Thursday 29 September 2016

Cork progress to final as Tribe are defeated

Published 18/07/2016 | 02:30

Captain Laura Cleary led by example with a haul of 1-2 as Cork edged past Galway on their way to the All-Ireland minor A ladies football final. Picture credit: Eoin Noonan / SPORTSFILE
Captain Laura Cleary led by example with a haul of 1-2 as Cork edged past Galway on their way to the All-Ireland minor A ladies football final. Picture credit: Eoin Noonan / SPORTSFILE

Holders Cork emerged from a game for the ages to book their place in a third successive All-Ireland minor A ladies football final.

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The Leesiders saw off Galway by 3-14 to 3-12 in Nenagh, in what was a repeat of the last two finals.

Grace Culloty's two goals proved crucial and captain Laura Cleary led by example with a haul of 1-2 as Cork edged past the Westerners in a classic encounter.

Saoirse Noonan was another player to excel for Cork as the Nemo Rangers star collected seven points for the winners.

This was a fixture that ebbed and flowed from start to finish and while Galway went in at half-time 3-7 to 2-6 in front, and with the breeze at their backs in the second half, Cork prevailed.

Galway had excellent contributions from Leanne Coen (1-5) and Chelsea Blade (1-4) but a strong third quarter from Cork saw them gain the upper hand.

Missed chances cost Galway dear in the second half but Cork goalkeeper Mairead O'Sullivan was in brilliant form, denying Coen and Blade with superb saves.

Galway, even with the breeze advantage, retreated into a more defensive mode in the second half and that allowed Cork to mount a fightback.

Cork's final opponents are Dublin, who steamed past Armagh by 4-21 to 1-9 in Inniskeen.

Dearbhla Coleman got Armagh off to an ideal start with a goal inside 60 seconds and Dublin, playing against a strong wind in the opening half, were slow to settle.

But, inspired by Julia Buckley, Dublin were a team transformed approaching the break and Buckley's first goal helped to establish a 1-10 to 1-1 interval lead.

Buckley, who finished with 2-4, netted again in the second half and Dublin also had goals from Hannah O'Neill and Aoife McGrath.

Irish Independent

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