2018 Munster GAA Awards

The 2018 Munster GAA Awards took place on Saturday December 8th at a gala dinner in the Fota Island Resort Hotel in Cork.


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The full list of Munster GAA Award winners for 2018 are as follows:

Sean Hayes (Minor Hurling)
Paul Walsh (Minor Football)
Aoife Murray (Camogie)
Aine O’Sullivan (Ladies Football)
Donal O’Sullivan (Under 20 Football)
Mark Coleman (Under 21 Hurling)
Seamus Hayes (Distinguished Service)
Ballygunner (Club)
Kavan O’Keeffe (Handball)
Joe McKenna (Hall of Fame Hurling)
Johnny Hennessey (Hall of Fame Football)
Sean O’Shea (Senior Football)
Seamus Harnedy (Senior Hurling)
John Kiely (Manager)


Munster GAA Award Winners 2018
Back row (left to right) – Kieran Leddy (Munster GAA CEO), Anthony Walsh (Munster GAA PRO), Gerry Cullinan (Ballygunner – Club of the Year), Sean O’Shea (Senior Footballer of the Year), Sean Hayes (Minor Hurler of the Year), Kavan O’Keeffe (Handballer of the Year), Seamus Harnedy (Senior Hurler of the Year), Donal O’Sullivan (Under 20 Footballer of the Year), Mark Coleman (Under 21 Hurler of the Year), John Brennan (Munster GAA Operations Manager), Pearse Murphy (Munster GAA Treasurer)
Front row (left to right) – Seamus Hayes (Distinguished Service Award), Johnny Hennessey (Hall of Fame Football), Paul Walsh (Minor Footballer of the Year), Liam Lenihan (Munster GAA Vice-Chairman), Jerry O’Sullivan (Munster GAA Chairman), Aoife Murray (Camogie Player of the Year), John Kiely (Manager of the Year), Aine O’Sullivan (Ladies Footballer of the Year), Joe McKenna (Hall of Fame Hurling)

Munster GAA Higher Education Fixtures / Results


Fitzgibbon Cup Weekend

The Fitzgibbon Cup Weekend took place over the weekend just gone by. The weekend consisted of 8 games played on Friday and Saturday. In total, 4 grades were covered and included teams that came from all 4 corners of Ireland. We would like to extend our thank you to WIT who facilitated the weekend in their Sports Arena.

The first final played on Friday afternoon was the Intermediate Hurling Final which was contested between UL and UCD. UL proved much too strong for UCD and came out on top on a scoreline of 2-21 to 1-12.

On Saturday morning the Fergal Maher Cup Final was played between St. Mary’s Belfast and Marino Institute of Technology. St. Mary’s came out on top by a score of 4-12 to 1-8.
Following this, the Ryan Cup Final was contested by GMIT and UUJ. GMIT proved to have too much for UUJ, coming out on top on a score of 1-21 to 1-9.

The last game of the day was the Fitzgibbon Cup Final which was contested by UCC and Mary Immaculate College. UCC continued their extremely impressive form in this game, proving to have too much for Mary I. UCC won the game on a scoreline of 2-21 to 0-13. This tops off an extremely impressive double for UCC, after the UCC footballers won the Sigerson Cup during the week.

We would like to extend our congratulations to all the winners and our commiserations to all the losers.


Fitzgibbon Cup Final – UCC 2-21 Mary Immaculate 0-13 – Match Report


Sigerson Cup Weekend

The Sigerson Cup Weekend took place over the weekend that has just passed. The weekend consisted of 12 games played between Friday, Saturday and Sunday. These games covered 5 grades in total and consisted of teams from New York, Liverpool and the 4 corners of Ireland. We would like to thank Mallow GAA for the use of their facilities and their cooperation over the 3 days.

