Tuesday 20 February 2018

Composed Cotter steers Rebelettes into final showdown with Cats

All-Ireland Camogie S/F replay

Cork's Orla Cotter
Cork's Orla Cotter
Wexford's Ursula Jacob

Cork remain on course for a first All-Ireland senior title since 2009 after they swept aside Wexford at Walsh Park, Waterford on Saturday.

They joined Kilkenny, the side they defeated to lift the O'Duffy Cup five years ago, in the showdown thanks to a display of defensive tenacity and long-range point-taking that left Wexford with no answer.

Una Leacy was one of three changes to the Model County's starting line-up from the previous week, and their new-look forward line was in fine form early on as they raced into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after five minutes.

A brace from Ursula Jacob either side of a Shelley Kehoe point put the 2012 champions two points clear after Orla Cotter's opening score for Cork.

The Leinster side were unable to drive home their advantage in that first quarter, though, as Cork weathered the storm and slowly grew into the game. Their pace began to trouble Wexford, and a point from Katriona Mackey in the 13th minute was followed a minute later by a great goal.

Three Cotter frees against a solitary Wexford reply gave Cork what looked like a commanding four-point lead going into the break, but three quick-fire Wexford points in injury-time gave the game a different feeling.

The expected tussle never transpired, though, as Cork dominated the final half-hour, sweeping over seven unanswered points before Wexford raised their sole white flag of the half with six minutes remaining.

Corkery, Jennifer O'Leary and Mackey all added to the lead as Cork broke for home with the winning post in sight, and even when Lisa Bolger hammered over Wexford's first point of the half, Cork never panicked.

Instead, Cotter pointed a free, and Mackey lofted over a beautiful effort to put the finishing touches on a team move. Moments later, Cotter scored the final point of a productive afternoon, putting Cork back into the decider against Kilkenny for an 11th final clash between the great rivals.

SCORERS - Cork: O Cotter 0-8 (4f), K Mackey 1-3, A Murray, J White, B Corkery, J O'Leary 0-1 each. Wexford: U Jacob 0-3 (1f), S Kehoe, K Parrock, U Leacy, B Gordon, L Bolger 0-1 each

CORK - A Murray, J O'Callaghan, A Geary, L Treacy, E O'Sullivan, G O'Connor, P Mackey, R Buckley, A Thompson, J O'Leary, A Walsh, B Corkery, J White, O Cotter, K Mackey. Subs: A O'Connor for White (53), J Casey for B (56), D Cronin for Walsh (61).

WEXFORD - M D'Arcy, D Codd, N Lambert, K Atkinson, B Gordon, M Leacy, S Sinnott, J Dwyer, S Kehoe, K Kelly, F Rochford, J Quigley, U Jacob, K Parrock, U Leacy. Subs: L Bolger for Gordon (30), E O'Connor for F Rochford (45), F Kavanagh for Quigley (54).

Ref - J Dolan (Clare)

Cork 1-15

Wexford 0-8

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