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Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final – Waterford 2-9 Kildare 1-5

Waterford defeated Kildare by 2-9 to 1-5 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 13th at Croke Park.

Waterford 2-9 Kildare 1-5

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

Waterford completed a memorable double by adding the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland intermediate camogie title to the Division 2 league crown they won earlier in the year.

That means that Stephen Fleming’s crew will be operating at the top table in both competitions next year and with five minors starting this game, it is evident that they are a force for the future.

They had to recover from a very slow start to record a third win over Kildare this season as the premier junior champions of 2013 made a bold bid for honours. In the end, it was two goals at either end of half time that decided the issue. While the scoring rate wasn’t particularly high, the heavy rain that persisted for most of the game had much to do with that.

So too did the defensive structures of both sides, with Kildare drawing two half-forwards deep and Niamh Rockett filling a similar role for Waterford. It was Kildare that started best with a third minute goal from Noelle Earley, followed by points from Melissa Lyons and Emer Reilly.

Waterford, starting with five minor players, gradually settled into the game though as Lorraine Bray and Trish Jackman got on top around midfield and scored 2-4 without reply. Beth Carton got them off the mark and she followed up from a free before Bray and Jennie Simpson reduced the margin to one

The first goal came in the 29th minute when Aisling Power showed good strength before rifling to the Kildare net. The second arrived two minutes into the second half, when Beth Carton sent a powerful shot beyond the Lilywhite defenders from an angled 20m free and it was Waterford’s to lose from that juncture.

Kildare tried hard but they just couldn’t get enough possession to the forwards that had looked so dangerous early on. It took until the 52nd minute for the Kildare captain, Susie O’Carroll to get her first score of the game, and though she followed up with another excellent effort three minutes later, it was Waterford that had the final say.

Fittingly, the closing credits featured midfield partners Jackman and Bray, with the former slotting a free before Bray profited from tremendous work by Carton to slot her third point from play, just as she was announced as player of the match.

Scorers – Waterford: B Carton 1-2(1-1fs); L Bray 0-3; A Power 1-0; T Jackman (f),J Simpson, N Morrissey, N Rockett 0-1 each
Kildare: N Earley 1-0; S O’Carroll (1f), M Lyons 0-2 each; E Reilly 0-1

Waterford: D Brennan, K McMahon, C Whyte, V Falconer, J Simpson, C Raher, I Heffernan, T Jackman, L Bray, C McGlone, N Morrissey, B Carton, D Power, N Rockett, A Power
Subs: S Curran for D Power (28), V O’Brien for Rockett (46), Rockett for Morrissey (48), C Murphy for McGlone (56)

Kildare: R O’Connell, C Flanagan, C Nolan, F Trant, A Lyons, R Gorman, C Farrell, C Forde, O Bambury, L Keatley, S Hurley, E Reilly, S O’Carroll, N Earley, M Lyons
Subs: H McDonnell for Forde (50), D Byrne for Trant (52)

Referee: J Byrne (Dublin)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final – Cork 1-13 Galway 0-9

Cork defeated Galway by 1-13 to 0-9 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 13th at Croke Park.

Cork 1-13 Galway 0-9

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

It was considered improbable by most observers at the beginning of the season but champions Cork made it two Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior camogie titles in a row with a resolutely professional performance at Croke Park.

Having lost 13 players from the panel that scaled the summit 12 months ago, nobody gave them a prayer of making a return. Only managing to emerge from their group in third place after defeats to Wexford and Galway, who had also accounted for them in the league decider, seemed to confirm that notion but not for the first time, they showed their mettle once it came to the knockout stages.

Briege Corkery settled the game with a 54th minute goal and brought her individual tally of All-Ireland senior medals to 15, six of which have come in camogie. That record is matched by team-mate Rena Buckley and the pair will be pursuing number 16 in the ladies football final in two weeks. Cork also move joint top of camogie’s championship roll of honour, with this victory bringing them alongside Dublin on 26 titles.

The Leesiders produced a wonderfully committed performance, with a number of standout showings. Gemma O’Connor and Orla Cotter were the real stars though, while Laura Treacy and team captain, Ashling Thompson produced wonderful displays too.

Thompson hailed the undying spirit of Paudie Murray’s squad. “Unless you break your legs, you have to keep going” she smiled. “This is what we came here to do. Every team gets a purple patch and we said that at half time. It was nil-nil again. Some people don’t even know the score. We never take any notice.

