Friday 27 April 2018

Noonan inspires Rebel repeat

Mia Jennings of Dublin in action against Ciara Hughes of Cork. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Mia Jennings of Dublin in action against Ciara Hughes of Cork. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Danielle Lawless of Dublin in action against Sorcha Phelan of Cork. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Mia Jennings of Dublin in action against Niamh Murphy of Cork. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Full-forward Saoirse Noonan bagged 2-5 as Cork retained their crown at Pearse Park in Longford.

Cork 2-19 Dublin 4-9

Cork had other stars on the day as Sadhbh O'Leary scored five points from play while midfielder Ciara McCarthy chipped in with three from midfield.

Captain Laura Cleary, daughter of team manager and former playing star John, showed real leadership at crucial times, as did Grace Culloty, and Cork held off a late Dublin comeback to claim a ninth minor 'A' crown.

Dublin were chasing success in this competition for the first time since 2012 but looked down and out inside the final ten minutes as they trailed by nine points.

But two goals in three minutes from Erica Byrne, a penalty, and Julia Buckley brought Dublin to within three points of the winners.

Jade Sweeney Knott's point had Dublin just two behind but McCarthy stormed forward for a brilliant solo point to steady Cork nerves with six minutes left.

O'Leary kicked her fifth and final point in the final minute as Cork, who led by 2-7 to 1-5 at the interval, brilliantly worked a score after playing keep-ball for the best part of 90 seconds.

Scorers - Cork: S Noonan 2-5 (2f), S O'Leary 0-5, C McCarthy 0-3, L Cleary & G Culloty 0-2 each, C Ryan & A Scannell 0-1 each. Dublin: J Buckley 2-1, R Douglas 1-3 (3f), E Byrne 1-0 pen, J Sweeney Knott, M Jennings, H O'Neill, D Lawless & C O'Sullivan 0-1 each.

CORK - M O'Sullivan; E Spillane, A O'Sullivan, S Phelan; C Hughes, B Casey, A Lynch; N Murphy, C McCarthy; C Ryan, L Cleary, A Scannell; G Culloty, S Noonan, S O'Leary. Subs: J Brew Dinan for Lynch (46), L O'Neill for Scannell (50), S Hurley for Phelan (50), C Moran for McCarthy (60).

DUBLIN - K Ronan; S Hannigan, T O'Sullivan, S Moran; E Flannagan, L McGinley, M O'Gorman; J Sweeney-Knott, E Byrne; M Jennings, H O'Dea, H O'Neill; D Lawless, J Buckley, R Douglas. Subs: J Dunne for Jennings (h-t), C O'Sullivan for Douglas (43), S Murtagh for Flannagan (43), A McGrath for Lawless (46), H Bolger for Moran (50).

Ref - M Farrelly (Cavan)


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