Limerick 1-11 (0-7) Cork 0-9 (0-3)
Irish Daily Star National League Division 1
Sunday 21st February 2016 at 2pm
Mick Neville Park,
Limerick got their Camogie League campaign off to the best possible start with an impressive 1-11 to 0-9 win over All-Ireland champions Cork in on Sunday. The game was entertaining with a high standard on display from both sides despite the wet and windy conditions.
Both sides had their share of new faces as John Tuohy's reign as manager got off to a flying start. Limerick, led by captain Lorraine McCarthy of , looked the more side from the throw-in and opened the scoring immediately with a Niamh free. With Sarah Carey strong in midfield and a new look half-back combination defending well Cork found it hard to get out of their own half in the opening quarter. Strong pressure in this period allowed Limerick to go seven points clear though scores from Niamh and .
Cork began to settle as half time approached and finally got on the scoreboard through a free converted by captain Orla Cotter on the 18th minute. Orla and Mackey followed up with a point each from play to close the gap to four at the break.
Limerick started the second half as they had the first with getting her second point from play inside the first minute. Cork responded with an Orla Cotter free and a point from play from corner forward Linda Collins to close the gap to three.
Limerick were playing into the breeze now and a free from Niamh dropped short into the goal mouth to be batted down by Cork goalie Amy Lee. It was Na McNamara who reacted quickest to kick the ball into the back of the net to give Limerick a 1-8 to 0-5 lead 10 minutes into the second half.
Cork responded with a second point from Mackey but Limerick were defending well and scores were going to be hard to come by.
A brace of frees from Niamh extended Limerick's lead to seven on the quarter hour mark.
Cork piled on the pressure as they were forced to look for a goal. However the Limerick held firm and Cork could only add two more scores from Orla Cotter frees while Niamh responded with one for Limerick to leave the score at the final whistle Limerick 1-11 Cork 0-9.
It was a well deserved victory for the Limerick girls who lead throughout and a great start to the year. Limerick have a bye next week and will regroup for an away trip to Waterford in Round 3 on 13th March. This will be followed by a trip to Derry before they host in the final round on 27th March.
Limerick Scorers: Niamh 0-8 (6 frees), 0-3 (1 free), McNamara 1-0
Cork Scorers: Orla Cotter 0-6 (5 frees), Mackey 0-2, Linda Collins 0-1
Claire Keating (), Noreen Barry (), Lorraine McCarthy ( – ), Judith (), Rebecca (Newcastle West), Fiona Hickey ( ), Niamh Richardson ( ), Sarah Carey ( ), Karen O'Leary (Newcastle West), Enright ( ), Lane (Adare), Niamh (), Mary O'Callaghan (), (Adare), McNamara (Na )
Subs: 40 mins Marguerite McCarthy () for Noreen Barry, 42 mins Creamer () for Lane, 57 mins Deborah Murphy () for McNamara
Subs not used: Síle Moynihan (Ahane), Leanne Browne (Newcastle West), Rebecca Noonan (Granagh Ballingarry), Donna Mulcahy (Killeedy), Katie Hennessey (Ballyagran), Sinéad Madden (Mungret St Pauls), Sarah Crotty (Ahane), Laura O'Neill (Na Piarsaigh), Aisling Ryan (Granagh Ballingarry), Deirdre Ward (Murroe Boher)
Management Team: John Tuohy (Manager/Coach), Shirley (Selector), James Brown (Stats), Sarah Fitzgerald (Physio), Declan Nash (Strength/Conditioner)
Limerick 3-12 (3-4) Wexford 2-5 (1-3)
Minor A Camogie Championship
Saturday 20th February 2016 at 2pm
St Martin's GAA, , Co. Wexford
A strong first half performance from Limerick's minor team gave them the start needed to press on for a great away win over Wexford in on Saturday. A brace of goals from Lyons and one from Na Rachael were the foundation but it was the of Newcastle West's Liz that caught the eye as she came away with an impressive ten point haul. But it was a strong team performance that sealed the win with the whole team battling hard in tough conditions to set up a second round clash with Cork on Saturday in LIT.
Liz 0-10, Lyons 2-1, Rachael 1-0, O'Mara 0-1
Aoife Barry ( ), Saoirse Barry ( ), O'Brien (), Connie Sheehan (), Tangney ( ), Marian Quaid (), ( – ), Reynolds (), Regan (), Chloe O'Brien (), Laura Stack (Milford), Leah Riordan (), O'Mara (), Lyons (), Rachel (Na ),
Emma Herbert (Newcastle West), Tangney ( ), Emily Rose (), O'Reilly (), Emma Barry (), Tanya McNamara (), Egan (), Sophie O'Callaghan (Adare), Liz (Newcastle West), Alice O'Connor (Newcastle West), Orla Ryan (), Stacey Flynn (), Aoife Coughlan (), Grainne Ryan ()
Manager - Michelle Casey