One of the first finals that took place on the Saturday was the Intermediate Football Championship Final. This was contested by DCU 2 and NUIG. DCU 2 came out on top of what was a very tense affair on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-9. At the same time the Corn Mac Leinn Shield Final was contested by Marino Institute of Technology and New York. Marino Institute came out on top of a very fairly contested game on a scoreline of 3-12 to 0-09. The Corn Mac Leinn Final was next on the cards and was contested by Hope University Liverpool and IT Tallaght. Hope University Liverpool came out on top in the end on a scoreline of 3-09 to 0-09. At the same time the Trench Cup Final was contested by LYIT and DkIT. In what was a very sporting game, LYIT emerged victorious on a scoreline of 0-15 to 2-07. The final game on Saturday was UCD and St. Mary’s of Belfast in the Sigerson Cup Semi-Final. In an entertaining contest St. Mary’s proved too strong for UCD, emerging victorious 0-10 to 0-07. On Sunday the second Sigerson Cup Semi-Final was contested by UCC and NUIG. In what was a very tense and tight affair, UCC emerged victorious on a scoreline of 4-09 to 1-15.

We would like to extend our congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to the losers.


Sigerson Cup Final – UCC 0-16 St Mary’s 1-9 – Match Report


Tuesday 19/02/19
Fresher A hurling
CIT V NUIM in CIT at 7:30pm

Wednesday 20/02/19
Sigerson Cup Final
UCC V St. Mary’s Belfast O’Moore Park Portlaoise 7:30pm

Junior Hurling
CIT V UCC in CIT 7:30pm
IT Tralee V UL in Tralee at 8:00pm

Thursday 21/02/19
Fresher A Football
CIT V UUJ in Abbottstown at 7:00pm

Fresher B Football
UCD V CIT in UCD at 7:00pm
UCC V Maynooth in UCC, Time TBC
UL V UUJ in Abbottstown at 4:30pm

