O'Leary hits Leeside clincher
Div 1A League final
EXCELLENT displays by both Cork and Wexford ensured a cracking Division 1A National League final at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny yesterday, with Cork prevailing at the finish thanks to a late Jennifer O'Leary pointed free.
This was a game of the highest standard and a spectacular goal-scoring spree from both sides between the 48th and 58th minutes ensured that the crowd were on the edge of their seats throughout.
Goals from O'Leary, Una O'Donoghue and Síle Burns within five minutes gave Cork a 3-6 to 0-9 lead with seven minutes remaining, but Wexford full-forward Michelle Hearn hit the net on two occasions to ensure parity as the game headed for injury-time and O'Leary's late winner.
Wexford had come strongly out of the blocks in the opening half to hold a 0-8 to 0-3 interval advantage thanks to good work in the midfield sector from Kate Kelly and Caroline Murphy, but Cork came back resolutely in the second half to ensure Gemma O'Connor lifted the silverware at the finish.
SCORERS - Cork: J O'Leary 1-4 (0-3f), U O'Donoghue 1-1, S Burns 1-0, G O'Connor 0-2, A Geary 0-1. Wexford: M Hearne 2-0, K Kelly 0-5 (0-3f, 0-1 '45'), U Leacy, C Murphy 0-2 each, A Codd 0-1 (0-1f).
CORK - A Murray; J O'Callaghan, R Holland, A O'Regan; R Buckley, M O'Connor, S Hayes; B Corkery, G O'Connor; O Cotter, A Geary, J O'Leary; A Walsh, U O'Donoghue, S Burns. Subs: E Clifford for Murray; A Murray for Clifford; J Duffy for Corkery.
WEXFORD - M Darcy; D Codd, C O'Loughlin, C O'Connor; N Lambert, M Leacy, A Codd; K Kelly, C Murphy; L Codd, B Furlong, M O'Leary; U Leacy, M Hearne, B Curran. Subs: K Parrock for L Codd; U Jacob for Curran; R M Breen for Murphy; A Nolan for D Codd.
REF - J Pender (Kildare).