Mary the rock as Kilkenny deny Cork in Senior Cup
Published 25/08/2016 | 02:30
Mary Leahy Browne used all her skill and match play experience to fight back from four down at the turn to beat Cork's Paula Walsh 2&1 and hand Kilkenny the Irish Senior Cup title for the first time since 2009.
Played in tough, wet and windy conditions at Greystones on Saturday, the ladies from the Marble City turned out to be tougher than granite as they beat Cork 3.5 to 1.5 in the All Ireland final to erase the memory of three final defeats in the previous six years.
The top match between Cork's former Curtis Cup star Claire Coughlan Ryan and Kilkenny's Mary Dowling was nip and tuck, with never more than a hole between the pair.
Mary returned a slender one hole lead after the 15th hole and maintained this advantage to the home green, winning the match 1 up.
Cork's Irish Girls international star Rachel Thompson had a close tussle against Orla Dunphy, before she secured a 2&1 win for Cork's first point.
When Katie Aherne beat Cork's Michelle Tobin 3&2, Kilkenny were within a point of overall victory and secured it with Leahy Browne's dramatic comeback.
The final match between Cork's Orla Murray and Kilkenny's Jan Browne (Mary's daughter) was called in once Kilkenny had that precious third point.
Cork 1.5 Kilkenny 3.5
Claire Coughlan Ryan lost to Mary Dowling 1 up; Rachel Thompson beat Orla Dunphy 2&1; Paula Walsh lost to Mary Leahy Browne 2&1; Michelle Tobin lost to Katie Aherne 3&2; Orla Murray halved with Jan Browne (called in).