Rebels avenged loss to claim Division 2 camogie title

Rebels avenged loss to claim Division 2 camogie title
Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Cork 0-8

Westmeath 1-4

CORK managed to reverse their group defeat to Westmeath to win the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 2 title for the second year in a row.

It went down to the wire however, as Pamela Greville’s 24th minute goal from a 20m free gave the Lakesiders real hope having fallen five points behind.

The Raharney sharpshooter followed up with a pointed free in the next attack to reduce the gap to the minimum but try as they might, Westmeath could not find the equaliser.

The game was a cagey one, to the extent that while Westmeath only managed a point in the opening period, despite the threat of Sheila McGrath up front, they still trailed by just three at the break.

Their score came from a Greville free in the 10th minute, after Caroline Sugrue opened the scoring for the Rebels.

Cork's Rachel O'Shea and Laura Doherty of Westmeath. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane
Cork's Rachel O'Shea and Laura Doherty of Westmeath. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

The emphasis was very much on not conceding at both ends and Fiona Leavy was outstanding for Westmeath but Cork created more opportunities, Katelyn Hickey, Keeva McCarthy and Rachel O’Shea (free) giving them a 0-4 to 0-1 interval lead.

Cork's Sarah Buckley, Leah Weste, Sarah Harrington and Finola Neville. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane
Cork's Sarah Buckley, Leah Weste, Sarah Harrington and Finola Neville. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

McCarthy was very unlucky not to add a goal but her effort struck the crossbar and Westmeath were able to clear.

Westmeath failed to score from play — while Aoife Kavanagh and Rachel O’Shea were among the Cork attackers showing a voracious appetite to prevent Westmeath’s half-back line sending quality ball towards their forwards.

Sugrue and Greville exchanged scores but when McCarthy (45) and substitute Kate Wall found the target, they were in a strong position. And though Greville found the target from another free, Hickey’s second point restored what was a healthy advantage in the context of this game.

It was difficult to imagine that Westmeath could turn it around.

They are a tenacious bunch however and redoubled their efforts, keeping Cork scoreless for the remainder of the game and almost reeling their opponents in.

Scorers for Cork: C Sugrue, K Hickey, K McCarthy (0-1 45) 0-2 each; R O’Shea (f), K Hickey, K Wall 0-1 each.

Westmeath: P Greville 1-4 f.

CORK: A Lee, L Weste, S Harrington, N O’Callaghan, S Hutchinson, J Barry, Katie McCarthy, L Callanan, S Buckley, R O’Shea, K Hickey, A Kavanagh, Keeva McCarthy, R O’Callaghan, C Sugrue.

Subs: K Wall for McCarthy (44), R Keane for Sugrue (60).

WESTMEATH: F Keating, S King, A Higgins, L Doherty, A Cully, F Leavy, Sandra McGrath, C McCrossan, M Scally, M McCormack, D McGrath, M Dowdall, M Scally, P Greville, Sheila McGrath.

Sub: H Core for McCrossan (31).

Referee: J McDonagh (Galway).

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