Sunday 22 September 2019

Cork girls claim All-Ireland minor title

Ladies All-Ireland MFC Final: Cork 4-11 Monaghan 1-8

The Cork panel rejoices
The Cork panel rejoices

Conor McKenna

The Cork Minor ladies side were crowned All-Ireland champions following a 12-point win over Monaghan, in O'Connor Park, Tullamore, on Saturday.

This was a good open, entertaining game of football throughout, as both sides gave as good as they got, but Cork's fitness levels were superior, and it showed come full time.

Cork got the first score of the game courtesy of Jennifer Murphy, before a free from Hannah Sherlock levelled proceedings.

Monaghan's Aisling McAnespie's almost had a goal but her effort came back off the upright and Fiona Keating and Katie Quirke added the next two point

Keating then found the net for the game's opening goal, with her 10th minute effort beating the goalkeeper, to give Cork a five-point lead, which was increased to six, following a score from Ellen Baker.

Monaghan were not finished yet however and Paula Cunningham's side scored the next four points to reduce the deficit to two with Hannah Sherlock, Aine Loughman, Lauren Garland and Amy Garland all finding the target.

Katie Quirke responded with a free for Cork, before Fiona Keating found the net for her sides second goal and Cork held a 2-5 to 0-5 lead at the interval.

Katie Quirke opened the second half scoring with a free in front of the posts to stretch her side's lead to seven, though Monaghan were right back in the game, when Jayne Drury found the net with a close-range finish to leave the gap at four points with 34 minutes played.

Monaghan scored the next point courtesy of Lauren Garland to reduce the deficit to three and they had penalty claims turned down when Jayne Drury appeared to be fouled in the 43rd minute.

Cork's next goal came with 46 played, as Faye Ahern found the net to stretch her sides lead to six.

Michaela Linden and Quirke then traded points, before a free from the latter left seven between the teams with 11 minutes remaining.

Cork centre back Isobel Sheehan was sent to the sin-bin with just under nine minutes remaining, after a foul on Lauren Garland and her side finished the game with 14 players.

A Fiona Quirke goal killed the game, as the Bride Rovers player's 64th minute effort beat the goalkeeper to increase her sides lead to ten.

Cork pushed on for a 12-point win and reclaimed the crown they relinquished last time out.

Cork: Sarah Murphy; Roisin Ni Chorcora, Erika O'Shea, Rachel Sheehan; Claudia Keane, Isobel Sheehan, Ellen Baker (0-1); Eve Mullins, Abbie O'Mahony (0-1); Cliona Dooley, Jennifer Murphy (0-1), Faye Ahern (1-0); Ellie Jack, Katie Quirke (1-7, 4f), Fiona Keating (2-1). Subs: Aoife Twomey for Jack (50), Robin Fraher for Keane (50), Aine Keating for Mullins (57), Sally McCarthy for Ahern (59), Kayla O'Connor for Murphy (67).

Monaghan: Clare Duffy; Caoimhe Brennan, Maeve Monaghan, Jane Duffy; Caoimhe Ward, Amy Garland (0-1), Eimear Traynor; Jennifer Duffy, Macayla Greenan; Michaela Linden (0-1), Lauren Garland (0-2), Aine Loughman (0-1); Aisling McAnespie, Jayne Drury (1-0), Hannah Sherlock (0-3, 2f). Subs: Emily Brennan for Loughman (49), Laura Walsh for Linden (59), Sarah Wilson for Sherlock (62), Emma McKeown for Greenan (65).

Referee: Johnathan Murphy (Carlow)