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Cork ladies football By Fr. Liam Kelleher

Cork take points without a contest

The Cork B team collected their 3rd brace of points in Division 3 of the Suzuki National league without kicking a ball, when Laois were unable to field their 2nd string team for the fixture at Kildorrery on Sunday. While 3 points are welcome at any stage, the Cork girls needed the match in preparation for their crunch game against Galway on Sunday next.

The Senior A team had a week-end off and on Saturday they face Sligo in the 3rd series of games in the league. Saturdays fixture will enable the Cork selectors to try out a few more players as they they continue to build up a strong squad with the championship in mind. Cork will be minus the services of the Donoughmore and Rockbán players, both clubs will be in action at the Paudi O Sé invitational tournament in Dingle. Cork have shown up well in their 2 previous league games scoring comprehensive victories over Wexford and Cavan and Saturdays game even though with an under strength team, will be eagerly awaited.

Schools competitions.

Apart from the exploits of Boherbue comprehensive school, when it comes to Ladies football at Post Primary level ,Cork have been the poor relations down through the years. While Coachford Community School did capture the Munster C Senior title last year, there has been little silverware to show at a higher level. Munster and All-Ireland Junior and Senior competition have been dominated by Coláiste Na Sceilge Caherciveen who have captured the Munster and All-Ireland crowns for the past 2 years. This year they lost their Junior crowns when they were defeated by St Marys’ Macroom in a thrilling game on Thursday last.

St Marys; Macroom back boned by players from the St Vals and Naomh Abán clubs have been making steady progress. Last year they lost out to the Kerry girls in the final but this year inspired by Briege Corkery they had their revenge on a scoreline of 1-12 to 2-07, in a thrilling game of football which was a magnificent advertisement for the game. Whatever happens now the title is sure to come to Cork, with Beara Community School and Loretto Fermoy, due to play the other Semi-final on the 6th of March. With many of their Junior squad the Macroom girls will face their Kerry rivals again in the Senior final which is down for decision on the 27th of March.

In the Senior B St Marys Midleton have been going great guns. Lucky to be in the competition after being slotted in at a late stage, they have been very impressive in all their games scoring comprehensive wins over St Als Carrigthowill, St Mary’s Mallow and a big win, despite a number of players being ill, over St Declans Community School Kilmacthomas on a scoreline of 4-11 to 1-02. They play Intermediate school Killorglin in the final this Wednesday. Their squad is primarily made up of players from Inch Rovers, Midleton and Aghada clubs and they contain many players with Cork experience at under age, Junior and Senior level. Sisters Angela and Ciara Walsh, Annie Walsh, Anne Marie Walsh, Paula Walsh, Kareina Richards, Claire Fenton and Ciara O’Sullivan. Provided many of the players who were struck low by a flu bug last week, have recovered they should make a bold bid to collect Munster honours.

At Junior level St Marys’s Mallow with many of the Successful Morneabbey club players, contest the Junior B final against Pres Killarney. So all in all it has been a great campaign all round for Cork schools this year. In the recent Co Junior C final Pres Mitchelstown defeated Mercy Heights Skibereen on a scoreline of 2-04 to 0-0-5

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