The Cork Camogie team won the Liberty Insurance Senior All-Ireland title a few weeks ago, beating Kilkenny 2-12 to 1-9 in Croke Park on Sunday September 14th following a storming second half-display.
Cork’s Aoife Murray made a fabulous save from a Michelle Quilty shot in the seventh minute with Katie Power pivotal in the build up for the game’s first big chance. However, Cork couldn’t stop Kilkenny for long as Quilty was successful 11 minutes later for the game’s opening goal. Denise Gaule added three points for the Cats while Orla Cotter and Eimear O’Sullivan were on target to keep Cork in touch with the Leinster side going into the break 1-6 to 0-4 ahead.
Cork’s Jenny O’Leary admitted the women from Munster talked about their first half showing during the interval. “I don’t know if the occasion got to us or our heads were in our boots but we just said at half time that we’d worked too hard and we weren’t going to let it behind us,” said the left half forward.
O’Leary was central to Cork’s revival, scoring a goal that saw the two sides level in the 41st minute. By now Cork had shown a new level of intensity particularly in defence where they began to show their physical presence. This in turn allowed players like Briege Corkery, Julia White and Orla Cotter to exert pressure which ultimately turned into points down the other end. Cork really pushed on after O’Leary’s goal and although Emma Kavanagh performed heroics in goal to keep Kilkenny in touch, points from Corkery and Cotter plus a very late goal from Angela Walsh was enough to see the O’Duffy cup make its way south for the first time since 2009.
Cork: O Cotter: 0-6(4fs); J O’Leary 1-1; A Walsh 1-0; B Corkery 0-2; E O’Sullivan, J White, K Mackey 0-1 each
Kilkenny: D Gaule 0-5(4fs); M Quilty 1-1; C Dormer, S Farrell, K Power 0-1 each
CORK: A Murray, J O’Callaghan, A Geary, L Tracey, E O’Sullivan, G O’Connor, P Mackey, R Buckley, A Thompson, J O’Leary, A Walsh, B Corkery, J White, O Cotter, K Mackey. Sub: J Casey for O’Leary (60+2)
KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, M Power, K McDonald, J Frisby, C Phelan, C Dormer, E Aylward, L Fennelly, A Dalton, D Gaule, A Dunphy, A Connery, S Farrell, K Power, M Quilty. Subs: M Walsh for Connery (44), A Neary for Farrell (53), E Keane for Fennelly (56)
REFEREE: J Dolan (Clare)