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Wednesday 7 December 2016

O'Connor cries foul after late 'wide' call denies Cork

Published 21/06/2010 | 05:00

Kilkenny reversed the result of last year's final with a thrilling 0-13 to 2-6 win over Cork in the second round of the All-Ireland senior championship.

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The tie ended controversially however, as Gemma O'Connor's long-range free from midfield in the fifth minute of injury-time was signalled as a point by one umpire, who waved the white flag.

The other umpire waved the shot wide, however, and after consulting with his two officials, referee Alan Lagrue decided that O'Connor's well-struck shot had drifted outside the post, much to the anger of Cork's players and management.

Kilkenny were the better team in the first half and deservedly led at the break by 0-7 to 0-3, but two early goals from Sile Burns helped Cork go three points clear on the resumption.

Ann Downey's crew hit back in the final 10 minutes and injury-time points from Anna Dalton and sub Kelly Hamilton edged them in front before the dramatic conclusion.

Elsewhere, Tipperary scored two late goals from Claire Grogan and Aoife McLoughney but that only served to put a better gloss on the scoreline for Eoin Brislane's team as Galway cruised to a 1-19 to 2-7 victory.

The westerners imposed themselves midway through the first half and a brilliant goal from Aislinn Connolly after 18 minutes helped them establish a 1-9 to 0-6 lead at half-time, the team captain executing a delightful overhead flick from Therese Maher's long delivery.

Connolly finished up with a personal tally of 1-9 as the westerners pulled away after the restart before Tipp made the scoreline respectable with those two consolation goals.

Meanwhile, Wexford skipper Una Leacy hit a hat-trick of goals as the league champions romped to a 7-25 to 0-3 win over Dublin at Wexford Park.

Leacy bagged two goals either side of an Ursula Jacob major as the Model girls led by 4-10 to 0-3 at half-time. Fiona Kavanagh and Katrina Parrock also struck the net after half-time before Leacy notched up her third goal seven minutes from time.

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