Cork progress to All-Ireland camogie final

Cork prevailed over a tough Galway side in Saturday’s opening All-Ireland senior camogie semi-final on a score-line of 3-10 to 0-12 in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.

In what was a titanic battle between two honest teams, the Rebelettes finally saw off what was a stiff challenge from the ladies in maroon, with the score-line suggesting that perhaps it was a somewhat comfortable win for Cork.

But this was far from the truth. Cork struggled at times to cement their lead, with Aislinn Connolly and Veronica Curtin impressing for the Galway ladies.

However, with Jennifer O’Leary in scintillating form yet again, the ladies from Leeside pulled away, with O’Leary’s tireless 57th minute run setting up Katrina Mackey, who duly dispatched to the Galway net.

Galway raced 0-6 to 0-2 ahead early in the game, but Briege Corkery’s 17th minute goal earned Cork a half-time lead of 1-8 to 0-8.

Corner-forward Sile Burns added Cork’s third goal deep into injury-time, to ensure her side’s progression to the All-Ireland final, which will take place next month in Croke Park.

The aforementioned O’Leary was the deserved recipient of the player-of-the-match accolade, for the second successive championship game.

Cork: Aoife Murray; Jenny Duffy, Rena Buckley, Joanne O’Callaghan; Pamela Mackey, Gemma O’Connor (0-1), Eimear O’Sullivan; Jennifer O’Leary (0-4, 0-3f), Orla Cotter; Joanne Casey, Lynda Dorgan, Katrina Mackey (1-2); Sile Burns (1-1), Briege Corkery (1-1), Katie Buckley (0-1).
Subs: Anna Geary for Buckley (36); Regina Curtin for Dorgan (46); Finola Neville for Casey (60+1)

Galway: Susan Earner; Sandra Tannian; Sarah Dervan, Lorraine Ryan; Sinead Cahalan, Therese Maher, Regina Glynn; Niamh Kilkenny (0-2), Ann-Marie Hayes (capt); Aislinn Connolly (0-2), Niamh McGrath (0-3, 0-2f), Brenda Hanney; Veronica Curtin (0-3), Martina Conroy (0-1), Orla Kilkenny (0-1)

Subs: Emer Haverty for Glynn (44); Noreen Coen for Orla Kilkenny (58); Orlaith McGrath for Conroy (58).

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