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Mixed fortunes for Antrim .senior match report from Cork PRO

24 Feb 2018
Antrim Minors had an excellent 1-12 to 1-04 win over Kildare at Hawkfield today to keep a 100% record going this season but the seniors , following their opening win over Wexford last weekend , ran out of steam in Cork as only 16 players travelled and we lost heavily. A half time score of Cork 1-13 to 0-00 tells it’s tale but a good second half improvement saw Katie McAleese chalk up three points , 2 from frees , and points from Lucia McNaughton and Sarah Armstrong gave the senior girls some encouragement to take into our next game on Sunday 11th March at home to Westmeath. Full senior match report from Cork PRO Shirley Moloney and Photos by Trevor Patchett -Match Report by Shirley Moloney, Cork PRO.

Cork prove far too strong for Antrim

Fixture: Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 2Round 2


Teams: Cork v Antrim

Venue: Cork Camogie Grounds, Castle Road

Date: Sunday 24th February 2018


Half Time Score: Cork 1-13Antrim 0-00

Full Time Score: Cork 1-17, Antrim 0-05


The Play: 

Cork raced into a commanding lead in their second fixture of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 2 game played at a cold and crisp Castle Road on Saturday last.  Aided by the strong breeze Cork dominated the opening thirty minutes scoring with ease and notching up 1-13 of which 1-09 came from open play.  


On 16 minutes Caroline Sugrue goaled after Noleen Cosgrove did well to deny her initial handpass goal attempt only for Sugrue to kick the ensuing save to the back of the net and see Cork hold anauthoritative lead of 1-09 with Antrim yet to penetrate the Cork defense and register a score.  


Rachel O’Shea opened the scoring inside the first minute before McCarthy fired over a 30 metre placed ball a minute later.  Sugrueand McCarthy split the posts before Finola Neville operating at centre back made a surging run forward to point on 4 minutes.  Three minutes later Neville linked up well with O’Shea who firedover to see Cork 0-06 to the good.  On eight, McCarthy pointed a 20 metre free after a foul on Rachel O’Callaghan before Neville struck again with a point from range.  McCarthy picked off a point on 13 before Sugrue goaled on 16 to see Cork 1-09 ahead.  A brace from McCarthy the latter a 20 metre free saw the scoreboard read Cork 1-11 on 20.  On 23 Amy Lee was called upon between the Cork posts, however, she did enough to put off Orla O’Hara when she came off her line to clear.  Katie McAleese 35 metre free was dealt with by Lee when McAleeses shot dipped and Lee caught the sliotar on the line and cleared.  

At the other end Cork won a 45 metre free which McCarthy duly converted before Maeve McCarthy registered her first point of the game on 29 to see Cork head to the dressing rooms 1-13 to 0-00.


The second half continued in the same vein, however, Antrim were able to muster some attacks as they were aided by the strong breeze.  However, it was Cork who pointed first upon the resumption with a McCarthy 20 metre free.  On 40 Antrim struck for their opening score and it came from a Lucia McNaughton placed ball on 30 metres.  Two minutes later McAleese fired over a 30 metre free and again on 50 she registered Antrims third score through a 30 metre placed ball.  McCarthy fired over either side of a Sugrue point to see Cork 1-17 to 0-03 and 58 on the clock.  Armstrong and McAleese pointed in the dying moments to close out the game and see Cork take the points on a 1-17 to 0-05 scoreline.



CorkA. Lee Na Piarsaigh, L. Callanan Glen Rovers, S. Harrington Fr. O’Neills (c), R. Killeen Ballyhea,

S. Hutchinson Éire ÓgM. Lynch NewcestownK. McCarthy Aghabullogue, A. Kavanagh InniscarraF.

Neville St. CatherinesK. Cullinane Fr. O’NeillsM. McCarthy SarsfieldsR. O’Shea CarrigalineK.

McCarthy St. FinbarrsR. O’Callaghan St. CatherinesC. SugrueBallinascarthy

SubsK. Barry Sarsfields for M. McCarthy (HT), S. Buckley Ballincollig for R. O’Shea (40).


Antrim: N. Cosgrove, C. Donnelly, K. Donnelly, C. Patterson, N. McQuillan, A. McManus, A. Mulholland,

M. Lynn, E. Costello, A. Donnelly, K. McAleese (c), L. McNaughton, O. O’Hara, C. McAleenan, S.


Subs: None



Cork: C. Sugrue 1-02, K. McCarthy 0-10 (0-05f, 0-0145), R. O’Shea 0-02, F. Neville 0-02, M. McCarthy 0



Antrim: K. McAleese 0-03 (0-02f), L. McNaughton 0-01 (0-01f), S. Armstrong 0-01


Referee:Alan Doheny, Laois


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