Cork match-winner White: I saw Black and Amber coming towards me and I just hit it

Cork match-winner White: I saw Black and Amber coming towards me and I just hit it
Julia White wins the All-Ireland. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

PLAYED two, won one and drew one are the stats from Cork’s day out at Croker yesterday.

The intermediate side had a close tussle with Meath all through their encounter and will be glad to get the chance to do it all again.

They were superb in the first-half, but will know their second-half display wasn’t up to the high standards they expect from themselves. In that half, they only scored two points, with Meath scoring 1-3 to see it end 1-9 each, with the replay set for October 1.

On the plus side for the senior side was the fact that unlike last year, they weren’t going out after a Cork team had been beaten. Of course, you can say they have to shut it out, but with a number of the girls down as subs on the senior side, that isn’t easy.

For a long time it looked like it was going to be the same for the seniors before Julia White popped up with the winning score, in the 66th minute, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Afterwards, Julia said she didn’t remember much about it, only that it went over the bar.

“I don’t remember much, to be honest, I remember striking the ball and it going over the bar. I couldn’t remember who passed it to me and Katrina Mackey reminded me afterwards that it was her. But I don’t remember that all I can remember is seeing the black and yellow coming towards me and I decided to hit it and thankfully it went over.

“But it’s all about the rest of the team and the way they played, I was only on for a few minutes. Gemma got an unbelievable point to equalise.

“If the game had ended there it would be her that everybody would be talking about. But it’s not just about one player, we are a panel and there were some great scores before that for others as well so everybody should be remembered for their contribution, not just today but right through the championship,” concluded Julia.

So the O’Duffy Cup will be making its way to Leeside tonight, with the team expected outside the Imperial Hotel around 7.30pm.

An appeal has gone out to ask fans to turn out to welcome the team home, it’s the least they deserve.

Julia White celebrates scoring the winning point in injury time. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Julia White celebrates scoring the winning point in injury time. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

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