Cotter goals keep Cork on double track
Cork 4-10 Kilkenny 1-10
Two goals in the space of a minute in the third quarter at Walsh Park ensure that Cork remain on target for a second consecutive All-Ireland camogie title.
Despite being champions, the Leesiders were the underdogs as a result of the huge turnover of players in the past 12 months and only emerging from their group in third position.
Kilkenny had blitzed everyone in their way in securing direct qualification to the semi-final and looked likely like they might do the same to Cork as they thundered into a 1-6 to 0-2 lead mid-way through the first half.
The Noresiders only managed another four points, while it was Cork that went goal crazy to set up a final date with Galway.
Orla Cotter got the opening score for Cork, but Michelle Quilty struck for a Kilkenny goal in the third minute.
But Cork's blend of youth and experience began to prosper and Cotter's free found the net off the stick of Emma Kavanagh. Cork led at half-time, 1-7 to 1-6.
Kilkenny got back in front, but Katrina Mackey levelled and then struck a massive blow when finding the net. When Cotter goaled from the next attack, the Rebels were suddenly five points ahead.
When Amy O'Connor shook the rigging five minutes later, Kilkenny's goose was cooked.
Scorers - Cork: O Cotter 2-3, A O'Connor 1-2, K Mackey 1-1, J White, B Corkery 0-2 each. Kilkenny: D Gaule 0-4, M Quilty 1-1, K Power 0-2, C Phelan, M Walsh, A Dalton 0-1 each.
Cork - A Murray, P Mackey, L Treacy, L O'Sullivan, R Buckley, G O'Connor, M Cahalane, J White, A Thompson, O Cotter, O Cronin, H Looney, B Corkery, A O'Connor, K Mackey.
Kilkenny - E Flanagan, S Quirke, E Keane, C Foley, C Phelan, C Dormer, D Tobin, A Gannon, A Dalton, D Gaule, M Walsh, A Connery, A Farrell, K Power, M Quilty. Sub: J Frisby for Foley.
Ref - R Kelly (Kildare)