Fresher B hurling
MICL V CIT in MICL at 3:30pm

Friday 22/02/19
Intermediate Hurling Final
UL V UCD in WIT at 4:00pm

Saturday 23/02/19
Fitzgibbon Cup Final
UCC V MICL in WIT at 2:45pm


Results

Wednesday November 14th

MICL 4.10 UL 1.09 Freshers Football Quarter-Final

November 6th to 8th

UCC 2.17 CIT 1.20 Senior Hurling League

WIT: 0.19 IT Carlow: 1.14 Senior Hurling League

UL 0-25 NUIG 0-25 Senior Hurling league

ITT 1-16 CIT 1-14 Senior Football League

MICL 5.15 WIT 2.03 Freshers Football

UCC 0.16 CIT 0.11 Intermediate Hurling League

UCC 3.18 NUIG 1.10 Senior Camogie League

IT Tralee: 5.11 WIT: 1.10 Intermediate Camogie League

UCC 4.06 NUIG 1.06 Senior Ladies Football League

CIT 4.09 UCC 2.09 Division 3 Ladies Football

MIC 3-15 NUIG 2-6 Division 4 Ladies Football

Thursday November 1st

CIT 1-15 Mary I 1-9 Camogie League

Mary I 3-15 UL 1-9 Fresher A Hurling League

Wednesday October 31st

UCC 0-13 CIT 1-9 Fresher A Football League

UCC 1-12 CIT 0-5 Fresher B Football League

UL 3-19 UCC 0-7 Senior Camogie League

Tuesday October 30th

Mary I 7-24 NUIG 1-19 Senior Hurling League

UL 6-19 Garda College 1-14 Senior Hurling League

UCC 0.23 CIT 1.17 Fresher A Hurling League

UCC 4.18 CIT 0.14 Fresher B Hurling League

Mary I 3-17 UL2 1-14 Ladies Freshers Football

Tuesday October 23rd

WIT: 6.16 CIT: 2.11 Senior Hurling Division 1 C Rd 2

UCC 2.14 UL 2.12 Senior Football League

UCC 5.09 UL 2.07 Intermediate Football League

UCC 1.19 IT Carlow 1.17 Fresher A Hurling League

UCC 1.13 CCFE 1.14 Fresher B Hurling League

UCC 5.19 IT Tallaght 2.06 Fresher B Football League

Monday October 22nd

WIT: 5.16 MICL: 1.05 Senior Football Division 2 Group B Rd 3

WIT: 2.11 SCHM: 3.05 Senior Football Division 4 Group A Rd 3

UL 6-24 IT Tralee 3-9 Fresher 2 Hurling League

WIT: 1.17 IT Carlow: 5.5 Ladies Senior Football Division 2 League Rd 2

Thursday October 18th

UCC 0-14 IT Tralee 0-14 Senior Football League

MICL 5-16 LIT 1-20 Fresher A Hurling League
UL 2-33 NUIG 1-14 Fresher A Hurling League

MICL 1-12 IT Tralee 2-08 Fresher Football League

Wednesday 17th October

MICL 1-19 Garda 1-17 Senior Hurling League
UCC 3-14 WIT 0-15 Senior Hurling League
UL 2-23 LIT 1-22 Senior Hurling League

GMIT 2-16 MICL 1-11 Senior Football League
UL 1-13 CIT 0-08 Senior Football League
WIT 6-23 St Pats Thurles 0-01 Senior Football League

Tuesday 16th October

WIT 4-14 UCC 0-17 Fresher A Hurling League

UCC 1-17 WIT 1-14 Fresher B Hurling League
CCFE 4-17 CIT 0-10 Fresher B Hurling League

UCC 1-12 UL 1-10 Fresher A Football League
IT Carlow 0-17 CIT 1-7 Fresher A Football League

UCC 2-16 UL 2-11 Fresher B Football League
WIT 0-14 LIT 0-06 Fresher B Football League

Monday 15th October

IT Tralee 3-14 MICL 2-11 Fresher B Hurling League.


TG4 Ladies Football Junior Championship Final – Limerick 5-6 Louth 0-8

Limerick defeated Louth by 5-6 to 0-8 in the TG4 Ladies Football Junior Championship Final on Sunday September 16th at Croke Park.





Team News

Limerick: M Giltenane; K Reidy, S O’Sullivan, A Hartigan; Á McGrath, N Ryan, M O’Shea; L Hanley, C Mee (capt.); C Ní Cheallaigh, R Delee, R Ambrose; O Giltenane, C Davis, M Kavanagh.

Louth: U Pearson; E Murray, S McLoughlin, M McMahon; A Russell, C Nolan, N Rice; Á Breen, K Flood (capt.); L Boyle, B Fleming, J McGuinness; R Carr; E Byrne, S Woods.

Job Posting – Munster LGFA Development Officer

LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

MUNSTER DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association (Association), founded in 1974 has in Ireland over 160,000 registered members. The game is played in countries across the world. Five Provincial Councils covering Ireland and Britain are responsible for running championships and competitions in their provinces.

To continue its development as one of the largest, fastest growing, active and dynamic sports in Ireland and to complete our modernisation programme, the Association is looking to fill the position of a Munster Development Officer, based in Munster GAA Office, Limerick.

Based in Limerick, reporting to the LGFA National Development Manager and Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Association, you will be responsible for:

  • The implementation and review of our development plan at Provincial and County Level in conjunction with the Provincial Council and the National Development Manager,
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of the Provincial Development Plan in conjunction with the Provincial Council
  • Working with Provinces and Counties to implement specific initiatives within the Province to support and enhance the games structures at all levels.
  • Meeting targets and implementing strategic policies as agreed by the management committee of the Association.

    Click here for more details and an application form


    Completed application forms must be received by the Association not later than Friday 21st September.

  • 2017 Munster GAA Awards

    The 2017 Munster GAA Awards took place on Saturday December 9th at a gala dinner in the Fota Island Resort Hotel in Cork.


