Thursday 17 August 2017

Scally and Finn seal Cork's spot

Cork 1-16 Dublin 0-13

Cork's Eimear Scally in action against Fiona Hudson of Dublin during their Lidl Ladies Football National League Division 1 Semi-Final match. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Cork's Eimear Scally in action against Fiona Hudson of Dublin during their Lidl Ladies Football National League Division 1 Semi-Final match. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
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Orla Finn and Eimear Scally combined for 1-10 as holders Cork qualified for a 10th successive Division 1 final at Nowlan Park.

The Rebelettes continue to hold the Indian Sign over rivals Dublin, as they inflicted yet another knockout defeat on the Sky Blues on Saturday.

Dublin's Hannah O'Neill in action against Marie Ambrose of Cork during their Lidl Ladies Football National League Division 1 Semi-Final. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Dublin's Hannah O'Neill in action against Marie Ambrose of Cork during their Lidl Ladies Football National League Division 1 Semi-Final. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

And while Cork boss Ephie Fitzgerald might still be without dual stars Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley, there's still a significant depth of talent in his squad.

Finn top-scored at Kilkenny's Nowlan Park with a haul of 0-7, including four points from play, as Scally collected 1-3 from play.

Cork were 1-10 to 0-6 clear at half-time, with Scally and Finn collecting 1-6 between them, and all but one point of Cork's first-half tally came from play.

Dublin got to within one at one stage in the opening period as Sinead Aherne (free), Rebecca McDonnell and Nicole Owens scored points. Owens was unlucky not to find the net in the 21st minute, but Martina O'Brien pulled off a fine save.

Dublin's Noelle Healy battles against Marie Ambrose, left, and Emma Spillane of Cork during the match. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Dublin's Noelle Healy battles against Marie Ambrose, left, and Emma Spillane of Cork during the match. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Dublin suffered a blow when Niamh McEvoy went off injured and although she was fit enough to return for the second-half, that seven-point half-time deficit was too much for the Dubs to claw back.

They did manage to cut the Cork lead to three points with five minutes left, but the Leesiders found an extra gear.

Scorers - Cork: O Finn 0-7 (3f), E Scally 1-3, C O'Sullivan 0-2, N Cotter, L Coppinger, B O'Sullivan & O Farmer 0-1 each. Dublin: C Rowe & N Owens 0-3 each, N Healy, S Aherne (2f) & S McCaffrey 0-2 each, R McDonnell 0-1.

Cork - M O'Brien; M Ambrose, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, B Stack, S Kelly; N Cotter, J O'Shea; L Coppinger, B O'Sullivan, O Farmer; E Scally, C O'Sullivan, O Finn. Subs: A Walsh for O'Shea (38), D O'Sullivan for Coppinger (47), L Coholan for Farmer (59), A Hutchings for B O'Sullivan (60+2).

Dublin - C Trant; F Hudson, S Finnegan, S O'Mahony; M Byrne, O Carey, L Caffrey; L Magee, N Collins; R McDonnell, N Healy, C Rowe; S Aherne, N McEvoy, N Owens. Subs: H O'Neill for McEvoy (temp 18-h.t.), D Murphy for O'Mahony (h.t.), S McCaffrey for Magee (42), S Goldrick for McDonnell (53).

Ref - N McCormack (Laois)

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