Dublin Handed Heavy Defeat By Dominant Cork Side


Cork had all but won this opening round game of the Minor All Ireland Camogie Championship by half-time

Dublin Minor Camogie team in a huddle before facing Cork in the All Ireland Minor Camogie Championship

Dublin 0-08

Cork 3-21

Cork handed Dublin a heavy defeat in the opening round of the Minor All Ireland Camogie Championship this afternoon in TUD Grangegorman.

The visitors blitzed Dublin in the first quarter of the game to build up an eighteen point lead helped in no small measure by three goals in that opening period.

By the half-time the game was all but wrapped up with Cork maintaining their eighteen point lead and limiting Dublin to just four first half points and just one of those from play.

Both sides emptied their benches in the second half and Cork took their foot somewhat of the pedal, but Dublin just couldn’t make any meaningful inroads into the deficit and Cork ran out comfortable winners.

Cork went straight at Dublin from the off and Bronnagh O’Shaughnessy slotted over a free inside the opening fifty seconds. O’Shaughnessy who impressed throughout the first half grabbed her second point two minutes later.

It got worse for Dublin in the fourth minute of the game when Ciara Morrison finished to the net and Dublin found themselves already five points behind.

Another point followed from Kate Fennessy and in the ninth minute Amy Sheppard grabbed Cork’s second goal and the writing was on the wall for Dublin.

The one way traffic continued with Cork adding six more unanswered points, two converted frees from Bronnagh O’Shaughnessy and a point apiece from play from Amy McCarthy, Niamh McNabola, Ellen Crowley and Amy Sheppard and the gap was suddenly fifteen points with only thirteen minutes gone on the game.

Dublin midfielder Zara Thorne finally got Dublin off the mark with a fine point in the fourteenth minute, Cork though all but wrapped up the win in their next meaningful attack.

Ellen Crowley collected the ball on the left wing and drove at the Dublin goal, it looked like the Dublin defence had cut off her route to goal by forcing Crowley along the end line, but the Cork corner forward smashed her shot from a tight angle into the top left hand corner of the net for Cork’s third goal.

The same player added a nice point moments later, Dublin’s Kerri Austin converted a free with ten minutes to the break.

Austin would add two more converted frees before the half-time whistle but two points from Kate Fennessy and one from Ciara Morrison guaranteed Cork would take an eighteen point lead with them into the break with the half-time score 3-13 to 0-04.

Unsurprisingly both sides emptied their respective benches in the second half and with such a large lead Cork’s intensity levels dropped somewhat but they added a further eight second half points to their total, six from second half substitute Emily O’Donoghue, five from frees and one from play and Kate Fennessy and Ciara Morrison with the other two.

Dublin managed just four more points after the break all from play scored by Helen Reynolds, Anna Thornton, Saoirse Behan and Tara Brady and Cork ran out comfortable winners by twenty two points.

Scorers – Dublin – Kerri Austin 0-03 (3f), Zara Thorne 0-01, Helen Reynolds 0-01, Anna Thornton 0-01, Saoirse Behan 0-01, Tara Brady 0-01. – Cork – Emily O’Donoghue 0-06 (5f), Ciara Morrison 1-02, Ellen Crowley 1-02, Bronnagh O’Shaughnessy 0-04 (3f), Kate Fennessy 0-04, Amy Sheppard 1-01, Amy McCarthy 0-01, Niamh McNabola 0-01.

Dublin: Mia Farrell, Milly Hughes, Sibeal Cherry, Aoife Byrne, Caoimhe Tierney, Sarah Power, Nicola Cotter, Zara Thorne, Eimear Kehoe, Anna Thornton, Helen Reynolds, Kerri Austin, Aoibheann Stokes, Emily Fogarty, Amy Carey.

Dublin Substitutions: Nina Brennan for Eimear Kehoe (19), Mia Browne for Caoimhe Tierney (23), Caoimhe French for Kerri Austin (37), Anna Simpson for Emily Fogarty (38), Caoimhe Begley for Anna Thornton (47), Saoirse Behan for Helen Reynolds (47), Tara Brady for Aoibheann Stokes (51).

Cork: Jill Connaughton, Meabdh de Burca, Caoimhe O’Donoghue, Rachel Roche, Sinead Hurley, Ava Fitzgerald, Eimear Duignan, Amy McCarthy, Millie Condon, Niamh McNabola, Bronnagh O’Shaughnessy, Kate Fennessy, Ellen Crowley, Ciara Morrison, Amy Sheppard.

Cork Substitutions: Lucy O’Connell Amy Sheppard (30), Emily O’Donoghue for Bronnagh O’Shaughnessy (HT), Edel Sheehan for Caoimhe O’Donoghue (42), Grainne Finn for Ellen Crowley (42), Sarah Murphy for Niamh McNabola (50), Amy O’Riordan for Millie Condon (50), Amy O’Sullivan for Ava Fitzgerald (54), Laura Dunlea for Eimear Duignan (54).

Referee: Justin Heffernan.