Galway hunger Satisfied

hunger Satisfied
. By Fr.Liam Kelleher

Galway 4-16 Cork 2-11.

Last year Galway suffered heavy defeats to Cork in the under
14 and 16 All-Ireland finals. They have lost the last 3
under 16 All-Ireland finals and it was obvious from the
word go in this All-Ireland semi Final played in excellent
conditions at Mungret in Limerick on Saturday that their
hunger was ravenous. They came at Cork in attacking waves
from the word go and never relented until the final whistle.
Not that Cork were not hungry, of course they were but Galway
were hungrier and simply better overall on the day. Galway
opened the scoring with 2 Rachel King points from frees
and a point from Niamh Fahy before Geraldine O’Flynn and
Siobhan Forde opened Corks account, then Cork had a glorious
goal chance which they spurned, the keeper Louise Morris
saved at point blank range, the inrushing Amanda Murphy
collided with her and was injured and played no further
part. This was a huge blow to Cork but despite the fact
that Galway were much stronger physically it was nip and
tuck for the remainder of the first half Una Carroll who
was a thorn in the side of Cork all afternoon, scored a
peach of a goal. There was virtual stalemate for 15 minutes
but in the 7 minutes before the break scores came thick
and fast. Sarah Cosgrave scored points in the 26th and 27th
minutes Rachel King added another on the 30th and Una Carroll
added 2 more on the 31 and 32nd minutes. Cork replied with
a point from Siobhan Forde after 25 minutes while Geraldine
O’Flynn gave Cork a real uplift with a goal in the 29th
minute and points in the 33rd and 34th minutes to leave
the half time score 1-8 to 1-5 in favour of Galway..


started of the 2nd half in equally determined fashion, scoring
early points from Sarah Cosgrave and Christine Reilly. Cork
who moved Geraldine O’Flynn to Full forward and Rena Buckley
to centre forward in an attempt to boost a flagging attack
replied with 2 points from Geraldine and Laura Harrington
but that was as near as they got. It was a case of robbing
Peter to pay Paul and when any Cork attack broke down Galway
punished them dearly with counter attacks, the decisive
goal came when Una Carroll who had restored Galway’s lead
to 4 points in the 9th minute careered through for a goal
and Galway never looked back. They did not score again until
the 17th minute and Cork did reduce the deficit to 5 points
with scores from Geraldine O’Flynn and Laura Harrington,
but Galway quickly replied with points from Rachel King
and outstanding centre back Nora Warde. A goal from Rena
Buckley and a point from Geraldine O’Flynn gave Cork hope
with just 4 points between the sides with 10 minutes to
go, but that was as good as it got for Cork and Galway were
completely on top for the remainder of the game, which yielded
scores with monotonous regularity. Galway were full value
for their win and it will take a very good team to deny
them a final win which has eluded them for the past 3 years.
They were very strong down the centre with Grainne Egan
Nora Warde Marian Brannelly Mary Hanley Niamh Fahy and Una
Carroll and their wingers did a tremendous amount of running.
Cork on the other hand only performed d in patches and were
never allowed into their usual free flowing rhythm by a
hard tackling Galway outfit.

Galway scorers Una Carroll 2-4 Sarah Cosgrave 1-4
Rachel King 0-5. Theola Moore 1-0 Niamh Fahy 0-1 Nora Warde
0-1 Anne Marie McDonagh 0-1.
Cork scorers Geraldine O’Flynn 1-6, Rena Buckley
1-0 Siobhan Forde 0-2 Laura Harrington 0-2 Noreen O’Farrell

Galway Louise Morris, Claire Molloy, Grainne Egan,
Nichola Fahy, Sinead Mulkerrins, Nora Warde, Catriona Cormican,
Marian Brannelly, Mary Hanley, Christina Reilly, Niamh Fahy
Capt, Cora Joyce, Sarah Cosgrove Una Carroll, Rachel King.
Evelyn Bermingham, Niamh Lohan, Ann Marie McDonagh, Louise
Crehan, Sinead Audley, Michelle Delaney, Sinead Nestor,
Theola Moore, Elaine O’Sullivan, Sarah Noone Roisin Gavin,
Sinead Egan Irena Larkin, Sile Burke, Corina Delaney.

Cork Orla Murphy, Cathy Ann Stack, Emma Dunne, Aine
O’Sullivan, Louise Coholan, Rena Buckley, Ciara Walsh, Laura
Power Laura Harrington, Carmel McCarthy, Geraldine O’Flynn,
, Amanda Murphy, Siobhan Forde, Lisa McSweeny, Noreen O’Farrell
Claire Daly, Margaret Murphy. Lisa Hennessy, Sarah Healy
Anita Thompson, Stacy Dawson, Yvonne Twomey, Michele Goggin,
Amanda Goggin Tara Buckley Yvonne Twomey.

Cavan win
The 2nd Semi Final was played at Pairc Tailteann in Navan
and Cavan scored a narrow win over Dublin on a scoreline
of 2-16 to 3-10

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