Cork were in action again today with the Ladies Senior Football team playing Monaghan in the All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2
match played at O’Connor Park, Tullamore
As an advocate of Ladies GAA and GAA in general I was there to see two cork teams play some outstanding football.
The seniors were first to take to the pitch at 3:15 against Monaghan and got off to a great start from the throw in.
Within the first minute Cork were on the offensive with Corks Orla Finn kicking wide from a 25 yard free.
The Monaghan back line stood tough, and Cora Courtney for Monaghan seemed to be the danger for Cork early on making outstanding runs up the field.
Nine minutes in either team has yet to get on the scoreboard both putting good chances wide until Ciara o sullivan score from a great pass from Doireann o sullivan to open the Rebels scoring.
Monaghan opened their scoring with Rosemary Courtney converting from a free worked in from the half back line. A tight game at this point only one point a piece.
The game finally started to heat up when Orla Finn takes her first score of the game in the 19th minute.
Ciara McAnespie of Monaghan replies with a point from play. While Aine O Sullivan replies with a score right from the kick out. 4 pts to 3 to Monaghan.
Cork were looking to level the score before half time making good runs forward. But Monaghan turn over a Cork free and are attacking again.
Cork draw level with Orla Finn scoring levelling the sides 4 pts each with 1 minute of time remaining in the opening half.
With the second half underway
Monaghan defence started very deep with at least 10 players inside their own half. On the attack in the first few minutes but putting wide.
The second half was a little more open compared to the first with both teams going point for point. Monaghan take a point to which Cork Sub Niamh Cotter kicks a reply point for her first of the game.
Doireann O Sullivan kicks a wonder score to make it 9 points to 8 half way through second half.
Controversy as a Monaghan shot Hits the crossbar and rebounds downward. The ref and umpires speak and award the goal to Monaghan Cork trail 1-9 to – 11
Just over 9 mins remaining the atmosphere changed with Cork fans cheering louder.
Cork bring on Libby Coppinger as Orla Finn goes off, and a Cork free with E. Scally scoring again to make it al level.
With 4 Minutes to play 13 Monaghan players inside the 30 yard line and Cork finding it hard to penetrate but Eimear Scally points a great score making it the Rebels 13 points to 1-9
Corks experience was on display with Passing, Slowing down the play and holding the ball.
The match ended with Cork 14 pts to Monaghan 1-10. And the ladies get the job done.
They now progress after a wonderful display of football.
M O’Brien; E Meaney, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, B Stack, S Kelly; A Hutchings, O Farmer; C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, A Walsh; E Scally, Á O’Sullivan, O Finn.
N Cotter for Walsh (35), J O’Shea for Farmer (43), L Coppinger for Finn (56), B O’Sullivan for Á O’Sullivan (57).
E Scally (1f) & O Finn (3f) 0-5 each, N Cotter, C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan & Á O’Sullivan 0-1 each.