    Click here to view photos from the 2017 Munster GAA Awards


    Footballer, Ladies Footballer, Manager of the Year and
    Under 21 Hurler Announced for 2017 Munster GAA Awards

    Kerry’s James O’Donoghue and Waterford’s Michelle Ryan have secured the Senior Footballer and Ladies’ Footballer accolades respectively in the 2017 Munster GAA Awards. The Manager of the Year award goes to Cork senior hurling manager, Kieran Kingston and the under 21 Hurling Award goes to Aaron Gillane of Limerick.

    Speaking on the announcement of these awards Jerry O’Sullivan, Chairman of Munster GAA said “James O’Donoghue and Michelle Ryan contributed hugely to their teams’ performances this year and are deserving winners of the top playing awards in Gaelic Football and Ladies Gaelic Football respectively. Aaron Gillane was the star of the under 21 hurling. It was marvellous to see the Munster Hurling champions, Cork defy expectations to win three games and a deserved Munster Championship. Their Manager, Kieran Kingston, deserves great credit for bringing Munster honours back to the Rebel County. Congratulations to all the 2017 Award winners.”


    Click here to view photos from the 2017 Munster GAA Awards


    The full list of Munster GAA Award winners for 2017 are as follows:

    Austin Flynn (Waterford) – Hurling Hall of Fame
    Seamus Clancy (Clare) – Football Hall of Fame
    John Costigan (Tipperary) – Distinguished Service Award
    Killian Spillane (Kerry) – Under 21 Football
    Aaron Gillane (Limerick) – Under 21 Hurling
    Brian Turnbull (Cork) – Minor Hurling
    David Clifford (Kerry) – Minor Football
    Patrice Diggin (Kerry) – Camogie
    Michelle Ryan (Waterford) – Ladies Football
    JP O’Connor (Limerick) – Handball
    Kanturk (Cork) – Club
    Mark Coleman (Cork) – Senior Hurling
    James O’Donoghue (Kerry) – Senior Football
    Kieran Kingston (Cork) – Manager


    Click here to view photos from the 2017 Munster GAA Awards


    TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final – Tipperary 1-13 Tyrone 1-10

    Tipperary defeated Tyrone by 1-13 to 1-10 in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 24th at Croke Park.


    Tipperary win Intermediate title

    TG4 All Ireland Ladies Intermediate Championship Final

    TIPPERARY 1-13 TYRONE 1-10

    Report By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park for GAA.ie

    Aisling McCarthy scored 1-4 and landed the player of the match award as Tipperary were crowned TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate football champions at Croke Park.

    Shane Ronayne’s charges ground out a three-point victory over Tyrone – to seal Senior Championship football for themselves in 2018.

    Victory caps a glorious season for the Premier County, who also won the Lidl Division 3 and Munster titles.

    Gillian O’Brien chipped in with four points while Róisín Howard and Mairead Morrissey, a survivor from Tipp’s previous intermediate win in 2008, landed two points each.

    Tipp, who survived some nervy moments before landing the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup, were extremely well-organised for the most part, with another 2008 winner, Jennifer Grant, operating in the sweeper role.

    Tipp held on grimly at the finish and just before the hooter went, Aishling Moloney lashed the ball triumphantly into the Davin End.

    Tyrone battled extremely hard, but they’ll operate in the intermediate ranks again next year – as Tipp join Kerry, Cork and Waterford to make a four-team Munster senior championship.

    Tipp end the 2017 season unbeaten and with a glut of silverware to show for their efforts – and it was a vital run of 1-3 without reply in the first half that proved crucial to this win.

    Tipp found themselves on the back foot right from the start, as Lauren Fitzpatrick denied Lycrecia Quinn with a brilliant save after 15 seconds.

    Tipp settled, though, and were 0-3 to 0-1 clear before Gráinne Rafferty slotted home a classy 16th minute goal for Tyrone.

    The response from Tipp was excellent as Howard and McCarthy (free) landed points before McCarthy netted in the 18th minute.

    It was a moment of quick-thinking from the Cahir midfielder as she picked off Caoileann Conway’s handpass before lobbing stranded goalkeeper Shannon Lynch.

