Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-13
AFTER 57 minutes just five points separated Cork and Tipperary in CIT yesterday in the Rebels’ third Division 1 league outing of 2018.
The gap was 11 at the final whistle after St Vincent’s duo Amy O’Connor and Lauren Homan struck a goal each to knock the fight out of Tipp in the dying minutes.
The scoreboard up to the closing minutes didn’t reflect Cork’s superiority throughout the hour. They were well in control with two factors keeping Tipp in contention, their work ethic in defence and Cork’s final passing movement, letting them down at times.
Cork’s movement was very good but on occasion, the final pass was over or undershot. But it’s February and their flair and thought process was impressive.
After 57 minutes it looked as if Tipp would travel home with a respectable defeat.
A free-flowing game was again prevented by excessive use of the whistle, some misdemeanours so small we questioned what they were. As we enter another inter-county season one wonders for how much longer we as an association will allow this poor component of our game to continue.
Defensively Cork were well in control and from there started a fast-short passing game where two or three overlaps led to scores.
Up front Amy O’Connor was waltzing through the opposition, scoring and setting up scores. Linda Collins had Cork’s opening goal on 17 as she coolly finished a good Cork move well.
Cork led 1-10 to 0-8 at the break. Tipperary began to lose their shape during the third quarter. Cork’s defence were comfortably dealing with rare attacks as all over the field Cork seemed to have a numerical advantage as their overlapping play had Tipp at sixes and sevens.
Cáit Devane’s excellent contribution from placed balls kept Tipp in the hunt and in the final quarter they upped matters, calling on Aoife Murray and Maeve Cahalane to make two good saves.
But up stepped O’Connor and Homan to clinch two long-range goals which dipped the keeper and Cork were home and dry.
Scorers for Cork: A O’Connor 1-3, L Collins 1-2, L Homan 1-1, O Cotter 0-4 (0-2 f), H Looney 0-2, L Coppinger, A Sheehan O Cronin 0-1 each.
Tipperary: C Devane 0-11 (0-8 f, 0-1 pen), M Ryan, E Fryday 0-1 each.
CORK: A Murray; L O’Sullivan, L Treacy, M Cahalane; A Sheehan, L Coppinger, C Sigerson; A Thompson, O Cotter; A O’Connor, O Cronin, L Collins; H Looney, N McCarthy, L Homan.
Subs: J White for L Coppinger (46), P Mackey for C Sigerson (49).
TIPPERARY: C Bourke; J A Bourke, C Walsh, L Loughnane; E Loughman, K Kennedy, E Fryday; J Kelly, A McGrath; A Loughnane, M Ryan, K Linehan; S Fryday, C Devane, G O’Brien.
Subs: N Walsh for A Loughnane (42), M Campion for G O’Brien (48), C Quirke for E Loughman (49).
Referee: Fintan McNamara (Clare).