Mighty Milford claim first senior title

Milford 5-15 St Catherine’s 0-5
Milford produced a five star performance to claim their first Cork senior county title at the expense of 2009 winners St Catherine’s.

The win followed three previous county final defeats and there were jubilant scenes at the final whistle at Castle Road yesterday.

The North Cork club were in control from the outset and were three points to the good with nine minutes gone.

Marie Watson goaled for Milford in the next exchange before outstanding midfielder Maria Walsh netted.

Orla Cotter opened St Catherine’s account with a pointed free but an Aine Watson goal cemented Milford’s superiority.

The winners led 3-7 to 0-3 at the interval and matters did not improve for St Catherine’s in the second-half.

Marie O’Neill (3) and Regina Curtin pointed for Milford to put the game firmly beyond St Catherine’s reach (3-12 to 0-4).

Two late goals from Walsh and substitute Louise O’Flynn ensured a 25-point win.

Scorers aside, captain Elaine O’Riordan was superb at full-back for Milford, as was Ashling Thompson at midfield and Sarah Sexton at wing-back.

Scorers for Milford: M Walsh 2-02, E Watson 0-5(0-4f), M O’Neill 0-5, M Watson 1-1, A Watson 1-0, L O’Flynn 1-0, R Curtin 0-2.

Scorers for St Catherine’s: O Cotter 0-3f, F Cotter 0-1, J O’Keeffe 0-1 each.

MILFORD: R Finn; K Galvin, E O’Riordan, L Healy; N O’Brien, A Geary, S Sexton; M Walsh, A Thompson; E Watson, D O’Reilly, A Watson; M O’Neill, R Curtin, M Watson.

Subs: L O’Flynn for R Curtin (48), D Hayes for K Galvin (50), O O’Mahony for S Sexton (52), E O’Friel for M Watson (56), N O’Connor for A Watson (57).

ST CATHERINE’S: A Mangan; O Neville, N Mulcahy, Y O’Neill; C Motherway, F Cotter, F Noonan; M O’Keeffe, O Cotter; R O’Callaghan, F Neville, M O ‘Regan; J O’Keeffe, M Tobin, E Ronayne.

Subs: A Fitzgerald for F Noonan (28), S Noonan for O Neville (ht), D Mulcahy for M Tobin (56).

Referee: C Egan (Glen Rovers).

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