Cork make it 4 Munster under 16 titles in a row

Cork make it 4 Munster under 16 titles in a row, By Fr.
Liam Kelleher
Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-4.

In ideal conditions at the Fraher field in Dungarvan on Wednesday
evening Cork scored a comprehensive victory over Waterford
to make it 4 titles on the trot. While the score was very
much tilted in Cork’s favour, Waterford put up a brave battle
and had Cork rattled on occasions during the first half. Cork’s
ability to score points saw them retire at the interval with
a comfortable 1-12 to 1-1 cushion. That scoreline was built
on a solid foundations from the back a solid centre field
and great displays, particularly from Amanda Murphy and Laura
Harrington up front.

Cork raced into an early lead and found scores difficult to
come by after that, and when Waterford hit them with a fine
goal, when Caoimhe Downey found the net from close range giving
excellent keeper Orla Murphy no chance, it really put it up
to the rebel girls. They responded in magnificent fashion,
when Amanda Murphy was at the end of an excellent movement,
to dispatch her 2nd goal to the net.

All the good football was played in the opening half and despite
an early revival from Waterford in the opening period of the
2nd half, Cork again took over and coasted for the remainder
of the game and were never seriously tested. Cork won this
game well because they had exceptionally exceptional players
in Orla Murphy, Anita Thompson, Laura Power, Amada Murphy
and Laura Harrington in particular and all the other players
played their part with totally committed performances.

While it is too early yet to think about All-Ireland success,
the team is now just 2 steps away. One thing is certain it
will take an exceptional performance from future opponents
to topple them.

What of Waterford? The final score does not do justice to
their efforts. Their keeper Amy Martin made a few great stops,
Gillian McGrath gave a wholehearted display at fullback, upfront
Louise Ryan and Caoimhe Downey showed some nice touches but
they were well policed by the tenacious Cork defenders. Not
surprisingly Amada Murphy was named player of the match. Referee
Willie O’Mahony did an excellent job implementing the rules
with fair play and common sense and this made for a free flowing

Cork scorers: Amanda Murphy 2-6. Laura Power 0-4 Laura
Harrington 0-3. Linda Barrett 0-2. Emma Coomey 0-1. Deirdre
Cotter 0-1 Rhona Buckley 0-1
Waterford. Caoimhe Downey, 1-1 Kerry Dunphy 0-1, Louise
Ryan 0-1. Sinead Ryan 0-1.

Cork: Orla Murphy, Cathy Ann Stack, Anita Thompson,
Aine B O’Sullivan, Louis Coholan, Claire O”Leary, Roisin O’Sullivan,
Laura Powe, Siobhan Forde, capt, Laura Harrington, Amanda
Murphy, Jenny Luddy, Emma Coomey, Rhona Buckley, Linda Barrett.
Geraldine Rea, Sarah Barry, NoelleCorkery, Deirdre Cotter,
Aoife Coughlan, Sinead Heelan, Tracy Mullane, Patricia Murphy,
Sinead O’Brein, Emer O’Donovan, Aine G O’Sullivan, Vicki Power,
Michelle Twohig, Yvonne Twomey, Anna Ward.

Waterford: Amy Martin, Ainmee Jordan, Gillian McGrath,
Kate Kirwan, Michelle Allen, Lenny Kirwan, Julia Kirwin, Kerry
Dunphy, Stacey Whelan, Marguerita McCarthy, Louise Ryan Capt,
Mairead Wall, Caoimhe Downey, Clodagh McGovern, CristianO’Connell.
Aoife Nagle, Kate Feeeny, Nora Dunphy, Louise Pender, Michaela
O’Grady, Lynne Marie Grant. Rosie Clancy, Katie Power, Sibilant
Nielsen, Catherine Power, Gillian Forewent, Sinead Ryan, Eibhlis

Fr. Liam Kelleher 087-8516984

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