for Cork’s fourth goal. Began registered Dublin’s only score of the second half, sending a free powerfully to the corner of the net.
As Dublin floundered Cork drove on with points from Katriona Mackey, Orla Cronin and Chloe Sigerson bringing proceedings to their conclusion on a day when the champions signalled they have no intention of relinquishing their title any day soon.
Scorers for Cork: O Cronin 1-5 (0-5 f), K Mackey 1-3, J White, L Collins 1-0 each, L Homan 0-2, P Mackey, A Thompson, L Collins, G O’Connor A O’Connor 0-1 each, C Sigerson 0-1 f.
Dublin: O Began 2-0 (1-0 f), E Flanagan, E McCarthy 0-1 each, S Kehoe 0-1 f.
CORK: A Murray; L O’Sullivan, L Treacy, N O’Callaghan; L Coppinger, P Mackey, C Sigerson; G O’Connor, A Thompson; L Collins, O Cronin, A O’Connor; H Looney, L Homan, K Mackey.
Subs: J White for L Coppinger (h-t), N McCarthy for L Collins (44), O Cotter for H Looney (47), O Cotter for H Looney (44), A Sheehan for L Treacy (52).
DUBLIN: F McCarthy; M O’Donoghue, A Carolan, E O’Byrne; H Hegarty, L Twomey, M Twomey; R Baker, E McCarthy; A Griffin, G Quinn, S Kehoe; E Flanagan, D Mullany, O Began.
Subs: M Moynihan for G Quinn (h-t), L Butler for E Flanagan (44).
Referee: Fintan McNamara (Clare).