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12th, May, 2013
Mighty Rebels claim 7th League Title
Cork 0-14 Mayo 0-7
Cork claimed their 7th National League Title in the Tesco Homegrown Division 1 Final in Parnell Park on Saturday 11th May with a determined team performance that was just too powerful for Mayo on the day.
Having suffered defeat at the hands of Monaghan in the 2012 decider the Cork girls showed with their high work rate that they were determined not to come back to Leeside empty handed on this occasion.
Playing against a strong breeze in the first half it was the Rebels who seized the early initiative with an opening score from Rhona Ní Bhuachalla after 5 minutes. Geraldine O’ Flynn soon added another for Cork before Mayo’s Cora Staunton opened her account. Cork continued to press and both Valarie Mulcahy and then Angela Walsh were denied goals by excellent saves by Mayo’s Goalkeeper “Player Of the Match” Yvonne Byrne. With goals proving very difficult to secure on the day Cork kept the scoreboard moving with points from Geraldine O’ Flynn and Orla Finn stretching their lead out to 3 points as Cork continued to dominate the game.
A second point from Mayo’s Cora Staunton who was having a difficult day from a well marshalled Cork defence kept the Westerners in touch. A pointed free from Valarie Mulcahy edged Cork’s lead back out to three as the first half approached the twenty minute mark.
As the clock wound down towards half time Mayo raised the tempo and enjoyed their best period of the game scoring three unanswered points, one from Cora Staunton and two from young corner forward Sarah Rowe to square the match at 0-5 each at half time.
Despite playing against the breeze in the second half it was the Mayo side who raised the first white flag of the when Captain Fiona McHale pointed to put the Westerners in front for the first and only time of the contest.
Another pointed free from Valarie Mulcahy tied the game as Cork began to regain control of proceedings. On a day when the windy conditions and the tigerish defending by both teams made scores hard to come by Cork opened up a commanding lead by the midway point of the half with two points from Orla Finn and a point each for Rhona Ní Bhuachalla and Doireann Ó Sullivan stretching the Rebels to four as the game enter the final quarter.
A Cora Staunton free cut the lead to just three points. Mayo rallied once more as Cork’s Valarie Mulcahy and Emma Farmer were once again denied goals by fine saves from Mayo’s Yvonne Byrne as the Rebels could not raise the green flag they needed to kill off the Mayo challenge.
With the Cork defence holding firm under the Mayo challenge the outcome of the contest was finally decided when Cork closed out the match with two points from Valarie Mulcahy followed by points from Geraldine O’ Flynn and Angela Walsh to seal a well earned 7th National League Title in nine years for this remarkable group of players.
Congratulations the Team and Management on another fantastic League Title success and to Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley who capped off a fantastic week capturing National League Football and Camogie Honours with Cork.
E. Harte, A.M. Walsh, B. Stack, A. Barrett, B. Corkery, D. O’ Reilly, G. Ó Flynn (0-3), Annie Walsh, R. Buckley, O. Farmer, Angela Walsh (0-1), O. Finn (0-3) , V. Mulcahy ( 0-4), R. Ní Bhuachalla (0-2), D. Ó Sullivan (0-1)
Subs – N. Cleary for R. Ní Bhuachalla, E. Farmer for D. Ó Sullivan, V. Foley for A. Barrett