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21st, Jul, 2013
Cork outgunned by Galway in Minor All Ireland Semi Final
Cork 4-7 Galway 3-17
Cork’s dreams of reaching the All Ireland Minor Final decider on the August Bank Holiday were shattered when they had no answer to the powerful running game of an impressive Galway side in a high scoring All Ireland Semi Final played in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Saturday 20th July.
In a contest played in glorious sunshine the heat made playing conditions difficult for both sides but the Rebels settled well with two early goals from Laura Crowley in the opening ten minutes as the Galway defence struggled to cope with a Cork attack in which Doirean O’ Sullivan, Eimear Scally and Laura Crowley were prominent.
The introduction of their impressive Centre Back Nicola Ward who was named but didn’t start settled the Galway girls as their forwards began to find their range.
The sides continued to swap scores as the half progressed but the Cork forwards were having to work harder to create scoring opportunities against a Galway defence that was beginning to get on top of their Rebel counterparts.
When the half time whistle sounded just one point separated the sides with the Galway girls leading by 1-9 to 2-5 but Galway’s speed and ability to break quickly from the back were beginning to cause problems for the Cork girls.
Maura Ó Callaghan moved to Centre Back on the resumption in an effort to curb the threat of Louise Ward who was causing problems for the Cork defence with her strong running but it was the Galway girls who gained the early initiative in the second half with two early points to stretch their lead to 3 points.
Cork responded with a goal from Eimear Scally who coolly converted from the penalty spot after Doireann Ó Sullivan had been brought down in the square to tie the game at 3-5 to 1-11. With Cork beginning to struggle in many sectors of the field Galway seized the initiative stretching their lead back out to 3 points the as the game approached the final quarter.
With the pendulum swinging firmly in their favour Galway struck for two decisive goals from their full forward Ciana Ní Churraoin to set them on their way to victory.
Cork battled bravely to get back into the contest with a goal and a point from Doireann O’ Sullivan and a Julie Dennehy point but Galway defended strongly to limit the goal scoring opportunites the Rebels so badly needed.
When Referee Gerry Carmody (Mayo) sounded the final whistle Galway emerged worthy victors on a score of 3-17 to 4-7 and will now meet defending champions Dublin who defeated Donegal by 10-17 to 3-6 in the other semi in what promises to be a very competitive All Ireland Final decider.
J. Ó Sullivan (St. Vals), M. Duggan (Dohenys), S. Cotter (St. Vals), J. Quinn (Clonakilty), A. Crowley (St. Vals), M. Ambrose (St. Vals), R. Sheehan (Carrigtwohill), M. Ó Callaghan (Mourneabbey), E. Crowley (Liscarroll), M. Corkery (St. Vals), D. Ó Sullivan (Mourneabbey) 1-3, L. Crowley (Rockbán) 2-0, A. Dineen(Gabriel Rangers) 0-2, E. Scally (Eire Óg) 1-0, L. Fitzgerald (Mourneabbey) 0-1, M Ó Sullivan (Mourneabbey), C. Byrne (St. Vals), C Ó Callaghan (Gabriel Rangers), M. Ó Callaghan (Mourneabbey), J. Dennehy(Boherbue) 0-1, L. Ó Brien (Douglas), E. Carey (Watergrasshill), A. Hickey (Ballincollig), A. Heffernan (Watergrasshill), D. Nic Abhaird (Eire Óg), A. Coakley (Bantry), J. Tyner (Kinsale), C. Fouhy (Watergrasshill), A. Buckley (Donoughmore), O. Healy (Donoughmore).