Burns keeps Cork's treble dreams alive
Cork's three-in-a-row dreams are still alive, but only just, as they emerged from a Gala All-Ireland senior camogie semi-final -- of cracking quality at Nowlan Park -- with a hard-earned draw.
Denise Cronin's charges looked to be on the way to booking their place in the final as five points on the trot edged them four clear with the wind at their backs.
Galway's Veronica Curtin struck for two goals in the final quarter, though, and it took two late pointed frees from Síle Burns to snatch a second chance.
Galway began well with the wind at their backs; Curtin getting them off the mark after just 30 seconds and the deadly Aislinn Connolly converting a free.
A 12th-minute goal from Jennifer O'Leary, after a mishit free from Burns, put Cork in front but Galway responded with a brilliantly worked goal, finished to the roof of the net by Tara Rutledge.
The Westerners pushed on with points from distance by Connolly, Caroline Murray and Breda Hanney. Cork began to exert their authority late on and finished the half with six consecutive points to lead at the interval by 1-8 to 1-7.
The teams could not be separated, however, and will cross swords once again next Sunday.
Scorers -- Cork: S Burns 0-9 (8f, 1 '45); J O'Leary 1-3; O Cotter, E O'Sullivan, J White, R Moloney, J Casey 0-1 each. Galway: V Curtin 2-2; A Connolly 0-5; T Rutledge 1-0; O Kilkenny 0-2; C Murray, B Hanney 0-1 each
Cork: A Murray; J O'Callaghan, C Foley, R Buckley; J Duffy, M O'Connor, A Geary; O Cotter, E O'Sullivan; J White, G O'Connor, J O'Leary; S Burns, R Moloney, J Casey. Sub: P Mackey for O'Callaghan (46)
Galway: S Earner; S Tannian, S Dervan, N Kilkenny; R Glynn, AM Hayes, S Keane; E Kilkelly, O Kilkenny; C Murray, T Maher, B Hanney; T Rutledge, V Curtin, A Connolly. Subs: T Manton for Keane (h-t), L Ryan for Kilkelly (41)
Referee: K O'Brien (Dublin)
A commanding second-half performance was the key as Wexford secured their spot in the Gala All-Ireland senior camogie final in front of 3,082 people at Nowlan Park.
It threatened to be the Ann Dalton Show early on as the Kilkenny captain scored the opening three points.
Wexford's greater physical presence enabled them to gradually claw themselves back into proceedings, however, and with Ursula Jacob slotting six points from placed balls, they led at half-time by 0-8 to 0-7.
Kilkenny shot seven wides after the interval and only managed three points before Denise Gaule struck for an injury-time goal. By that stage, though, it was too little too late for the Cats as Wexford had rammed home three goals in the final quarter to put the game to bed.
Katrina Parrock took a pass from Kate Kelly to notch up the first in the 46th minute and two minutes later she returned the favour with a sensational delivery to the onrushing centre-forward who found the net. When Kelly's speculative shot then found the Kilkenny net, the Model girls' progression was confirmed.
Scorers -- Wexford: U Jacob 0-8 (6f, 1 '45); K Kelly 2-2; K Parrock 1-0; J Dwyer, U Leacy 0-1 each; Kilkenny: A Dalton 0-4(1f, 2 '45s); D Gaule 1-0; M Quilty (2f), A Farrell, K Power 0-2 each; C Dormer 0-1
Wexford: M D'Arcy; C O'Connor, C O'Loughlin, K Atkinson; N Lambert, M Leacy, A O'Connor; J Dwyer, D Codd; U Leacy, K Kelly, M O'Leary; K Parrock, U Jacob, F Kavanagh. Subs: B Gordon for O'Leary (48), E Quigley for Kelly (57-58), Quigley for Kavanagh (59)
Kilkenny: C Ryan; L Lyng, C Doherty, J Frisby; E Keane, L Fennelly, E Aylward; A Farrell, A Dalton; M Quilty, A Neary, K Power; C Dormer, S Farrell, M Dargan. Subs: K Hamilton for Dargan (36), A Butler for Fennelly (45), D Gaule 1-0 for Dormer (52), A Dunphy for Farrell (55)
Referee: F McNamara (Clare)