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Cork's Annie Walsh gets away from the challenge of Niamh Marley of Armagh during the All-Ireland ladies football semi-final at Pearse Park. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Cork's Annie Walsh gets away from the challenge of Niamh Marley of Armagh during the All-Ireland ladies football semi-final at Pearse Park. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

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Cork's Orla Finn has her effort blocked by Sinead McCleary of Armagh during the All-Ireland ladies football semi-final at Pearse Park. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Cork's Orla Finn has her effort blocked by Sinead McCleary of Armagh during the All-Ireland ladies football semi-final at Pearse Park. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

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Cork's Valarie Mulcahy looks to grab possession ahead of Mairead Tennyson of Armagh during the All-Ireland ladies football semi-final at Pearse Park. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Cork's Valarie Mulcahy looks to grab possession ahead of Mairead Tennyson of Armagh during the All-Ireland ladies football semi-final at Pearse Park. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

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Cork's Annie Walsh gets away from the challenge of Niamh Marley of Armagh during the All-Ireland ladies football semi-final at Pearse Park. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Cork manager Eamon Ryan admitted he was “very nervous” before his team demolished Armagh by 14 points in Saturday’s TG4 All-Ireland semi-final at Pearse Park, Longford.

The Rebelettes advanced with a huge win against the Ulster champions and will now face Dublin in the Brendan Martin Cup decider. 

Cork, the holders, have won eight of the last nine All-Ireland titles, but Armagh were expected to provide a stiff test.

Armagh captain Caroline O’Hanlon finished with a personal haul of 1-4 against Cork.

Ryan reflected: “I was very nervous today. But we were well up for it.”

Cork had scoring contributions from eight players. Nollaig Cleary scored 1-3 from play after coming on to send a clear message to Ryan.

At half-time, Cork were 2-6 to 1-4 clear as player-of-the-match Ciara O’Sullivan netted before turning provider for Grace Kearney.

Those goals were part of a run of 2-4 without reply to answer 1-2 from O’Hanlon.

The second half, however, was a procession as Cleary and Rhona Ni Bhuachalla both scored with their first touches before leading scorer Valerie Mulcahy added a fifth goal for the Rebelettes.

Siobhán Mackle registered a late consolation goal for Armagh.

Scorers: Armagh: C O’Hanlon 1-4 (1-0 pen, 1f), S Mackle 1-0, F McKenna 0-3 (1f), S McCleary 0-2, N Henderson & K Mallon 0-1 each. Cork: V Mulcahy 1-7 (5fs), N Cleary 1-3, C O’Sullivan, G Kearney & R Ní Bhuachalla 1-0 each, O Finn 0-3, G O’Flynn 0-2, B Corkery 0-1.

Armagh: K Daly; M Tennyson, C Morgan, L Kenny; S Reel, N Marley, R O’Reilly; C O’Hanlon, N Henderson; S McCleary, F McKenna, A McCoy; L McConville, K Mallon, M McAlinden. Subs: S Marley for O’Reilly (23), S Mackle for McAlinden (34), M McGuinness for Kenny (43), C Murray for McConville (45), S Feeney for McKenna (51).

Cork: M O’Brien; R Phelan, Angela Walsh, B Stack; V Foley, D O’Reilly, G O’Flynn; R Buckley, B Corkery; Annie Walsh, C O’Sullivan, O Farmer; V Mulcahy, G Kearney, O Finn. Subs: N Cleary for Kearney (35), R Ní Bhuachalla for O Farmer (42), A Barrett for Buckley (49), E Farmer for Finn (49), N Kelly for Phelan (52).

Referee:  G Chapman (Sligo).

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