Thursday 22 March 2018

Player of the match

Geraldine O'Flynn (Cork)

O'Flynn was magnificent at left half-back for Cork, defending brilliantly and bombing forward for a brace of points, one in each half. The Liscarroll dynamo (25) sustained cruciate knee ligament damage against Tyrone in 2010 but returned arguably a better player. O'Flynn is now the proud holder of seven All-Ireland senior medals, like many of her team-mates.

Turning Point

With 14 minutes on the watch, Kerry trailed by just a single point, 0-3 to 0-2. But Cork stepped on the gas and a run of six unanswered points opened up a 0-9 to 0-2 lead approaching half-time. Orlagh Farmer's point sailed over the bar as the half-time hooter sounded and that was another inspirational score for the Rebelettes.

Talking Point

Cork have lost just one championship game in eight seasons, against Tyrone in 2010. It's a game that was referenced by players and management before yesterday's final, and again afterwards. The sore that won't go away continues to inspire a remarkable group of players to new heights, in the quest to ensure that nothing similar ever happens again.

ref watch

Gavin Corrigan came in for some light criticism from Kerry boss William O'Sullivan after the game. There were a handful of dubious calls but overall, this was a solid performance from the Down whistler. The free count heavily favoured Cork but this was simply because Kerry were committing fouls. Corrigan flashed just the one yellow card -- to Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh in the final minute.

What they said

Eamonn Ryan (Cork manager):

"I was never so nervous before a match in my life. I even lost all my notes. I had to bluff away before the match."

William O'Sullivan (Kerry manager):

"I suppose the fear we had today was because Cork had all the experience and the players inside, some of our girls wouldn't be able to deal with it, and that happens."

Match statistics

Frees: Cork 32 (15 in 1st half); Kerry 11 (5)

Wides: Cork 11 (7); Kerry 8 (6)

Yellow cards: Cork 0; Kerry 1 (L Ni Mhuircheartaigh 59)

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