Irish Daily Star National Camogie League
Division 1 Semi-Final
Sunday 19th April at 2.30pm
in Charleville, Co. Cork
Limerick made All-Ireland champions Cork work very hard for their win in the Division 1 League semi-final in Charleville on Sunday. Indeed when Limerick took the lead early in second half it looked as if the Shannonsiders were about to cause a major upset. But Cork’s experience particularly off the bench saw them close out the game in the final 10 minutes to win by 1-12 to 0-10.
Cork went ahead early on with a goal and point from Amy O’Connor and it looked as if the young Cork star was going to cause problems but the Limerick defence in which Sarah Carey and Judith Mulcahy excelled, managed to put the shackles on her.
Limerick fought back well with Niamh Mulcahy scoring points from frees and play. The turning point came just before the break when Noreen Barry forced Cork goalkeeper, Amy Lee into a excellent save which was to prove critical.
With what wind there was at their backs in the second half, Limerick might have been satisfied to be trailing by just one point at half-time, 1-5 to 0-7.
After the break points from Niamh Mulcahy and Caoimhe Costelloe put Limerick ahead for the first time since the opening minutes. Cork levelled through an Orla Cotter 45 only for Niamh Mulcahy to restore Limerick’s lead.
Amy Lee in the Cork goal pulled off another excellent save this time from Mary O’Callaghan as Limerick pushed the champions hard.
Cork made the changes illustrating the depth of their squad when dual All-Star Breige Corkery made an appearance. It was this experience that told at this point with Cork finishing with six unanswered points to run out winners on the day by 1-12 to 0-10.
Afterward Limerick’s management were delighted with their side’s performance and it is worth recalling that this is only Limerick’s second year back in Division 1. They will now be look forward to their first Senior Championship campaign for many years which opens at home to Offaly on 20th June and on the evidence of their League campaign they need have nothing to fear from any opposition.
Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 0-7 (3f), Rebecca Delee 0-2, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1
Síle Moynihan (Ahane), Marguerita McCarthy (Ahane), Lorraine McCarthy (Bruff), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Sarah Carey (C) (Granagh Ballingarry), Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Aoife Sheehan (Granagh Ballingarry), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Karen O'Leary (Newcastle West), Mary O'Callaghan (Bruff), Noreen Barry (Killeedy), Donna Mulcahy (Killeedy)
Laura O'Neill (Na Piarsaigh), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen) Aoife Wilson (Na Piarsaigh), Sinéad McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), Leanne Browne (Newcastle West), Tara Fitzgibbon (Ballyagran), Rebecca Noonan (Granagh Ballingarry), Aishling Scanlon (Killeedy), Sinéad Madden (Mungret St Pauls), Chloe O'Brien (Ballyagran)