    O’Brien was almost in for a second Tipp goal a minute later – but Lynch pulled off a brilliant save to keep Tyrone in it.

    A point from O’Brien completed Tipp’s purple patch but at the other end, they were opened up in the 23rd minute by a slick Tyrone move, but Niamh O’Neill blazed wide.

    Tipp were almost in for a second goal of their own before half-time, Moloney fouled in the process of shooting, but with play allowed to continue, Morrissey fisted the ball over for a point.

    Gemma Begley, one of Tyrone’s 2010 senior finalists, completed the first half scoring but Tipp had a four-point interval lead to protect – and they managed to do so.

    The lead was out to five points early in the second half and while Fitzpatrick saved from Begley in the 37th minute, Tipp were managing to keep Tyrone at bay.

    Chloe McCaffrey’s magnificent point in the 47th minute brought Tyrone to within three, but a brace of McCarthy frees pushed the gap out to five again.

    Tyrone weren’t finished as Maria Canavan (free) and Begley landed late points – but Tipp held out to atone for their 2013 final loss to Cavan.

    Scorers for Tipperary: A McCarthy 1-4 (4fs), G O’Brien 0-4, M Morrissey and R Howard 0-2 each, A Moloney 0-1.

    Scorers for Tyrone: G Begley 0-4 (3fs), G Rafferty 1-0, E.J. Gervin and M Canavan (2fs) 0-2 each, N O’Neill and C McCaffrey 0-1 each.

    TIPPERARY: L Fitzpatrick; S Condon, M Curley, E Buckley; B Condon, S Lambert, L Dillon; A McCarthy, J Grant; N Lonergan, M Morrissey, A Moloney; R Howard, G O’Brien, O O’Dwyer
    Subs: C Condon for Lonergan (47), C Walsh for Howard (56).

    TYRONE: S Lynch; E Brennan, E Mulgrew, C Conway; N Woods, S Cunningham, C Hunter; M Mallon, E.J. Gervin; N Hughes, L Quinn, Á Canavan; N O’Neill, G Begley, G Rafferty
    Subs: N McGirr for Conway (20), M Canavan for Rafferty (37), E Hegarty for Á Canavan (37), C McCaffrey for Quinn (50).

    REFEREE: G McMahon (Dublin).


    Tipperary Press Pack for TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Final


    Team News

    TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final – Kerry 1-14 Waterford 3-6

    Kerry defeated Waterford by 1-14 to 3-6 in the TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final on Saturday July 8th at Mallow.


    Live Coverage Online

    TG4 Munster Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final – Tipperary 4-9 Clare 1-14

    Tipperary defeated Clare by 4-9 to 1-14 in the TG4 Munster Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final on Saturday July 8th at Mallow.

    Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay – Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

    Tipperary defeated Wexford by 0-15 to 1-10 in the Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay on Sunday May 14th at St. Brendan’s Park Birr.



    Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 final replay

    Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

    By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

    AISHLING Moloney and Aisling McCarthy contributed 0-11 between them as Tipperary were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 champions on Sunday.

    Despite losing three players to second half sin-binnings, and finishing the game with 13 players, Tipp held out in an enthralling replay against Wexford at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

    Beaten finalists after a replay with Waterford last year, Tipp got over the line this time to secure promotion to Division 2. And they had to do it the hard way, coming from six points down in the first half to hold on with two to spare.

    Ultimately, it was a strong second half display from Tipp that ensured silverware for the Premier County. Behind by 0-5 to 1-8 approaching the break, McCarthy’s point kept Tipp in touch at the interval, trailing by five.

    They’d played against the wind in the opening half but opened the second half with seven unanswered points, as Wexford lost former Kerry star Bernie Breen to the sin-bin. Tipp went from six points down to two points up with eight points in a row either side of the break, and they won the second half by 0-9 to 0-2.

    After half-time, McCarthy knocked over two frees before Moloney hit three on the trot from play. Gillian O’Brien put over a 41st minute point and when Moloney was on target again, Tipp moved 0-13 to 1-8 in front.

