Monday 20 November 2017

O'Shea too hot to handle as Rebelettes run away with it

 

O’Shea scored six points to be named player of the match but she had strong opposition for the individual award. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
O’Shea scored six points to be named player of the match but she had strong opposition for the individual award. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Daragh O Conchúir

Cork were singing in the rain at the Coralstown Kinnegad grounds, producing a power-packed second half performance to defeat Derry 2-16 to 1-5 and win the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 2 title for a fifth time.

It was a disappointing capitulation by Derry, after competing well in the first half and only going in at the break trailing by 0-9 to 1-3.

In difficult conditions, Linda Collins and Karen Kielt exchanged early points, before Mary Hegarty grabbed a long delivery on the edge of the square and blasted it to the Cork net.

Niamh McCarthy pointed for Cork but two on the trot from Hegarty and Kielt stretched the Derry lead to four.

However, a brace of points from Maeve McCarthy, four from Rachel O'Shea and one more from Katelyn Hickey established that three-point lead at the interval.

Finola Neville and O'Shea stretched the advantage early in the second half but Aine McAllister replied with a brace to keep Derry in touch.

Paudie Murray introduced Caroline Sugrue and she made an instant impact for Cork, grabbing a goal and a point.

Maeve McCarthy and O'Shea added to the tally before another sub, Sarah Fahy, put the icing on the cake with an excellent goal.

O'Shea scored six points to be named player of the match but she had strong opposition for the individual award, with defenders Lauren Callanan and Sarah Buckley in particular standing out.

Meanwhile, Dublin secured their first Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 3 title, defeating Roscommon 0-12 to 0-7.

The Rossies fell short for the second consecutive season, but can take some inspiration from Dublin, who lost three finals in succession from 2013-15 after claiming Division 4 honours.

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