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Cork open Suzuki National League campaign


open Suzuki National League campaign


It was Valerie Mulcahy who illuminated Rathcool
in the first round of the Suzuki National League
on Saturday. With a tally of 2-4 the Kingdom couldn’t
contain the recently crowned All-Star however
it was the overall team performance that impressed
the mass of supporters. Possession was shared
in the first quarter with Kerry’s Sarah O’Connor
grabbing 1-1 within three minutes from the throw
Cork then settled with a point from Mairead Kelly
and a perfectly placed ball by Briege Corkery
into the hands of Amanda Murphy saw the ball driven
to the back of the net. The sides were now level
but O’Connor slipped through the Cork defence
to notch her second goal on the 20minute to put
the visitors in front. Katie Gleeson and Grainne
Ni Fhlatharta were on form for Kerry but a second
jersey pulling on Mulcahy saw her awarded a penalty
which was accurately struck into the bottom right
corner. Cork began to deliver the goods up front
and at half time led 2-5 2-3.
The Kingdom started the better but Juliet Murphy
and Norita Kelly overshadowed the Kerry midfield.
Any glimpse of an attack was quickly broken down
by the Cork half back line of Angela Walsh, Briege
Corkery and Ciara Walsh. New additions to the
squad worked a treat for Manager Mary Collins
as Caoimhe Creedon set up three goal scoring opportunities
for her side while corner forward Deirdre O’Reilly
also impressed.
Sarah O’Connor was repositioned to centre forward
for Kerry but was now contained by Beara’s Laura
Power. Valerie Mulcahy initiated Corks purple
patch with a cracking goal on the 44minute, followed
by goals from sisters Sinead and Deirdre O’Reilly.
Kerry attempted one last attack but it was to
no avail. It was evident from the out start that
Cork were streets ahead of where they were this
time last season. They looked physically stronger,
were more economical with the ball and most noticeably
combined better offensively.
Kerry did miss the injured Kasey O’Driscoll and
as a result were over reliant on Sarah O’Connor
and Geraldine O’Shea to get scores. Cork however
had seven on the score sheet, including a great
point from full back Brid Stack. All-Ireland junior
champions Kildare however will be tougher opponents
in Round two of the Suzuki National League which
is scheduled for Sunday next in Glanworth. Ex
Cork senior footballer John Courtney manages the
Kildare ladies in this their first year in Division
1 and will surely be a cracking contest.

for Cork:

V Mulcahy 2-4 (1-0p, 0-1f), A Murphy 1-2, S O’Reilly
and D O’Reilly 1-0each, M Kelly, G O’Flynn and
B Stack 0-1each.
Scorers for Kerry:
S O’Connor 2-2 (0-1f), G O’Shea 0-3 (0-1f).
E Harte, N Keohane, B Stack, L Power, B Corkery,
A Walsh, C Walsh, J Murphy (c), N Kelly, V Mulcahy,
M Kelly, D O’Reilly, S O’reilly, C Creedon, A
Murphy. Subs: R Buckley for A Walsh (36), G O’Flynn
for M Kelly (36), C O’Donoughue for E Harte (52),
S O’Callaghan for A Murphy (54), N Kelly for B
Stack (54).
C O’Connor, G O’Malley, G Ni Fhlatharta, J Murnane,
K Gleeson, E O’Connell, R Ni Chinneide, C Kelly,
J Murphy, S Delaney, S O’Connor, P Dennehy (c),
G O’Shea, K Kenneally, N Fealey. Subs: D Corridon
for S Delaney (51). Referee: M Walsh (Limerick)

Wides 12
Frees 17
Goals 5
Points 9
Yellow Cards 0
Red Cards 0
Wides 4
Frees 12
Goals 2
Points 5
Yellow Cards 1
Red Cards 0


Scores were hard to come by for the Cork juniors
in yesterdays Suzuki National League battle with
Wexford. The visitors opened the scoring and continued
to dominate for the half with scores from Caroline
Murphy and Leona Tectar. Corks Emma Harrington
however snatched a superb goal on the 28minute
and things looked brighter. The Rebels were far
superior in the second and goalkeeper Mairead
O’Sullivan was excellence personified between
the posts. At midfield Annie Walsh rallied the
troops further but it was to little to late for
Cork who play Clare in Round 2 next Sunday at

for Cork:

S Power 0-2 (frees), E Harrington 1-0, C O’Sullivan
0-1, T Lucey 0-1.
Scorers for Wexford:
C Murphy 0-5 (0-4f), L Tectar 1-2 (0-1f), T Walsh,
J Dwyer and M Hearne 0-1each.
M O’Sullivan, J Hennessy, R Cogan, E Cotter, T
Galvin, AM Walsh, B Wiseman, C O’Sullivan, A Walsh
(c), E Harrington, S Power, L Harrington, C Hickey,
N Hickey, L Moynihan. Subs: T Lucey for C Hanley
(HT) and N Healy for L Moynihan (HT).
N Scully, L Corrigan, L O’Grady, C O’Brien, M
Doyle, N Scallon, H Nugent, M Hearne, M Leary,
L Kent, L Tectar, T Walsh, J Dwyer, M Quill, C
Murphy (c). Referee: M Walsh (Limerick)

Wides 7
Frees 16
Goals 1
Points 4
Yellow Cards 1
Red Cards 0
Wides 13
Frees 15
Goals 1
Points 10
Yellow Cards 0
Red Cards 0


A FUNdamentals ladies football Level 1 coaching
course organised by Cork Ladies Football will
take place on Saturday February 19th in the Cork
Institute of Technology from 9.30am-3.30pm.
For more information on the course log on to www.ladiesgaelic.ie.

The course is open to all and places are going
fast so book now by sending €30 to Mary White,
Ballyphilip, White’s Cross, Co Cork and include
a contact telephone number or alternatively email


The Cork Sports Partnership are carrying out courses
in relation to Children and the Code of Ethics
for those involved with children in sport. All
clubs must now appoint a ‘Childrens Officer’ who
has completed the Code of Ethics Course.
For more information log onto www.ccslp.com. Courses:
Skibbereen, Mon Feb 7th 6.30-10.30pm; Kinsale,Tues
Feb 1st 6 – 10pm; Fermoy, Weds Feb 16th 7-9pm
& Thurs Feb 17th 7-9pm. Telephone: 021-4800960
or email: info@cclsp.com for more information.



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