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31st, Mar, 2013
Cork fall to second defeat of National League campaign
Cork 0-11 Laois 1-9
Cork’s run of four league victories in a row came to an end in Round 6 of the Tesco Homegrown National League when they suffered a one point defeat to their hosts Laois in Stradbally on Sat 30th March.
In a tightly fought contest Cork were unable to break down the resolute defence of the Laois girls in a second half where Cork dominated the possession stakes for long periods but failed to convert sufficient chances to overhaul their opponents.
Playing against the wind in the opening half it was the Rebels who had the brighter start opening up a four points to one lead in the opening quarter. Laois stepped up their game as the half progressed and enjoyed their best period of the match when they hit 1-4 without reply as Cork struggled to maintain their rhythm turning over too much possession in the middle sector allowing the Laois girls to gain the ascendency. This proved to be the decisive period of the game with the game’s only goal coming when Laois full forward gave Lisa Crowley no chance from the penalty spot to open a 4 point lead.
Cork suffered a setback when their inspirational All Star full back Bríd Stack was forced to leave the field after 25 minutes having suffered a knock earlier in the game. Minor player Róisin Phelan was introduced to replace the injured Stack and acquitted herself very well for the remainder of the game. Points from Geraldine O’ Flynn and Orla Finn clawed Cork back into the contest by the half time whistle as they trailed 1-6 to 0-6.
The second half was a low scoring affair with both teams struggling to convert chances into scores. Despite playing against the wind Laois outscored Cork by 2 points to 1 in the opening second half exchanges to extend their lead. Jessica O’ Shea was introduced for Shauna Kelly and Eleanor Ahern for Doireann O’ Sullivan as Cork struggled to make an impact on the scoreboard failing to convert some good chances in that opening period.
Three points from Cork cut the Laois lead to a single point as the game entered the final minutes but the Laois defence which had performed well throughout continued to hold firm. Laois extended the lead to two but Cork responded with another point to set up an exciting finish as the Rebels tried in vain to get the scores they needed.
Referee Keith Delahunty sounded the final whistle with Laois victorious by 1-9 to 0-11. Laois now join Cork on 12 points after 6 Rounds of the National League, both Counties are almost certain of Semi Final spots with one round remaining in the League but Cork know that they will have to show significant improvement if they are to be successful at the business end of the competition.
L. Crowley(Liscarroll), A.M. Walsh Capt. (Inch Rovers), B. Stack (Liscarroll), A. Barrett (Donoughmore), V. Foley (St. Vals), B. Corkery (St. Vals), A. Walsh (Inch Rovers), R. Buckley (Donoughmore), O. Farmer (Midleton), D. O’ Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O. Finn (Kinsale), S. Kelly (Boherbue), E. Farmer (Aghada), R Ní Bhuachalla (Naomh Fionnbarra)
Subs R. Phelan (Aghada) for B. Stack (injured), J. O’ Shea (Inch Rovers) for S. Kelly and E. Ahern (Bride Rovers) for D. O’ Sullivan