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Mulcahy on target as Rebelettes gain revenge on Kerry


Maria Quirke, Kerry, in action against Valerie Mulcahy, Cork

Maria Quirke, Kerry, in action against Valerie Mulcahy, Cork

Cork's Valarie Mulcahy controls the ball

Cork's Valarie Mulcahy controls the ball

Cork goalkeeper Martina O'Brien celebrates near the end of the game

Cork goalkeeper Martina O'Brien celebrates near the end of the game


Maria Quirke, Kerry, in action against Valerie Mulcahy, Cork

Eamonn Ryan's remarkable Cork are through to a tenth TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football final in 11 years.

The Rebelettes saw off Munster rivals Kerry by 13 points at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening to set up a September 27 clash with Dublin or Armagh.

It will be Cork's fifth successive final appearance as they go in search of a tenth Brendan Martin Cup success - and the five-in-a-row.

Two years ago, Cork lost the Munster final to Kerry but hit back to win their All-Ireland semi-final.

Unfortunately from Kerry's perspective, history repeated itself here as Cork unloaded with an avalanche of second-half scores.

Ryan said: "I wasn't that happy in the first half, I thought we could have scored a bit more.

"We over-elaborated a little bit, they were compressing the space in front of the goal alright and got their reward in the second half.

"Eventually, they managed to break down the defence and took some great scores."

Four points ahead at half-time, 2-5 to 0-7, Cork upped the ante after the break to blow Kerry away.

Valerie Mulcahy bagged her second goal midway through the half to put the end result beyond any doubt and sub Eimear Scally grabbed Cork's fourth goal late on.

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And yet Kerry had been a point clear, 0-3 to 0-2, when Cork struck for their opening goal.

The Rebelettes pounced on Edel Murphy's kick-out to claim a vital score just moments after Mulcahy pulled a free wide.

Captain Ciara O'Sullivan was alive to the restart and as Kerry cheaply lost possession, she placed Áine O'Sullivan for an open goal.

Kerry's response was good, however, and they remained in touch before Cork netted a second.

Three minutes before half-time, ace corner-forward Mulcahy deftly chipped Murphy. That piece of genius put Cork 2-5 to 0-5 clear but Kerry got a couple of late scores to remain in touch at the break.

Four points down at half-time, Kerry were still in the hunt but will have been annoyed to concede two goals after working so hard early in the game to turn over Cork when the Leesiders looked to attack.

But Cork took over in the second half as Kerry had Emma Sherwood and Bernie Breen sin-binned.

Sherwood was followed to the line by Cork's Ciara O'Sullivan and Kerry finished the game with 14 players when Breen was yellow-carded with six minutes left.

Scorers - Cork: V Mulcahy 2-2 (1f), E Scally 1-2 (1f), A O'Sullivan 1-1, D O'Sullivan (1f) & A Hutchings 0-2 each, B Stack, R Buckley, C O'Sullivan, A Walsh & O Finn 0-1 each. Kerry: S Houlihan 0-4 (1f), L Scanlon 0-3, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh & P Dennehy 0-2 each, M O'Connell & L Galvin 0-1 each.

CORK - M O'Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, A Barrett; V Foley, D O'Reilly, G O'Flynn; R Buckley, B Corkery; C O'Sullivan, A Hutchings, A Walsh; V Mulcahy, Á O'Sullivan, D O'Sullivan. Subs: E Scally for Á O'Sullivan (43), O Finn for Walsh (52), O Farmer for Hutchings (55), R Ní Bhuachalla for D O'Sullivan (56).

KERRY - E Murphy; G Crowley, A Desmond, A Leonard; C Kelly, C Lynch, M Quirke; B Breen, L Scanlon; E Sherwood, S Houlihan, D Hallissey; P Dennehy, M O'Connell, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh. Subs: L Rogers for Crowley (h-t), L Galvin for O'Connell (h-t), E O'Connor for Leonard (47), A Brosnan for Houlihan (55).

ref - C McManus (Meath)

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