Saturday 19 August 2017

Rebelettes avenge Treaty defeat

 

Cork camogie manager Paudie Murray. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Cork camogie manager Paudie Murray. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Daragh O Conchuir

Paudie Murray hailed his Cork side after they turned around their Munster final defeat to Limerick in definitive fashion with a 1-27 to 0-11 victory in their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship clash at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Murray had been critical after his charges had failed to reach expected levels both in the provincial decider and the preceding National League final that they lost to Kilkenny.

He instructed captain Rena Buckley to play with the wind in the first half when she won the toss, having begun against the elements in their opening round win over Tipperary.

They cut loose and led by 0-17 to 0-5 at the interval, with Amy O'Connor's pace causing a lot of problems, while Orla Cotter was unerring from placed balls and Katrina Mackey and Orla Cronin were also dangerous.

"It was job done, another game out of the way," said Murray. "The group stage is really about getting results and we've two from two. It's Wexford next week and if we win that I think it means we're qualified and that's key really.

"In the Munster final, the referee gave over 40 frees. They got 1-13, 11 of that from frees. Today, the ball was moved a lot quicker and I thought at times we played some very good hurling."

While Limerick were overly reliant on Niamh Mulcahy, who ended with seven points, Cork had an impressive spread of scorers.

Cotter scored 11 points and Mackey booted home a late goal to register 1-5. O'Connor and Cronin added four each.

In the group's other game, Wexford overcame the challenge of Offaly by 1-19 to 0-15, with Chloe Foxe scoring the goal inside four minutes.

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