Rebellettes Keep Drive for Five Alive

EAMONN Ryan’s remarkable Cork are through to a tenth TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football final in eleven years.

The Rebelettes saw off Munster rivals Kerry by 13 points at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening to set up a September 27 clash with Dublin or Armagh.

29 August 2015; Bríd Stack, Cork, in action against Denise Hallissey, Kerry. TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Cork v Kerry, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

It will be Cork’s fifth successive final appearance as they go in search of a tenth Brendan Martin Cup success – and the five-in-a-row.

And this revenge victory over Kerry continues Cork’s brilliant record in the All-Ireland series over the past ten years.

In the past decade, Cork have lost just once in the All-Ireland competition – a quarter-final clash with Tyrone in 2010.

Two years ago, Cork lost the Munster final to Kerry but hit back to win the All-Ireland semi-final clash between the counties.

Unfortunately from Kerry’s perspective, history repeated itself here as Cork unloaded with an avalanche of second half scores.

Four points ahead at half-time, 2-5 to 0-7, Cork upped the ante after the break to blow Kerry away.

Valerie Mulcahy bagged her second goal midway through the half to put the end result beyond any doubt and sub Eimear Scally bagged Cork’s fourth goal late on.

And yet Kerry had been a point clear, 0-3 to 0-2, when Cork struck for their opening goal.

The Rebelettes pounced on Edel Murphy’s kickout to claim a vital score just moments after Valerie Mulcahy pulled a free wide.

Captain Ciara O’Sullivan was alive to the restart and as Kerry cheaply lost possession, she placed Áine O’Sullivan for an open goal.

Kerry’s response was good, however, and they remained very much in touch before Cork netted a second goal.

Three minutes before half-time, ace corner forward Valerie Mulcahy pulled a rabbit out of the hat when she deftly chipped Murphy.

That piece of individual genius put Cork 2-5 to 0-5 clear but Kerry scored a couple of cruciate late scores to remain in touch at the break.

Sarah Houlihan kicked two points approaching the interval and the final score of the half sailed over the bar just a few seconds before the half-time hooter.

Four points down at half-time, Kerry were still very much in the hunt but they will have been annoyed to concede two goals after working desperately hard early in the game to turn over Cork when the Leesiders looked to attack.

But Cork took over in the second half as Kerry had Emma Sherwood and Bernie Breen sinbinned.

Sherwood was followed to the line by Cork’s Ciara O’Sullivan and Kerry finished the game with 14 players when Breen was yellow-carded with six minutes left.

Cork finished the game with ten different scorers as Lorraine Scanlon and Sarah Houlihan battled valiantly to the finish for Kerry.

Ireland rugby star Louise Galvin came off the bench at half-time but could do little to stem Cork’s second half momentum.


Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 2-2 (0-1f), E Scally 1-2 (0-1f), A O’Sullivan 1-1, D O’Sullivan (1f) & A Hutchings 0-2 each, B Stack, R Buckley, C O’Sullivan, A Walsh & O Finn 0-1 each.


Scorers for Kerry: S Houlihan 0-4 (1f), L Scanlon 0-3, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh & P Dennehy 0-2 each, M O’Connell & L Galvin 0-1 each.


CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, A Barrett; V Foley, D O’Reilly, G O’Flynn; R Buckley, B Corkery; C O’Sullivan, A Hutchings, A Walsh; V Mulcahy, Á O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan.


Subs: E Scally for Á O’Sullivan (43), O Finn for Walsh (52), O Farmer for Hutchings (55), R Ní Bhuachalla for D O’Sullivan (56).


KERRY: E Murphy; G Crowley, A Desmond, A Leonard; C Kelly, C Lynch, M Quirke; B Breen, L Scanlon; E Sherwood, S Houlihan, D Hallissey; P Dennehy, M O’Connell, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.


Subs: L Rogers for Crowley (half-time), L Galvin for O’Connell (half-time), E O’Connor for Leonard (47), A Brosnan for Houlihan (55).


Referee: C McManus (Meath)

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