Limerick 1-11 (0-6) Cork 0-7 (0-4)
Irish Daily Star National League Division 1 Play-off
Saturday 2nd March in Mallow GAA
Limerick secured a place in the Division 1 Camogie League semi-final with an impressive 1-11 to 0-7 win over All-Ireland champions Cork. The Limerick team who in the opening game of the campaign recorded their first win over the Rebels in 12 years have now backed it up with a serious statement of intent winning on by a larger margin on an almost identical scoreline.
Limerick opened the scoring with two excellent Niamh Mulcahy frees from inside the Limerick half. Sinéad McNamara then added a point from play to give Limerick an early three point lead. However Cork pegged them back in a half that was played with a championship intensity. Rebecca Noonan joined in the scoring and two more scores from Niamh Mulcahy before the break sent Limerick in ahead 0-6 to 0-4.
In a tightly contested game it was a strong collective performance from Limerick with players covering a lot of ground and a well organized defence successfully containing Cork's potent attack. Notably full-forward and dual star Briege Corkery scored only once before she was withdrawn and Orla Cotter was kept scoreless from play. Encouragingly it was some of Limerick's younger players who impressed, with Karen O'Leary and Deborah Murphy showing huge workrate around the middle of the field and Sinéad McNamara a constant threat in attack.
Cork scored first in the second half and had closed the gap to a point when Niamh Ryan hit the back of the net to put Limerick ahead 1-6 to 0-5. The Limerick substitute capitalized when the Cork keeper failed to deal with a ball played into the square by Niamh Mulcahy after a strong break through the middle. From there on Cork were on the back foot and Sinead McNamara and Niamh Mulcahy added to their tallies to send Limerick through to their second semi-final in successive years and a clash with Galway on April 17th.
It has been a promising start to the season with the team building on the strides made in the last few years and now the challenge is to take that to the next level and having defeated the All-Ireland champions twice already a League Final appearance would be a big step in that direction.
Niamh Mulcahy 0-8 (6 frees), Niamh Ryan 1-0, Sinead McNamara 0-2, Rebecca Noonan 0-1
Orla Cotter 0-2 (2 frees), Hannah Looney 0-2, Briege Corkery 0-1, Orla Cronin 0-1, Finola Neville 0-1
Limerick: Claire Keating (Cappamore), Marguerite McCarthy (Ahane), Lorraine McCarthy (Bruff), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Niamh Richardson (Murroe Boher), Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry), Karen O'Leary (Newcastle West), Mary O'Callaghan (Bruff), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane), Rebecca Noonan (Granagh Ballingarry), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Sinéad McNamara (Na Piarsaigh)
Subs: Niamh Ryan (Bruff) for Mary O'Callaghan – 43mins, Siobhán Enright (Granagh Ballingarry) for Rebecca Noonan – 50 mins
Limerick 3-11 (1-8) Waterford 1-4 (1-2)
All-Ireland Minor A Championship
Sunday 3rd April in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale
Limerick' minors defeated Waterford by 3-11 to 1-4 in their final group game to do their part of the equation to secure a semi-final place but unfortunately Cork's win over Wexford means the Rebels secure the second semi-final slot.
Limerick went into the match knowing that even if Cork were to lose that they would need to beat Waterford by 12 points to be sure of qualification. The girls got out to the best possible start with a Caoimhe Lyons goal after three minutes opening up a 1-2 to 0-0 lead. Indeed Limerick had extended that lead when Waterford got off the mark with a goal from the impressive Beth Carton. Limerick were well on top heading to half-time with Marian Quaid and Ellanna Mulcahy dominating from half-back and Róisín O'Mara causing all sorts of problems down the left side and added a few additional points to go in at the break 1ahead 1-8 to 1-2.
Waterford opened the second half scoring with a Beth Carton free but it weren't to get another score until the final score of the game. Caoimhe Lyons got a second goal 12 minutes into the half to put the result beyond doubt. And from there Limerick extended their lead as they chased the necessary result. 5 minutes from the end substitute Sophie O'Callaghan added a third Limerick goal to bring Limerick's lead to 3-11 to 1-3. Waterford were to get a final score but the day was Limerick's.
Unfortunately results elsewhere did not go their way and Cork's 1-12 to 0-7 win over Wexford sealed Limerick's exit from this year's championship. Overall a very positive campaign from this impressive group of players ably managed by former senior captain Michelle Casey. They will take a well earned break and regroup for the Munster Championship in July.
Limerick Scorers: Caoimhe Lyons 2-2, Liz Carmody 0-3 (all frees), Ellanna Mulcahy 0-3, Sophie O'Callaghan 1-0, Róisín O'Mara 0-2, Chloe O'Brien 0-1
Waterford Scorers: Beth Carton 1-4 (3 frees)
Limerick: Aoife Barry (Murroe Boher), Saoirse Barry (Murroe Boher), Caoimhe O'Brien (Bruff), Alice O'Connor (Newcastle West), Siobhán Tangney (Croagh Kilfinny), Marian Quaid (Bruff), Ellanna Mulcahy (Killeedy), Dearbhal Egan (Crecora), Grainne Regan (Murroe Boher), Liz Carmody (Newcastle West), Laura Stack (Milford), Rachel Considine (Na Piarsaigh), Chloe O'Brien (Ballyagran), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), Róisín O'Mara (Ahane)
Subs: Leah Riordan (Ballyagran) for Rachel Considine – 49 mins, Sophie O'Callaghan (Adare) for Caoimhe Lyons – 52 mins, Emma Herbert (Newcastle West) for Aoife Barry – 46 mins.