'I can't recall when a Cork senior camogie team last scored 17 points in a half'

'I can't recall when a Cork senior camogie team last scored 17 points in a half'

Niamh McCarthy, Cork, skips away from Muireann Creamer, Limerick, in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie game at Páirc Uí Rinn. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Cork 1-27

Limerick 0-11

THIS Cork performance, last Saturday, in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Group 2 second round, against Limerick, was one of their best in a long time.

They obliterated Limerick with magnificent point-scoring. While Limerick were poor, Cork were on fire.

Cork played it fast, long, and often diagonally, splitting Limerick wide open. I can’t recall the last time Cork struck 17 points in a half, and 14 of those came from play. They finished with 1-27.

Orla Cotter was magnificent, her first touch making it all look so easy. She scored seven opening-half points, four from play. Orla Cronin, Amy O’Connor, Katrina Mackey, Hannah Looney and Ashling Thompson also picked off top-class points. Cork were cruising at the break.

Orla Cotter, Cork, shoots despite the efforts of Judith Mulcahy, Limerick. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Orla Cotter, Cork, shoots despite the efforts of Judith Mulcahy, Limerick. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

In an open, expansive game on the excellent Páirc Uí Rinn pitch, Cork were in full flow. These conditions suit them best. Cork’s defence were composed and strong, with Gemma O’Connor, Laura Treacy, and Chloe Sigerson dominating the half-back line. They worked the ball out well, only using the hand pass to get out of trouble. The ball was delivered long, with Aishling Thompson prominent in midfield.

Orla Cotter lined out at right corner-forward, but pulled out as a third midfielder/half-forward as soon as the ball was thrown in, leaving Niamh McCarthy and Hannah Looney as a two-player full-forward line. Such was the speed at which Cork attacked and switched the play, it wasn’t crowded out on the 40, where player-of-the-match, Cotter, lorded it.

Cork’s confidence is growing. Amy O’Connor and Orla Cronin hit some lovely scores, alongside Katrina Mackey, who struck 1-5. O’Connor’s speed caused consternation. Orla Cronin, after having a great day out against Tipperary, got four excellent points. Hannah Looney’s strength at full-forward proved too much for Limerick. 

Five of Cork’s forwards got on the scoreboard. If I was to be picky, the one concern is that Cork didn’t score a few goals, with all their possession. Katrina Mackey scored the one almost on full-time, after two first-half chances went abegging. Amy made a brilliant run through, but her hand pass was blocked. And a Hannah Looney shot across goal went narrowly wide, as Niamh McCarthy just missed getting a touch to it. 

But 27 points is a fantastic return, 19 of them from play. With two wins from two Cork are on their way to a semi-final spot. They play Wexford at home, next Saturday, in round three.

Scorers for Cork: O Cotter 0-11 (0-6 f), K Mackey 1-5, O Cronin 0-4, A O’Connor 0-4, H Looney 0-2, A Thompson 0-1.

Limerick: N Mulcahy 0-7 (0-6 f), R Delee, O Curtin, C Costelloe, C Lane 0-1 each.

CORK: A Murray; L O’Sullivan, R Buckley, M Cahalane; L Treacy, G O’Connor, C Sigerson; L Coppinger, A Thompson; A O’Connor, O Cronin, K Mackey; H Looney, N McCarthy, O Cotter.

Subs: P Mackey for C Sigerson (51).

LIMERICK: L O’Neill; F Hickey, M Creamer, S McNamara; N Ryan, S Carey, J Mulcahy; K O’Leary, C Costelloe; D Murphy, R Delee, N Mulcahy; A Scanlan, O Curtin, D Egan.

Subs: M Fitzgerald for N Ryan (33), C Lane for A Scanlan (47), M Quaid for F Hickey (49), N Curtin for O Curtin (54).

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