Sunday 18 March 2018

Scally inspires Rebelettes

TG4 All-Ireland ladies SFC qualifier: Cork 0-14 Monaghan 1-10

Cork's Eimear Scally. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Cork's Eimear Scally. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile newsdesk

Eimear Scally produced a superb second-half display as champions Cork edged past Monaghan in Tullamore.

Scally landed five points as the Rebelettes survived a real scare to book a quarter-final clash with Connacht champions Galway on August 19, while All-Star Orla Finn also chipped in with a five-point haul.

The by-product of this Cork win - their first of the championship after defeats to Kerry and Waterford - is relegation to the intermediate ranks for Leinster counties Laois and Kildare.

Ciara McAnespie's goal with eight minutes of normal time remaining - verified by the LGFA's new 'score assistant' - put Ulster runners-up Monaghan into a 1-9 to 0-11 lead with time running out. But Cork were in no mood to lie down and Scally claimed the game's final three points, levelling matters from a free before clipping over two more points from play.

Scorers - Cork: E Scally (1f), O Finn (3f) 0-5 each; N Cotter, C O'Sullivan, D O'Sullivan, Á O'Sullivan 0-1 each. Monaghan: C McAnespie 1-2; E McCarron 0-4 (2f); C Courtney (f), L McEnaney, C Mohan, R Courtney 0-1 each.

Cork: M O'Brien; E Meaney, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, B Stack, S Kelly; A Hutchings, O Farmer; C O'Sullivan, D O'Sullivan, A Walsh; E Scally, Á O'Sullivan, O Finn. Subs: N Cotter for Walsh (35), J O'Shea for Farmer (43), L Coppinger for Finn (56), B O'Sullivan for Á O'Sullivan (57).

Monaghan: L Martin; Rachel McKenna, J Fitzpatrick, Rebecca McKenna; A McAnespie, S Courtney, G McNally; C Courtney, E McAnespie; L McEnaney, E McCarron, E McKenna; C McAnespie, C Mohan, R Courtney. Sub: S Coyle for E McKenna (39).

Ref: G Carmody (Roscommon).

Irish Independent

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