    O’Brien was sent to the sin-bin in the 44th minute and when Maria Curley and Moloney followed, Tipp were down to 12 players. Wexford’s long run without a score had finally ended in the 47th minute when Ellen O’Brien pointed and Catriona Murray’s levelled the game at 1-10 to 0-13.

    Wexford were lucky not to concede a goal seven minutes from the end when McCarthy’s free dropped short before Roisin Howard forced a brilliant save from Mary Rose Kelly, who tipped the ball onto the post. Wexford were reduced to 14 players late on when Sarah Harding-Kenny was sin-binned before O’Brien’s return brought Tipp back to 13. And Tipp managed to find the crucial late scores to secure victory, McCarthy taking her tally to 0-5 with a brace of frees.

    In the first half, it had looked positive for Wexford, playing with that strong breeze and frustrating Tipp with a packed defence, while breaking at pace. Clara Donnelly was particularly dangerous for the Slaneysiders, with probing runs from deep, and captain Fiona Rochford showed up well again, after her last-gasp free ensured a replay.

    With less than 19 minutes on the watch, a tight game was level at 0-4 each, after Wexford had led by three.
    Orla O’Dwyer’s leveller for Tipp had forced a brilliant tip-over save from goalkeeper Kelly and Rochford’s goal in the 25th minute was another major fillip.

    Rochford’s speculative effort from distance deceived Tipp goalkeeper Lauren Fitzpatrick and dipped into the net, putting Wexford 1-5 to 0-4 clear. That goal helped Wexford to lead at the break but Tipp began the second half firing on all cylinders, and would eventually prevail following an incident-packed game.

    Scorers – Tipperary: A Moloney 0-6 (1f), A McCarthy 0-5 (4f), O O’Dwyer 0-2, J Grant & G O’Brien 0-1 each.

    Wexford – F Rochford 1-3 (0-1f), E O’Brien & A Murphy 0-2 each, B Breen, K Kearney & C Murray (f) 0-1 each.

    Wexford – M.R. Kelly; M Doyle, M Cullen, S Harding-Kenny; N Mernagh, R Murphy, G Hearne; B Breen, K Kearney; C Donnelly, C Murray, N Butler; A Murphy, F Rochford, E O’Brien
    Subs: S Cloake for Hearne (46), F Rowe for Butler (57).

    Tipperary – L Fitzpatrick; E Buckley, S Condon, C Condon; B Condon, S Lambert, M Curley; J Grant, A Moloney; E Fitzpatrick, A McCarthy, N Lonergan; G O’Brien, O O’Dwyer, M Morrissey
    Subs: R Howard for Lonergan (46), E Kelly for Morrissey (52).

    Referee: S McNulty (Wicklow)

    Lidl National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final – Cork 2-15 Donegal 2-14

    Cork defeated Donegal by 2-15 to 2-14 in the Lidl National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final on Sunday May 7th at Parnell Park Dublin.



    Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 final

    Cork 2-15 Donegal 2-14

    Report By Jackie Cahill at Parnell Park, Dublin

    ORLA Finn collected 1-10 as Cork were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 champions for a fifth successive year. The Rebelettes made it nine League titles in ten seasons with a nervy one-point victory over Donegal at Parnell Park.

    In a fixture that was level six times, Ephie Fitzgerald’s Cork had the nous and know-how to deny the first-time Division 1 finalists. And Donegal would finish the game with 13 players when Yvonne McMonagle was sin-binned in the 59th minute, before Katy Herron was shown a red card for a high challenge on Jess O’Shea.

    Ultimately, the attacking class of All-Star Finn proved the difference, as she scored 1-4 in the first half before adding six second half points. Donegal’s lethal inside pairing of McMonagle and Geraldine McLaughlin had blazed a trail to the final, registering 12-36 between them in their previous four games, but they were held scoreless in the second half.

