Thursday 16 August 2018

Julia White the hero as Cork reclaim All-Ireland Camogie title in spectacular style at Croke Park

Kilkenny 0-09 Cork 0-10

Cork manager Paudie Murray celebrates with his players after the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final match between Cork and Kilkenny at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cork manager Paudie Murray celebrates with his players after the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final match between Cork and Kilkenny at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Cork substitute Julia White was the hero for the Rebels on Sunday as her last-gasp point helped the Rebels secure the O'Duffy Cup for the 27th time.

After conceding last year's title to Kilkenny, Cork regained their crown in a frantic finish that saw White break from a pack of Kilkenny defenders before sailing a beautifully struck point over the bar to seal the win for the Rebels.

It was a fitting end to a back and forth affair that saw both sides exchange points at will heading down the stretch.

Kilkenny full-forward Miriam Walsh put the Cats ahead with just over five minutes of regular time remaining in what was her first score of the game. The champions' forward-line had struggled mightily on the day with Ann Downey's side registering just two points through the opening 30 minutes of play.

However, Kilkenny did show some spark in the second-half with Shelly Farrell injecting some much needed life into the Cats attack with some brilliant individual scores, while Julia Ann Malone offered a steady contribution before being hauled off in the 58th minute for Jenny Reddy.

Cork meanwhile got off to a flying start with Amy O'Connor and Orla Cotter both registering scores within the first four minutes. The Rebels looked poised to run away with the game early on with corner-forward Katrina Mackey giving the Cats all sorts of problems in defence, but her inconsistent finishing in front of goal afforded Kilkenny a much needed lifeline.

The Cats would make Cork pay for their inefficiency with a string of scores in the second-half from Meighan Farrell and Denise Gaule, but just when it looked like Kilkenny had the game wrapped up, Cork defender and nine-time All Star Gemma O'Connor notched the score of the game with a brilliant point from distance to draw scores level heading into added time.

Gaule had one final chance to give the Cats the lead with a sideline free, which she had failed to convert, gifting White the opportunity to be the hero with the O'Duffy Cup set for a Leeside return for the second time in the last three years.

Scorers for Cork: Orla Cronin 0-3, Amy O’Connor 0-2, Orla Cotter (0-1f), Gemma O’Connor, Libby Coppinger, Katrina Mackay and Julia White 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: Denise Gaul 0-3 (0-2f), Julie Ann Malone and Meighan Farrell 0-2 each, Katie Power and Miriam Walsh 0-1 each.

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