Ruth­less Re­belettes se­cure place in fi­nal

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RESULTS / ROUND-UP -

ASEC­OND-HALF power-play by Cork en­sured that the cham­pi­ons’ place in the Lib­erty In­sur­ance All-Ire­land Se­nior Camo­gie fi­nal was as­sured with a quar­ter of an hour re­main­ing.

The 12-point mar­gin does scant jus­tice to Tip­per­ary’s ef­forts how­ever, and it was prob­a­bly a com­bi­na­tion of tired­ness creep­ing in from their workrate and Cork step­ping through the gears that con­trib­uted to the Rebels’ in­crease in scor­ing rate.

Pamela Mackey picked up the Cham­pi­onship’s lead­ing scorer Cáit De­vane, who came into the game with 4-41 to her credit.

The Clonoulty-Ross­more star brought Mackey out to­wards the cen­tre of the field, as Tipp opted to leave the pacy Sarah Fry­day and Grace O’Brien in­side.

Mean­while, it was Hannah Looney drop­ping deep for Cork and the dual player from Kil­leagh went on to have a tremen­dous game.

Tip­per­ary went in at half time trail­ing by just 0-9 to 0-6. They ac­tu­ally hit the front thanks to a suc­cess­ful De­vane free, but Cork re­sponded with a mon­ster free by wing-back and player of the match Chloe Siger­son.

A cou­ple of frees from Orla Cot­ter, who was unerring through­out and fin­ished with nine points, gave Cork a lead that they would never yield. Caoimhe Burke made an ex­cel­lent save from Ka­t­rina Mackey and it is a tes­ta­ment to the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Tip­per­ary de­fence, in which Karen Kennedy in par­tic­u­lar shone, that it was the only sniff of a ma­jor Cork had.

De­vane con­verted a cou­ple more frees to keep her side in con­tention and af­ter Siger­son, Ka­t­rina Mackey and Cot­ter pointed, Tipp re­sponded with scores from Caoimhe Ma­her and O’Brien to leave the three be­tween them at the break.

Ma­her’s score could eas­ily have been a goal and it came at the end of an ex­cel­lent move in­volv­ing Fry­day and Ciardha Ma­her but her ris­ing shot flew inches over the bar.

Tipp missed two good op­por­tu­ni­ties to get within touch­ing dis­tance soon af­ter the restart and were pun­ished as Cork hit four points on the trot.

O’Dwyer stopped the rot mo­men­tar­ily but the Leesiders struck the next five, in­clud­ing a brace from sub­sti­tute Linda Collins. De­vane and Fry­day did find the tar­get for Tipp but Paudie Mur­ray was emp­ty­ing his bench and in the end, must have been sat­is­fied to have eight in­di­vid­ual scor­ers, in­clud­ing a cou­ple from his subs.

The mo­ment ev­ery­one was wait­ing for ar­rived in the 58th minute, with the in­tro­duc­tion of re­turn­ing leg­end Briege Cork­ery af­ter a two-year ab­sence.

The Clough­duv player raised a cheer with her first touch but the pri­mary goal had been achieved, with Cork back in the All-Ire­land fi­nal.

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