Magical Mulcahy is Cork’s trump card
By Sarah O’Donovan
Cork 3-15 Meath 4-4
A return of 2-7 from Valerie Mulcahy steered Cork to victory in yesterday’s National League clash in Mourneabbey.
Cork started with a flourish, Emma Farmer raising a green flag inside the first minute. Meath replied from the kick-out, a defensive error allowing Geraldine Doherty to send a bullet to the roof of the Cork net.
Mulcahy restored Cork’s lead with a brace of goals in as many minutes to put them 3-1 to 1-0 in front but the respite was short.
Doherty grabbed a second goal for Meath in the 20th minute and persistence from Bridgetta Lynch released Jenny Rispin for Meath’s third goal to bring the sides level again by the 24th minute.
Cork raced to a half-time lead of 3-6 to 3-2 and embellished that with a notable contribution from Orla Finn (0-3) in the second-half.
Donegal scored a surprise 3-10 to 2-7 victory against Dublin at Chanel College. Geraldine McLaughlin was the hat-trick hero for Donegal, who bounced back from their loss to Laois in the opening round of fixtures.
At Augher, Laois claimed a second victory from two League outings as a long trip to Tyrone proved worthwhile.
Martina Dunne scored 1-5 and Ciara Burke also goaled for Laois as Tyrone fell to a second successive League defeat.
The match between Monaghan and Mayo was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.
In Division 2, Kildare recovered from a sluggish start to record a 2-5 to 2-4 victory against hosts Cavan while at Tuam Stadium, Galway were convincing 3-14 to 2-7 winners against Waterford and Westmeath won by 2-18 to 1-3 away to Fermanagh.
In Division 3, there were wins for Armagh, Down and Longford while in Division 4, Limerick enjoyed a big victory over Derry and Offaly scored a six-point win against Roscommon.
Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 2-7(0-3f), E Farmer 1-1, O Finn 0-3, D O’Sullivan 0-2, O Farmer, R Ni Bhuachalla 0-1 each.
Scorers for Meath: G Doherty 2-2(0-2f), V McCormack 1-0, S McCormack, B Lynch 0-1 each.
CORK: L Crowley; A-M Walsh, B Stack, A Barrett; V Foley, R Buckley, G O’Flynn; A Walsh, B Corkery; O Farmer, D O’Sullivan, O Finn; V Mulcahy, R Ni Bhuachalla, E Farmer.
Subs: A Cott for E Farmer (48), M O’Callaghan for A-M Walsh (52), E Aherne for O Farmer (52), S Kelly for R Ni Bhuachalla (53).
MEATH: I Munnelly; L Bagnall, A Murray, N Lister; L McCann, M O’Shaughnessy, E Troy; S McCormack, V McCormack; J Rispin, S Coyle, K O’Brien; B Lynch, G Doherty, S Ennis.
Subs: K Byrne for S Ennis, C Jordan for S Coyle (ht)
Referee: K Delahunty.
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