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Unstoppable McCarthy puts deise to sword as rebelettes seize glory

Cork lead the roll of honour for the All-Ireland U-16 'A' camogie championship with 13 victories, despite not claiming the honours since 2003.

Having waited a decade to experience success at that level, it was no surprise that yesterday's maiden triumph in the 'B' championship, thanks to a victory over Waterford, was greeted with such joy on the home turf of Mallow.

It was very hard luck on Waterford. They went behind early on, though, and despite their best endeavours, just could not reel in the Leesiders, finishing on the wrong side of a 4-8 to 2-10 scoreline.

Two goals in the opening quarter gave the Rebelettes a good foundation, but Waterford grew into the game and went in at the break trailing by just the minimum (2-3 to 1-5).

Cork managed to keep their noses in front, though, and their ability to find the net ensured that they remained four points to the good at the final whistle.

Keeva McCarthy gave a virtuoso performance for the champions, scoring an incredible 2-4 from play. The St Finbarr's clubwoman was well supported by Rachel Harty, who bagged the other two goals.

Meanwhile, Cork senior star Jenny O'Leary has announced her retirement from the inter-county game.

The Barryroe woman, who won three senior All-Irelands and six All Stars during an illustrious career, is moving to Middletown, Co Armagh to live with her fiance ahead of their wedding next year.

"I made the decision before the year began that this would be my last year with Cork, no matter what the result would be" said O'Leary.

"I am turning 30 in October so it's time to hang up the old boots and start playing for fun; not to take it so seriously anymore."

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