All-Ireland Minor Camogie Championship Round 2
Sunday March 24th 2pm
Mahon Camogie Grounds, Cork
Limerick Minor Camogie played Cork in Round 2 of their All Ireland Championship today Sunday March 24th. Conditions were icy cold, with a bitter breeze blowing in Cork Camogie Grounds in Mahon.
Tipperary Ref John Dolan presided over the game and Cork got off to a good start after the throw in with a point from a free. Despite some hard work by Limerick, who were playing against a strong breeze, they had to wait until the 9th minute before their first score, a well taken free by full forward Caoimhe Costello. Cork and Limerick traded points, both from frees, to level the score. However, within minutes Cork caught Limerick unawares and raised the green flag. Limerick girls fought bravely throughout the field but were unable to register any further scores in this half while Cork forwards scored a further two points from play. Half-time: Limerick 0-02 Cork 1-04.
In the second half Limerick were playing with the breeze and this served them better. Again, Cork got the first point of the half but the Limerick backs fielded some great ball into the full forward line and it paid off with Caoimhe rattling the back of the Rebelettes net. Both sides next traded points from frees. Three points only separated the teams at this stage in the match. Substitutes Katie Hennessey and Deniese Forde came in instead of Claire Keating and Orla Cunningham and Martina McMahon was brought up from full back to the centre forward position. Martina made her mark shortly after by popping the ball over the bar which Cork quickly cancelled out with a score of their own. Unfortunately despite a tremendous work rate by the Limerick girls, Cork broke Limerick hearts by scoring a second goal to put 6 points between the teams. Willie Banks’ Treatyettes never dropped their heads and fought to the bitter end scoring two more points, Caoimhe with a free, and a point from play from Aoife Wilson. But Cork finished the stronger scoring two more points to leave the final score Cork 2-09 Limerick 1-06.
Next Saturday’s games will determine whether Limerick will continue to progress in the Championship. Wins for Limerick v Clare and Cork v Galway will see Limerick and Galway on equal points and both teams will be in a playoff on April 6th. The winner progresses to the All Ireland semifinals. So all to play for next weekend!!
Team: Orla Condon, Miren O’Grady, Martina McMahon, Shannyn Sheehan, Jane Wilson, Rebecca Delee, Donna Mulcahy, Meadhbh O’Neill, Karen O’Leary, Deborah Murphy, Claire Keating, Orla Cunningham, Aoife Wilson, Caoimhe Costello, Sinead McNamara.