Limerick completed their group games in the Minor A Championship with three wins out of three after a hard fought 0-15 to 2-6 win at the Cork Camogie Grounds in Mahon. The win means that they top Group 2 and qualify for an All-Ireland semi-final against the 2nd placed team in Group 1. Who that is won't be decided until after next week's final round of games in that group.
Cork opened the score on the second minute with a point from Linda Collins but Limerick responded with 3 unanswered points two from Caoimhe Costelloe from placed balls and one from Caoimhe Lyons.. An early injury saw Leah Riordan replaced by Kate Mulqueen. Corks’s Rachel O’Shea and Caoimhe Costelloe exchanged frees to leave the score Limerick 0-4 Cork 0-2 with 20 minutes on the clock.
Rachel O’Shea then hit the back of the net as she got on the end of a rebound after Orla Condon batted away a long ball into the square. Limerick responded with a point from a Caoimhe Costelloe free but Cork restored their lead through a Rachel O’Shea free.In injury time Cork’s Linda Collins was fouled in the square and was awarded a penalty, which saw full-back Sinead MacNamara getting a yellow card. Linda Collins struck the ball over the bar bringing the half time score to Cork 1-4 Limerick 0-5.
Limerick were playing with the wind at their back in the second half and immediately started to take control of the game scoring 4 points in the first 10 minutes the first from Caoimhe Lyons and three from the very impressive Caoimhe Costelloe. Kate Mulqueen slotted over her first of the day on the 16th Minute to bring the score to Cork 1-4 Limerick 0-10.
Limerick were dominant but then Rachel O’Shea got her second goal of the day to bring Cork level. Caoimhe Costelloe responded with a free to restore a one point lead with 9 minutes on the clock. Limerick kept their heads up and added a further well-earned point from Caoimhe Costelloe. With 3 minutes to go Cork got a free which was put over the bar by Rachel O Shea.
Limerick dug their heals in and were not going to lose this match and a free was awarded to Caoimhe Costello who struck the ball over the bar. The side-line went electric, their hearts were in their mouths with Limerick up 2 points with a minute of normal time to be played. Cork put a lot of pressure on Limerick as the game went into added time but some great defending saw them through. Limerick got a point from Kate Mulqueen in the 2nd minute of Injury time to open a three point gap which was the way it finished Limerick 0-15 Cork 2-6. A terrific performance from Limerick sees them through to an All-Ireland semi-final on 12th April.
Scorers for Limerick
Caoimhe Costelloe 0-11 (7f, 1 45), Caoimhe Lyons 0-2, Kate Mulqueen 0-2
20 Kate Mulqueen for Leah O Riordan, 18 Leanne Browne for Shannyn Sheehan, 19 Niamh Tuite for Aoife Wilson, 17 Sarah Shanahan for Helena Fitzgerald
16 Orla Condon (Knockaderry), 2 Katie Hennessy (Ballyagran), 3 Sinead McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), 4 Shannyn Sheehan (Templeglantine), 5 Jane Wilson (Na Piarsaigh), 6 Helena Fitzgerald (Adare), 7 Tara Fitzgibbon (Ballyagran), 8 Karen O'Leary (Newcastle West), 9 Donna Mulcahy (Killeedy), 10 Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), 11 Leah Riordan (Ballyagran), 12 Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare) - captain, 13 Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), 14 Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), 15 Aoife Wilson (Na Piarsaigh)
1 Laura O'Neill (Na Piarsaigh),, 17 Sarah Shanahan (Killeedy),, 18 Leanne Brown (Newcastle West), 19 Niamh Tuite (Treaty Gaels), 20 Kate Mulqueen (Ballybrown), 21 Aisling Scanlon (Killeedy) , 22 Ellannah Mulcahy (Killeedy), 23 Megan O'Meara (Monaleen), 24 Neamh Curtin (Ballybrown), 25 Mairéad Clancy (Ballybrown) , 26 Aine Cunningham (Killeedy), 27 Marie Danagher (Ballyagran, 28 Sinead Maddan (Mungret), 29 Kiara Carroll (Newcastle West), 30 Shauna Tobin (Newcastle West), 31 Lizzie O Dwyer (Cappamore), 32 Marian Quaid (Bruff), 33 Roisin O Meara (Ahane), 34 Lisa Ryan, (Murroe Boher), 35 Aoife Barry (Murroe Boher)