Friday 19 January 2018

Game at a Glance- Cork v Monaghan

player of the match

Sharon Courtney (Monaghan)

That All-Ireland medal may still have eluded her, but the Monaghan full-back was consistently brilliant and also held Val Mulcahy to just one score from play.

TURNING POINT

Monaghan being reduced to 14 players when Eileen McKenna was sin-binned in the 49th minute.

TALKING POINT

Just how resilient these Cork women are. This may have been the least sparkling of their final performances, yet somehow they dug out their eighth victory in their eighth final, a remarkable record.

MAGIC MOMENT

Two consecutive long-range points off either foot by Caoimhe Mohan in the second quarter. In an ultra-defensive, sloppy game, such skill really stood out.

REF WATCH

John Niland seemed to mystify players by blowing for every minor contact, calling back play in advantage situations and making the game very stop-start.

WHAT THEY SAID

Eamonn Ryan (Cork manager)

"The match was a bit like our season as a whole. We kicked some appalling wides and then also played some brilliant stuff."

Gregory McGonigle

(Monaghan manager)

"I don't think, from the quarter-finals onwards, that Cork have had a player sin-binned since they lost to Tyrone in 2010. They're a great team but it's tough to get big decisions against them."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Cork 11 (2 first half)

Monaghan 5 (1)

Frees:

Cork 27 (11)

Monaghan 24 (13)

Yellow Cards:

Cork 0

Monaghan 1 (McKenna 49)

Irish Independent

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