CORK 3-12 GALWAY 1-4 CORK Minors made sure of their third title in-a-row when they outshone Galway in the All-Ireland "A" final 3-12 to 1-04 in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise yesterday.
Galway began in whirlwind fashion with a great goal from corner forward Mairead Dunne within the opening minute. Unfortunately, they never kept up that early pace and by half time the Rebel county were ahead 1-04 to 1-03, the Cork goal coming from half forward Aine Watson.
The second half was dominted by Cork and their tight defence kept the Galway forwards to a solitary point late in the game from full forward Colette Hardiman.
Cork captain Anna Geary was in superb form in the second half and despite Galway making several switches they could not counteract this fine Cork side. An early second-half goal from Mary Coleman and a third from Geary just before the final whistle ensured that the Tailteann All-Ireland trophy as once again resting by the Lee.
SCORERS - Cork: A Geary 1-5, A Watson 1-3, M Coleman 1-2, O Coughlan 0-2. Galway: M Dunne 1-1, S Noone, C Hardiman, J Gill 0-1 each.
CORK - M Murphy; E Dunne, M Nyhan, L Hawkes; O Cotter, R Buckley, E Waters; A Geary, S Downing; O Coughlan, H O'Regan, A Watson; T Shanahan, M Coleman, J Donovan. Subs: S O'Donovan (for Donovan), E Healy (for O'Regan), D Cooney (for Shanahan).
GALWAY - S Gannon; T Byrne, E Burke, C Gill; J Gill, R Maher, C Glynn; L Monaghan, F Hahnefeld; E Burke, S Noone, L Dillon; T Manton, C Hardiman, M Dunne. Subs: S Dervan (for E Burke), M Conroy (for Hahnefeld), J Brien (for C Gill).
WATERFORD, appearing in their first final since 1945, clinched the county's first All-Ireland title when they outsmarted Armagh 6-11 to 1-04 in the Minor "B" final in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.