Milford turn on the magic

Milford 5-17 Ballincollig 0-07
Milford became the first team to capture back-to-back Cork senior camogie titles since Cloughduv in 2002 with a 25-point hammering of Ballincollig yesterday.

Ballincollig, playing in their first final, sought to become the seventh first-time winners of the senior crown in the past 11 years, but the Cork, Munster and All-Ireland champions had virtually sealed victory as early as first-half injury time, when they reeled off a pair of goals, from Orlaith O’Mahony and Maria Watson, to stretch the interval-gap to 10 points.

“The way the championship has gone this year, a lot of the teams have played nine or 10 against us in the backs,” said captain and player-of-the-match Elaine O’Riordan, “so I’ve ended up being the free-player sweeping at the back. It’s the way the games are going against us, but we’re learning to deal with it so it’s grand.”

The much feared North Cork side found their way around Ballincollig’s seven-player defence as early as the fourth minute with a Deirdre O’Reilly goal.

Ballincollig stuck doggedly to their task, blocking and harrying Milford and reducing the deficit to three. However Milford’s late run of 2-1 punctured Ballincollig’s dreams.

Maura Flanagan added a fourth goal early in the final period as the game became somewhat ill-tempered. However Milford saw out the storm and the floodgates opened for them in the final quarter, adding 1-10 without reply.

“It was a really special one to win and it means more than last year’s win in a way,” said two-time winning captain O’Riordan.

“A lot of teams find the second-year syndrome hard to overcome, especially after such a great year last year, but as you can see, the hunger is still there within the team.”

A further sign of the changing of the guard in Cork camogie came in the Senior B final where the county’s oldest and most successful club, Glen Rovers, took their first title at that grade.

Led at centre-back by Lauren Callanan, they built up a seven-point half-time lead over Éire Óg. Erin Corkery scored 1-1 to renew the Westerners hopes but Denise Luby and Sinead O’Halloran sealed the 1-13 to 2-7 victory.

Scorers for Milford: M Watson, L O’Flynn (1-3 each), E Watson (0-5, 1f, 1 pen), D O’Reilly (1-1), M O’Neill (0-4), O O’Mahony, M Flanagan (1-0 each), S O’Flynn (0-1).

Scorers for Ballincollig: D Cronin (0-5, 3fs, 1 45), L Dorgan, M O’Donoghue (0-1 each).

MILFORD: R Finn; M Walsh, L Healy; E O’Riordan; K Galvin, A Geary, A Watson; A Thompson, O O’Mahony; E Watson, D O’Reilly, S O’Flynn; M O’Neill, M Flanagan, M Watson.

Subs: L O’Flynn for O’Flynn (42), D Hayes for Healy and A O’Flynn for Thompson (52), E O’Friel for E Watson (56), N O’Connor.

BALLINCOLLIG: S O’Sullivan; A Kiely, E Murphy, L Weste; S Buckley; E Casey, K O’Donoghue, C Ryan; D Cronin, J Hennigan; M O’Donoghue, L Dorgan, P Buttimer; A Coughlan, S Coomey.

Subs: C Hennigan for Dorgan (37), S Barry for Ryan (58).

Referee: C Egan (Glen Rovers).

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

History shows campaign by Dublin GAA figures against Lee Keegan won’t influence referee

RTÉ eye Saturday night Allianz League rights--GA2

Buying into sporting history at an auction of GAA memorabilia

Pat O’Neill: Jim Gavin’s Dublin team could eclipse Kevin Heffernan 70s stars


Breaking Stories

Dublin boss Gavin surprised by claims of pressure being put on All-Ireland ref Deegan

Guardiola warns Champions League progress complicated by Celtic draw

Chris Coleman wants life ban for anyone convicted of corruption

What's on Gareth Southgate's to-do list? Quite a lot as it happens...

Lifestyle

Space Week is an out of this world chance for families to experience the night sky

Wayfarers: A composition written as a response to the 1916 Rising

Knights in shining armour: Irish full-contact medieval combat team set to showcase skills

Angelina Jolie hiring the best divorce lawyer in the business - Laura Alison Wasser

More From The Irish Examiner