Orla's 10-point tally helped rampant Cork Finn-ish off Tribe to reach seventh All-Ireland semi-final in a row

Orla's 10-point tally helped rampant Cork Finn-ish off Tribe to reach seventh All-Ireland semi-final in a row
Cork's Orla Finn wiith Lisa Gannon of Galway. Picture: INPHO/Donall Farmer

HAVING played with an illness during the All-Ireland qualifier against Monaghan two weeks ago, Kinsale's Orla Finn was obviously back to full health on Saturday against Galway, with 10 points to her name.

The All-Star winner missed two frees in the opening quarter but never dropped her head, adding four more and six from play to help Cork reach their seventh successive All-Ireland semi-final, this time against Mayo.

"We worked very hard from the get-go, and we just popped off a few scores at the end of the first-half and that set us up then for the second.

"The goals stood to us in the end and they gave us a bit of confidence, so we drove on from there once we got them," admitted the Player of the Match winner in the aftermath of the game.

"We didn't really put in a good scoring performance against Monaghan so it was something that we definitely concentrated on during the last two weeks.

"Against Monaghan we weren't at our best and our backs really carried us through that day, so from that point of view we were very much focused in trying to put in a big performance up front.

"As a unit we had to go out and show what we can do, and play as a team and that's exactly what we did."

Having trailed 1-1 to 0-7 after 15 minutes, Finn contributed five points in Cork's epic 2-9 unanswered streak, while she also assisted Niamh Cotter for Cork's second goal on the 23rd minute, to see an incredible 17-point turnaround at half-time.

"I don't know how it all happened, but we just drove on. We were against the wind in the first-half so we had to work that little bit harder, and we just made sure that we looked up all the time to try and find the person in the best position and that's really what it boiled down to.

"It's a nice wide pitch and as a forward I love wide pitches, and we're lucky that we created a lot of space for ourselves in the second-half. We worked the lines and took our scores when they came so we're delighted now to have got back into another semi-final," she added.

Orla Finn is presented with her player of the match award by LGFA President Marie Hickey. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Orla Finn is presented with her player of the match award by LGFA President Marie Hickey. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Finn and Scally will be eagerly watched by Mayo when the sides meet in the second senior All-Ireland semi-final on September 2, with Dublin and Munster champions Kerry doing battle next weekend in the first semi-final. That game will be broadcast live on TG4 at 6.30pm.

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