“We never threw in the towel and that’s the difference between Cork camogie and anyone else. When the going gets tough, who’s going to throw the towel in first and that certainly wasn’t us so we got the result we wanted today.”

Cork dominated the first half completely and should have led by more than four points (0-8 to 0-4) at the change of ends. Galway certainly seemed off the pace slightly in the first half as O’Connor hoovered up possession effortlessly, while Cotter came up with some big plays. Had they offloaded a little earlier having created a number of overlaps, they might have put Galway away.

Thompson got the champions off the mark with an early point and Cotter notched up the first three of seven points, with Niamh McGrath landing a brilliant equaliser from the left wing from Galway. That was to be the Tribeswomen’s only score from play until Aoife Donohue struck and they never carried a sufficient offensive threat.

McGrath, who scored all bar that Donohue point for Galway, kept Tony Ward’s team in touch but with Cotter and Corkery doing the business at the other end, it was double scores at the break. Galway thundered into the fray after the resumption though and three pointed frees McGrath, including one from just short of the 65m line, reduced the margin to one.

The challengers were in full flow now with Lorraine Ryan in no mood to yield, while Heather Cooney made a stunning block to deny a certain goal. Julia White also had a goal correctly ruled out for a square ball but Cotter came up with a big point from play to stop the rot and Cork never really looked back.

Once Corkery intercepted Shauna Healy’s attempted clearance and raced through to slot calmly to the Galway net, Cork opened their shoulders and Thompson landed a monstrous score late on, followed by a Katrina Mackey point to signal the start of the celebrations. “We love being the underdog” said Thompson. We should all really know better.

Scorers – Cork: O Cotter 0-7(5fs); B Corkery 1-1; A Thompson 0-2; O Cronin, A O’Connor, K Mackey 0-1 each
Galway: N McGrath 0-8(7fs); A Donohue 0-1

Cork: A Murray, P Mackey, L Treacy, L O’Sullivan, R Buckley, G O’Connor, M Cahalane, O Cotter, A Thompson, J White, O Cronin, K Mackey, H Looney, B Corkery, A O’Connor
Subs: E O’Sullivan for Looney (35); M Walsh for O’Sullivan (60+2)

Galway: S Earner, T Manton, S Dervan, H Cooney, S Coen, S Healy, L Ryan, N Kilkenny, C McGrath, A Donohue, N McGrath, F Keeley, C Finnerty, M Dunne, A O’Reilly
Subs: J Gill for Finnerty (ht), S Cahalan for Healy (58), R Hennelly for C McGrath (60+1)

Referee: R Kelly (Kildare)

Fixture Details

Sunday 13th September 2015
Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Final
Cork v Galway @ 4pm in Croke Park
Referee: Ray Kelly

Team News

Manager Paudie Murray has named an unchanged team from their Semi Final victory against Kilkenny.

It means Ballinhassig’s Eimear O’Sullivan misses out on a starting place, but last years Player of the Match will be a strong defensive option off the bench after her early return from injury.

This Rebel selection retains ten of last years All Ireland winning side, with Leanne O’Sullivan, Meadbh Cahalane, Orla Cronin, Amy O’Connor and Hannah Looney afforded the All Ireland Final appearance this year, and the opportunity to contribute towards bringing the O’Duffy Cup back Leeside.

The Cork Team in full is as follows;

1. Aoife Murray
2. Rena Buckley
3. Laura Treacy
4. Leanne O’Sullivan
5. Pamela Mackey
6. Gemma O’Connor
7. Meadbh Cahalane
8. Julia White
9. Ashling Thompson
10. Orla Cotter
11. Orla Cronin
12. Katrina Mackey
13. Breige Corkery
14. Amy O’Connor
15. Hannah Looney

Meanwhile, the Galway team shows one change, one enforced change see’s Finola Keeley replaces Emma Kilkelly who picked up a cruciate ligament injury in their semi final win over Wexford.

Here’s the Galway team in full –

1. Susan Earner
2. Therese Manton
3. Sarah Dervan
4. Heather Cooney
5. Siobhan Coen
6. Shauna Healy
7. Lorraine Ryan
8. Niamh Kilkenny
9. Clodagh McGrath
10. Aoife Donohue
11. Niamh McGrath
12. Finola Keeley
13. Catherine Finnerty
14. Molly Dunne
15. Ailish O’Reilly