Friday 20 October 2017

Rebels reclaim Camogie crown

Cork's Julia White, front, who scored the winning point, and team-mate Ashling Thompson Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Cork's Julia White, front, who scored the winning point, and team-mate Ashling Thompson Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Gavin White

Cork fans returned to the Rebel County triumphant yesterday after a "tantalising" injury-time winner from Julia White in a 0-10 to 0-9 historic win over Kilkenny.

After a flurry of points from Cork early on, Kilkenny brought themselves back into the game in the second half, setting up a classic.

An incredibly tense six minutes of extra time climaxed with an extraordinary winning point from super-sub White, sending the crowd wild.

Lisa Lynch, from Knocknaheeny in Co Cork, said she was "thrilled" with the win which she said was "revenge" for last year.

Cork fans Deirdre Morrissey and daughters Ava (7) and Grace (11) from Marino
Cork fans Deirdre Morrissey and daughters Ava (7) and Grace (11) from Marino

"As I said to my daughters Erica and Abbey, the last six minutes of injury time were nothing short of tantalising," she said.

Deirdre Morrisey, from Cork City, was "over the moon" with the victory.

"Ashling Thompson was incredible today I thought - well they really were. I can't believe it," she said.

Terry Sheehan, from Douglas in Cork, said he "thought the game was heading for a draw" before White grabbed the winner.

"To have won it in that fashion was absolutely brilliant," he said.

Cork man Jonty O'Leary, who attended his first All-Ireland final in 1952, said he was "in confident mood" heading into the game and wasn't surprised by the win.

"I knew they would give it all and it told in the end," he told the Irish Independent.

Although Caoimhe Kelly, from Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, said she was "optimistic" before the match, she was left "devastated" like many Kilkenny fans.

However, the day was meant for Cork who won the O'Duffy Cup for the 27th time.

Irish Independent

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