    In the first half, McLaughlin scored 1-4 and McMonagle 0-3 but they drew a blank after the break as Cork pulled down the shutters. With ten minutes of normal time remaining, the sides were level at 2-13 apiece before two Finn frees put daylight between the sides. Karen Guthrie reduced the deficit to just a point again but Cork held out as Donegal lost two players in the closing minutes.

    Considering that Cork were without travelling captain Ciara O’Sullivan and Player of the Year Brid Stack, ruled out through injury, this was a notable victory for the Rebelettes. It’s been a campaign of transition for Cork, who lost Deirdre O’Reilly to retirement while doubts surround the futures of Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley, and yet silverware was still secured. Donegal beat Cork in Mallow during the group stages and their odds tumbled in the days approaching the game.

    At half-time, they were very much in the hunt, trailing by 1-9 to 2-8 but caught by two sucker-punch Cork goals.
    Within 19 seconds, Cork had the ball in the net as Finn profited from the throw-in with a smashing finish. And yet Donegal, who lost Kate Keeney to an early injury, rallied to level at 1-1 to 0-4 by the tenth minute, with McLaughlin looking particularly dangerous.

    McLaughlin fired home an unstoppable goal in the 16th minute to level matters again at 1-5 each and when Guthrie converted a free ten minutes before half-time, Donegal were ahead for the first time in the game. Smelling danger, Cork responded with an Eimear Scally levelling point before the Éire Óg star netted in the 23rd minute, rewarding the approach work of Shauna Kelly, Bríd O’Sullivan and captain for the day, Doireann O’Sullivan.

    Donegal remained competitive approaching the break and an impressive opening to the second half saw Micheál Naughton’s charges back in front. Niamh Hegarty goaled in the 37th minute, knifing through the Cork cover after taking a pass from Herron.

    Two points clear, 2-10 to 2-8, Donegal had a platform but Cork have been in worse situations before and were quickly level. Both sides traded blows down the home straight, with Donegal missing several good chances while their fans expressed annoyance with referee Colm McManus, but Cork had the wherewithal to get the job done and retain the silverware.

    Scorers for Cork – O Finn 1-10 (0-9f), E Scally 1-1, B O’Sullivan 0-2, N Cotter & L Coppinger 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Donegal – G McLaughlin 1-4 (0-1f), N Hegarty 1-1, K Guthrie 0-4 (3f), Y McMonagle 0-3, K Herron & E Ward 0-1.

    Cork – M O’Brien, M Ambrose, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, E Meaney, S Kelly; N Cotter, J O’Shea; L Coppinger, B O’Sullivan, O Farmer; E Scally, D O’Sullivan, O Finn.
    Subs: A Hutchings for Coppinger (53), Á O’Sullivan for Farmer (56).

    Donegal – A McColgan; T Doherty, E Gallagher, N McLaughlin; T McClafferty, C Hegarty, K Keeney; K Herron, K Guthrie; G Houston, N Hegarty, S McGruddy; R Friel, G McLaughlin, Y McMonagle.
    Subs: D Foley for Keeney (inj., 7), P McGrory for Friel (h.t.), E Ward for McGruddy (46).

    Referee: C McManus (Meath)


    Team News

    CORK: M O’Brien (Clonakilty); M Ambrose (St. Val’s), R Phelan (Aghada), E Spillane (Bantry Blues); M Duggan (Doheny’s), B Stack (St. Mary’s), S Kelly (Araglen Desmonds Buí), N Cotter (Beara), J O’Shea (Inch Rovers); L Coppinger (St. Colum’s), B O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Farmer (Midleton); E Scally (Éire Óg), D O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Finn (Kinsale).

    DONEGAL: A McColgan (Malin); T Doherty (Carndonagh), E Gallagher (Termon), N McLaughlin (Termon); T McClafferty (Termon), C Hegarty (Moville), K Keeney (Four Masters); K Herron (Glenfin), K Guthrie (Glenfin); G Houston (Glenfin), N Hegarty (Moville), S McGruddy (Termon); R Friel (Termon), G McLaughlin (Termon), Y McMonagle (Glenfin).