|Double for Camogie Players - Monday, October 02, 2006
|Cork 2-9 Galway 1-7
A historic first for Cork camogie as the Senior B team added the inaugural title to the senior one annexed earlier in the year.
Five points separated them at the full time whistle after Galway had twice pegged back Cork lead to level matters but in the finish it was the girls sporting the red and white who were celebrating. Captain Miriam Deasy leading by example set the trend with a goal three minutes into the game after a good clearance from superb corner back Ann Marie Fleming was won on the edge of the square by Deasy who made no mistake from close range. Orla Cotter had converted a forty five metre free before Galway opened their account wit a Susan Keane point and two further points from Keane and Paula Kenny had the Cork advantage down to the minimum before Cotter converted her second forty five.
Cork at this stage were enjoying plenty of possession but over elaboration and over carrying saw them lose possession on several occasions, allowing Galway to enjoy plenty of possession, it was from over elaboration that Galway grabbed their first gaol, a cork defender penalise for over carrying saw Galway win a free, up stepped Susan Keane to struck a long range effort to the Cork net after a mix up in the Cork defence who seemed to call the ball but never reacted quickly enough. Cork rallied and finished the half stronger three unanswered points from Orla Cotter, Marie O Neill and Emer Watson helping them enjoy a 1-5 to 1-3 interval advantage,
We had to wait until seven minutes into the second half for the first score Emer Watson stretching the Cork lead to three with a well struck point, Galway began to settle and applied the pressure three points without reply inside five minutes had the side level but Orla Cotter settled a now nervous looking Cork with a point from close range. Back in the lead Cork came at Galway Orla cotter struck a long range free that looked to be heading wide but it struck the upright and bounced back into play where the alert Emer Watson doubled first time to the net. Cotter pointed free with eleven minutes remaining and from her to the finish there was only going to be one winner. Galway to their credit battled on but they had no answered to a superb Cork whose defence was magnificent through the hour, Sinead Corkery, Ann Marie Fleming and Deirdre Hayes solid and impassable in the inside line while the hard working Marie Corkery, Emer O Farrell and Linda Dorgan worked hard to ensure Cork maintained the upper hand through the hour.
Orla Cotter had two late points to which Galway’s goalkeeper Susan Earner replies when she came downfield to strike a penalty over the bar, by now it mattered little as the title was well on its way to Cork.
A wonderful boost for camogie in the county who once again are leading the way by becoming the only county to have won every adults All Ireland title having in previous years taken the Senior , intermediate and Junior.
A great day also for the seven players who were member of the senior panel that defeated Tipperary in the final
Hugely historic for Orla Cotter who made history by becoming the first paleyrs to have played in both senior final in the same year and to win both medals on the field of play something which will take some beating.
Cork G Harrington, A M Fleming, S Corkery, D Hayes, L O Connell, J Duffy, E O Sullivan, O Cotter, L Dorgan, M Corkery, M O Neill, E O Farrell, E Watson, M Deasy, M Watson, Subs L Hawkes for L O Sullivan, D Twomey fro M Deasy.
Galway S Earner, C Gil, Sinead Keane, L Flynn©, C Moran, F Healy, T Manton,
P Kenny, P Hayes, N Coen, M Conroy, E Kilkelly, Susan Keane, S Tannion, M Dunne.
REF John Morrissey Tipperary