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5th, May, 2013
Cork retain Munster Minor Championship with impressive victory over Kerry
Cork 3-17 Kerry 4-9
An impressive second half display of point scoring and teamwork saw Cork Minors retain their Munster Title in impressive fashion in Ahamilla, Clonakilty on Sat 4th May.
Playing with the advantage of a strong wind in the opening half Kerry got off to a dream start finding the Cork net with their opening attack from the throw in.
The early set back did not unsettle the Cork girls as they gradually got their game going with a pointed free opening their account. Two further points from the Kingdom stretched their lead to four but with the Cork attack beginning to get motoring the Rebels were unlucky not to bag their first goal when a shot came back off the underside of the crossbar when a goal looked certain. The attacks kept coming as Cork began to gain the ascendency around the middle sector with a goal and a point from Cork regaining parity by the end of the first quarter.
With Cork's running game and good interplay causing the Kingdom defence some problems Cork were awarded a penalty when full forward Laura Crowley was fouled as she got on the end of a fine passing move and looked certain to score. Eire Óg's Eimear Scally stepped up and coolly slotted home to give Cork the lead for the first time in the match.
The Kerry girls responded well scoring some fine points from distance as the first half contest swung one way then the other. When the half time whistle sounded the sides were level with Cork on 2-5 to Kerry's 1-8 but the Rebel Camp would have been happy to be turning into the second half with the wind at their backs and the game all square.
Like their Kerry counterparts in the first half Cork had a dream start to the second half when Doireann O' Sullivan cut through the Kerry defence to score a decisive third goal to give the Rebels the momentum they needed right from the off.
With the bit firmly between their teeth the Rebels seized the initiative scoring some excellent points from play to stretch their lead to eight points with Kerry struggling to stay in touch. A Kerry goal briefly raised the prospect of a Kingdom fightback but Cork were in no mood to surrender their lead as they responded with some great points from play to put the contest beyond the Kerry girls as the game entered the closing stages.
Kerry were rewarded with two late goals as they fought bravely to the end but Cork were deserving winners with the final whistle sounding with the score at 3-17 to 4-9.
M. O' Sullivan (Mourneabbey), M. Duggan (Dohenys), S. Cotter (St. Vals), M. Ambrose (St. Vals), R. Sheehan (Carrigtwohill) J. Quinn (Clonakilty), A. Crowley (St. Vals), M. O' Callaghan (Mourneabbey), C. O' Callaghan (Gabriel Rangers), E. Scally (Eire Óg), D. O' Sullivan (Mourneabbey), A. Dineen (Gabriel Rangers), C. Byrne (St. Vals), L. Crowley (Rockbán), A. Buckley (Donoughmore)
J. O' Sullivan (St. Vals), E. Crowley (Liscarroll), O. Healy (Donoughmore), E. Carey (Watergrasshill), A. Hickey (Bishopstown), J. Dennehy (Boherbue), L. Fitzgerald (Mourneabbey), J. Tyner (Kinsale), A. Heffernan(Watergrasshill), D. Nic A Bhaird (Eire Óg), L. O' Brien (Douglas), A. Coakley (Bantry), C. Fouhy (Watergrasshill), M. Corkery (St. Vals), M. O' Callaghan (Mourneabbey)
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