Cork unleash full power to shatter Laois


Cork unleash full power to shatter Laois


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Cork unleash full power to shatter Laois.

Cork 4-14 Laois 0-6

Cork travel into the home territory of  Laois on Saturday last, to continue the three in a row  All- Ireland dream. Their first concern though was to topple the local Ladies and progress to another TG4 final. They did so with consummate ease after a sluggish start and now they are just one hour away from treble glory. Who will meet them in the final will be awaited with anticipation, the likelihood it will be Mayo the only team to topple Cork in the last 3 years and should they meet what a showdown that would be. Tyrone of course will have other ideas and they have been impressive in the Championship to date, having had a very good win over Armagh in the quarter final.

Getting back to Saturdays game,  Cork soaked up the early Laois pressure,  mind you they could easily have gone  2 goals behind in the opening 2 minutes, First of all Eimear Fitzpatrick shot the opening point, with the goal at her mercy . Laois won the ball from the kick out and when Tracy Lawlor flicked the ball past Elaine Harte,  Ciara Walsh came across,  with a timely interception to prevent  a certain goal. Having weathered that storm and everything Laois threw at them, Cork took over.  It took a tremendous run from player of the match Briege Corkery, who came up from the back to shoot  Cork’s opening point in the 9th minute and  that was the signal for Cork to up the ante. The decisive goal came from Deirdre O’Reilly, who is enjoying an exceptional strike rate from her corner forward position. Valerie Mulcahy back to her brilliant best, fisted another with a deft touch, from Briege Corkery’s cross. Laois were now in disarray and never recovered from these 2 body blows. And while they did add 3 points before the break  to trail 2-7 to 0-4 thy still had a hill to climb. That hill became a mountain,  soon after then break. Cork replaced Norita Kelly with Amanda Murphy, who slotted into the forward line while Deirdre O’Reilly moved to midfield. They continued their forward momentum, first it was Laura Mc Mahon who waltzed through the Laois defence to score a goal,  emulating the feat of her brother Kevin who did likewise against Meath. This was followed by another  from Valerie  Mulcahy, who displayed her  silken soccer skills before dispatching to the net. Cork never let up and scored points at will, from Amanda Murphy, Mary O’Connor Juliet Murphy and Nollaig Cleary. What was impressive, was the form displayed by the entire Cork team. Strong assured and composed in a defence marshalled by Angela Walsh and Brid Stack  dominant in midfield and lethal in attack, that is a cocktail that  is very  difficult to stop.  Cork did miss some goal chances,  2 in  particular from Nollaig Cleary,  but she has returned to her devastating best with her incisive runs so  exciting to watch. Another noteworthy point, is that Cork had 8 different players on the score sheet and that is most encouraging.

Cork Elaine Harte, Ciara Walsh, Angela Walsh, Rena Buckley. Briege Corkery, 0-2 Brid Stack, Linda Barrett. Norita Kelly. Juliet Murphy 0-3.Nollaig Cleary, 0-3 Laura McMahon, 1-0 Geraldine O’Flynn, Valerie Mulcahy, 2-2 Mary O’Connor,  0-2 Deirdre O’Reilly 1-0. Subs used Amanda Murphy, 0-2 Mairead Kelly,  Rhona Buckley


Special deal for clubs for TG4 All-Ireland final

Each club will receive 10 Complimentary tickets upon a group order.

Group Rates ( for U16’s) min 10  as follows:

€5 per person plus 1 adult @ €5 per group of 10.

All group tickets to be booked in advance from the Office

Family tickets 2 adults @ €25 each 2 children @ €5 each.

Normal prices Adults €25

Students / OAP €10

Under 14 € 8

All schools & clubs that avail of Group Rates will be entered into a prize draw.

1st A full set of gear – jerseys , socks & shorts.

2nd A set of Jerseys

3rd 10 O’Neills Footballs

4th 5 O’Neill Footballs

Counties where Central receive  orders  from 10 clubs or more will have those clubs entered into a separate draw where one club will get cheque refunded


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