Friday 22 March 2019

Cork v Kilkenny: The game at a glance

Player of the match

Cathriona Foley (Cork)

Aoife Murray, Rena Buckley and Gemma O'Connor were also contenders but the Cork full-back held several players scoreless and was rock-solid throughout.

Turning point

A short puck-out after 21 minutes backfired to give Rachel Moloney her second point in quick succession and within five minutes Cork had pulled four points clear and Kilkenny were always chasing the game.

Talking point

Cork's bench strength. Emer Dillon was 'Player of the Match' in the 2005 final and is back after an absence of a year, while another of their subs was one of the young Mackey twins, 17-year-old Kaitriona.

Ref watch

From a whistle-happy past, camogie refs are finally letting the game go, as Una Kearney did here, and as a spectacle, the game certainly benefits.

They said

"We said if there's an opportunity, take your scores, points could win this game. But it was Kilkenny who got in and our goal was blessed a lot of the time. Our full-backs set the standard and Aoife Murray was outstanding again today."

Denise Cronin (Cork manager)

"One or two of them were probably struck by the whole thing before we'd even hit a ball and will be disappointed that they didn't play as well as they could. But they really battled, they've got the experience now and we'll be back."

Ann Downey (Kilkenny manager)

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 8 (5), Kilkenny 4 (1)

Frees: Cork 16 (7), Kilkenny 15 (7)

Yellow Cards: Cork 1 (G O'Connor 31), Kilkenny 2 (A Neary 19, K Power 31)

Red Cards: 0

Attendance: 25,924.

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