Dublin Camogie Minors Impress In Victory Over Reigning All Ireland Champions Cork
The Dublin Camogie minors put in an impressive performance this afternoon in Bray Emmets GAA Club to defeat reigning All Ireland holders Cork in the opening round of the Tesco All Ireland championship.
Weather conditions were awful in the Bray venue as Storm Dennis displayed its full array of wind and rain and the players from both Dublin and Cork are to be commended for providing an exciting, physical and entertaining game for the hardy spectators in attendance.
Dublin’s excellent performance was built on a ravenous work-rate, tigerish defending, accurate passing, secure handling and powerful carrying of the ball.
The Dublin defence was rock solid throughout with Elyse Jamieson Murphy and Kerri Milne providing a steel spine to the defensive unit.
Ellen Dunphy and Meadhbh Hicks controlled the middle of the park and up front the accuracy of Niamh Comerford, industry of Katie McDonald and defence splitting runs and point taking from Aisling O’Neill piled the pressure on Cork.
Dublin came flying out of the blocks and raced into a three point lead inside the opening eight minutes. Aishling O’Neill who impressed throughout hit two excellent efforts from play and Niamh Comerford who finished top scorer on the day split the posts from a free.
Two minutes later and the sides were all square when Rebecca Sheehan got in behind the Dubs defence to finish to the net.
From there till the half time whistle it was a thrilling battle, Dublin swarmed around their Cork counterparts at every opportunity and that pressure resulted in the ball being turned over on numerous occasions.
Another excellent dead ball strike from Niamh Comerford regained the lead for Dublin in the 14th minute. Cork responded with a fine strike from Ciara Golden to level things up.
With five minutes to the break Dublin won a 45’ which Comerford dispatched with ease. A pointed free from Corks Clodagh Finn brought parity again with the game in first half added time.
But two points in as many minutes from Niamh Comerford from a free and a brilliant effort from the wing by Katie McDonald gave the Dublin Camogie minors a two point lead at the short whistle with the score 0-07 to 1-02.
Cork playing with the strong wind at their backs wiped out the deficit six minutes into the second half with a brace of points from Daire O’Brien, one from a free and the other from open play.
Dublin introduced Caitlin Coffey into the game and she made a huge impact off the bench breaking up a number of Cork attacks. Coffey got onto a huge amount of ball and instigated a number of Dublin attacks.
A Niamh Comerford pointed free and a fine effort from the ever dangerous Aisling O’Neill restored the Dubs two point lead. An Ali Smith point for Cork put the bare minimum between the side with 14 minutes left in the game.
As the rain continued to pour down John O’Connells Dublin side dealt better with the conditions and hit an unanswered 1-02. An excellent point from midfielder Ellen Dunphy was followed by a fifth successful free from Niamh Comerford with just nine minutes of normal playing time to go.
Comerford was on hand again to finish emphatically to the net to give Dublin a six point advantage as the game entered added time.
In fairness to Cork they gave it one last push and piled on the pressure to the final whistle. Isobella Sheehan and Ali Smith pointed within seconds of each other to reduce the deficit to four.
Another excellent point from Aisling O’Neill the fourth of the game for the Dublin corner-forward extended the lead. It was to prove too much for Cork to overturn and they had to make do with a point from Claire Kingston from play and a converted free from Ali Smith and Dublin ran out deserving winners by three points.
Next up for the Dublin Camogie minors is an away trip to face Waterford in two weeks time
12. Niamh Comerford 1-06 (5f, 1 ’45)
13. Aisling O’Neill 0-04
10. Katie McDonald 0-01
8. Ellen Dunphy 0-01
15. Rebecca Sheehan 1-00
14. Ali Smith 0-03 (1f)
6. Daire O’Brien 0-02 (1f)
10. Ciara Golden 0-01
12. Clodagh Finn 0-01
8. Isobella Sheehan 0-01
3. Claire Kingston 0-01
1. Ciara Jones
2. Ali Dunne
3. Kerri Milne
4. Rachel Seery
5. Cara Feeney
6. Elyse Jamieson Murphy
7. Ciara Clohessy
8. Ellen Dunphy
9. Meadhbh Hicks
10. Katie McDonald
11. Emily Byrne
12. Niamh Comerford
13. Aisling O’Neill
14. Roisin Ni Chathasaigh
15. Lucy Quinn
22. Christine Shanahan for 4. Rachel Seery (35)
21. Caitlin Coffey for 11. Emily Byrne (38)
19. Anna Sullivan for 9. Meadhbh Hicks (39)
20. Aoife Deegan for 15. Lucy Quinn (52)
1. Caoimhe Buckley
2. Meabhdh Murphy
3. Claire Kingston
4. Grace Ryan
5. Hannah Sexton
6. Daire O’Brien
21. Cliona Dooley
8. Isobella Sheehan
9. Olivia McAllen
10. Ciara Golden
11. Claudie Keane
12. Clodagh Finn
13. Ciara Irwin
14. Ali Smith
15. Rebecca Sheehan
25. Tara McCarthy for 15. Rebecca Sheehan (31)
24. Katylynn Dinneen for 10. Ciara Golden (52)
26. Meabhdh Ring for 9. Olivia McAllen (61)
22. Jenny Doyle for 4. Grace Ryan (62)
Referee: Owen Elliott