Saturday 10 December 2016

Fans flock to hail Cork's record-breaking ladies

Published 27/09/2016 | 02:30

Victorious Cork ladies captain Ciara O’Sullivan raises the trophy at the homecoming in Cork city watched by thousands of supporters. Photo: Daragh McSweeney/Provision
Victorious Cork ladies captain Ciara O’Sullivan raises the trophy at the homecoming in Cork city watched by thousands of supporters. Photo: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Cork's record-breaking ladies footballers acknowledged that Dublin were denied a score on Sunday - but warned every team in a final just has to get on with it if tough decisions go against them.

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The All-Ireland ladies football champions savoured a heroic welcome back to Cork last night after winning their sixth All-Ireland title in a row.

Cork players Eimear Meaney and Maeve O’Sullivan met Áine McInerney (4), from Kells, Co Meath, when the victorious ladies football team visited Temple Street Children’s Hospital with the Brendan Martin Cup. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Cork players Eimear Meaney and Maeve O’Sullivan met Áine McInerney (4), from Kells, Co Meath, when the victorious ladies football team visited Temple Street Children’s Hospital with the Brendan Martin Cup. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Thousands gathered in Cork city centre to honour the ladies team who have now won an incredible 11 Brendan Martin Cups in 12 years.

Amid the celebrations, the Rebelettes had words of consolation for Dublin who endured the agony of losing their third final in a row.

Sunday's loss was made all the more controversial by Dublin being denied an apparently valid point in the 22nd minute.

Dublin opted not to lodge an appeal yesterday.

The computerised score-checking system at Croke Park, 'Hawk-Eye', was not used on Sunday due to a decision by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA).

Briege Corkery, who won her 17th All-Ireland title on Sunday between Gaelic football and camogie, stressed that the system should have been used.

"They should have used Hawk-Eye during the year. It probably was the wrong decision.

"That's easy for me to say that now because we won. It wasn't our point that was called wide. But you have to get on with it."

Irish Independent

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