Cork had all but won the game by half-time leaving Dublin with much to ponder ahead of next weeks league encounter with Tipperary
Cork laid down their intentions for this years League with an emphatic win over Dublin this afternoon in MU Cork to get their Very Camogie League Division 1A campaign of to a winning start.
The star of the show was Cork’s Amy O’Connor who finished with 1-07 to her name in a player of the match display which Dublin found too hot to handle.
Dublin struggled against Corks movement, pace and scoring power throughout the game and offered very little threat at the other end of the pitch.
It’s only the opening game of this years League so it would be foolish to panic from a Dublin perspective, but there will certainly be a need to address the tactics employed today as they didn’t work.
Muireann Kelleher was named at centre forward yet was deployed in the Dublin defensive unit for the game, the extra body had no effect in curbing Cork exploiting space and their forwards had a field day with all bar two of their scores coming from play.
At the other end of pitch Aisling Maher was isolated up front, outnumbered and starved of possession for the majority of the game.
And Aisling O’Neill who lit up the league and championship with some excellent scoring performances last season and was nominated for an All-Star was named at corner forward but spent the majority of the game around the middle third which again blunted the Dublin attack.
Of course college competitions last weekend may have had an influence on the availability of players for today’s game which in turn determined team selection and the tactics for the game, but going forward Dublin certainly need to get Maher and O’Neill more involved at the top end of the pitch.
Cork got off to a flying start and led 2-06 to no score inside the opening quarter with Amy O’Connor bagging 1-04 and Katrina Mackey scoring the other goal.
Dublin finally got off the mark in the 18th minute with a point from Aisling Maher but Cork added further points from Amy O’Connor (2), Orlaith Cahalane, Sorcha McCartan and Cliona Healy before the break to lead 2-11 to 0-01 at the short whistle to leave Dublin with a mountain to climb.
In the opening stages of the second half Dublin manufactured a rare chance in front of the Cork goal but Aisling Maher’s goal effort was saved by goalkeeper Amy Lee.
The hosts lead was further extended with a brace of points from O’Connor and one from Hannah Looney. Aisling Maher struck over a free to record only the second point of the game with forty seven minutes elapsed.
But Cork wrapped up the game a minute later working the ball across the face of the Dublin goal for second half substitute Ali Smith to finish to the net.
Aisling Maher with two points and one from substitute Aoife Whelan finished off the scoring for Dublin and Emma Murphy, Laura Hayes and Ali Smith adding three more points for Cork to round off a comprehensive and deserving win for the home side.
Scorers – Cork – Amy O’Connor 1-07(2f), Ali Smith 1-01, Katrina Mackey 1-00, Laura Hayes 0-02, Sorcha McCartan 0-02, Orlaith Cahalane 0-01, Fiona Keating 0-01, Cliona Healy 0-01, Hannah Looney 0-01, Emma Murphy 0-01.
Dublin – Aisling Maher 0-04(2f), Aoife Whelan 0-01.
Cork: Amy Lee, Aisling Egan, Libby Coppinger, Meabh Cahalane, Pamela Mackey, Aoife Healy, Laura Hayes, Saoirse McCarthy, Fiona Keating, Orlaith Cahalane, Chloe Sigerson, Cliona Healy, Amy O’Connor, Katrina Mackey, Sorcha McCartan.
Cork Substitutions: Izzy O’Regan for Katrina Mackey (22), Hannah Looney for Orlaith Cahalane (HT), Emma Murphy for Sorcha McCartan (HT), Meabh Murphy for Aoife Healy (42), Ali Smith for Aisling Egan (42), Kate Wall for Fiona Keating (44)
Dublin: Eabha Mooney, Emma O’Byrne, Eve O’Brien, Abby Ryan, Kate Kilcommins, Claire Gannon, Hannah O’Dea, Elyse Jamieson Murphy, Sinead Murphy, Grace O’Shea, Gaby Couch, Aisling Gannon, Aisling O’Neill, Muireann Kelleher, Aisling Maher.
Dublin Substitutions: Christine Shannahan for Emma O’Byrne (13), Ellen Baker for Sinead Murphy (29), Aoife Heffernan for Aisling Gannon (44), Aoife Whelan for Hannah O’Dea (45), Alex Buckley for Aisling O’Neill (60), Juliette O’Flynn for Gaby Couch.