Thursday 19 September 2019

Dolan shines to end Rebels' reign

Galway 0-14 Cork 1-10

Cork looked sharp early on, replying to the concession of an early Ailish O'Reilly point to lead by two, with Orla Cotter (free), Linda Collins and Katrina Mackey hitting the target (stock photo)
Cork looked sharp early on, replying to the concession of an early Ailish O'Reilly point to lead by two, with Orla Cotter (free), Linda Collins and Katrina Mackey hitting the target (stock photo)

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Galway came up with the goods to book their place in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship final. They already have National League honours under their belt and will be looking for a first Championship success since 2013.

In the process, they put an end to the Rebels' three-in-a-row dreams. In a one-point game, Galway led from the time Carrie Dolan slotted a 24th-minute free.

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The period after Julia White hand-passed to the net for Cork in the 18th minute proved pivotal, with Galway going on to score six of the next seven points in the game.

The workrate on show was phenomenal. Galway would have been delighted with the amount of space they were able to get Niamh Kilkenny into, and the Pearses flier responded with a player-of-the-match performance.

Cork looked sharp early on, replying to the concession of an early Ailish O'Reilly point to lead by two, with Orla Cotter (free), Linda Collins and Katrina Mackey hitting the target.

Mackey's point came straight after Sarah Healy had her 12th-minute penalty saved by Gemma O'Connor, after Laura Hayes had fouled Carrie Dolan.

Galway were cool customers throughout, even when White put Cork a goal ahead. They were level four minutes later, with Kilkenny splitting the posts and Caitriona Cormican hitting a pair inside 60 seconds.

Cork's most dangerous attacker, Amy O'Connor, restored their lead but Aoife Donohue and two Dolan scores then put some daylight between the sides.

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There would never be much between them, but Galway would always keep their noses in front and it was 0-10 to 1-6 at the change of ends.

Hanniffy hit an inspirational point on the hour despite shipping a heavy tackle, and though O'Connor made it a one-point game again, Galway held firm.

SCORERS - Galway: C Dolan 0-5 (3fs); N Kilkenny 0-3; A Donohue, C Cormican 0-2 each; N Hanniffy, A O'Reilly 0-1 each. Cork: A O'Connor 0-4; O Cotter 0-3 (fs); J White 1-0; O Cronin, K Mackey, L Collins 0-1 each.

Cork: A Murray, L Treacy, P Mackey, L Hayes, H Looney, G O'Connor, C Sigerson, L Coppinger, B Corkery, K Mackey, O Cronin, O Cotter, J White, L Collins, A O'Connor. Subs: N McCarthy for White (53), K Hickey for Corkery (54), L Homan for K Mackey (56).

Galway: Sarah Healy, Shauna Healy, S Dervan, T Kenny, L Ryan, E Helebert, H Cooney, A Donohue, N Kilkenny, A O'Reilly, S Spellman, C Cormican, C Dolan, N Hanniffy, N Coen. Subs: C Finnerty for Coen (48), R Hennelly for Spellman (60+3).

Ref: Liz Dempsey (Kilkenny).

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