Monday 21 October 2019

Flying Finn fires Cork to Minor A title

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Daragh Ó Conchúir

Clodagh Finn scored 1-8, Emma Murphy slotted a brace of goals and player of the match Fiona Keating shot five points as Cork secured a second All-Ireland Minor A Championship in a row with a 3-15 to 2-12 over Clare at MacDonagh Park.

The Rebels were given a huge fright, however, as the Banner girls reduced a 17-point deficit at the change of ends to just six points before time ran out.

The impact of the wind was crucial. Cork were clinical in the opening period with the gale in their favour, leading by 3-11 to 0-3 at half time.

Clodagh Finn provided the first four points before getting the final touch to make it 1-4 to 0-0 with just seven minutes elapsed.

Lorna McNamara registered Clare's opening two scores but Dervilla Moloney's troops were left shell shocked as Murphy grabbed her two majors inside a minute.

Clare resumed after the break with real intent and when McNamara set up Robyn Conway for a goal in the 36th minute, they were reinvigorated.

Finia O'Brien got their second in injury time, but Jerry Wallace's Cork had done enough by then.

Laois and Limerick will have to do it all again in the Minor B final, as they could not be separated following a titanic tussle in Nenagh.

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Again, the wind was a significant factor. The key score in the first-half was a fifth-minute Kirsten Keenan goal for Laois, after Keenan and Iris Kennelly had exchanged early points.

That gave Robert Jones's crew something to hold on to and though they ended up trailing at the change of ends, the 0-7 to 1-1 deficit would not have seemed insurmountable.

Laois did have two chances to snatch it from frees at the end after a great battle, but were unable to take them as it finished 1-5 to 0.8.

In the Minor C final, Tyrone had too much scoring power for Kerry, prevailing by 3-12 to 0-6 in Crettyard.

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