Cork win Munster camogie crown

Cork captured a 49th Munster senior camogie crown as they retained their provincial title with a 2-11 to 0-12 victory against old rivals Tipperary on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Aoife Murray received the player of the game award at Páirc Uí Rinn as she defied Tipperary with a sparkling second half performance as the visitors pushed in vain for a goal which would have brought them back into contention.

The Rebelettes led comfortably by 2-6 to 0-5 at half-time and showed all of their big-game experience and know-how to withstand a spirited second half onslaught from Tipperary.

Emer O’Farrell struck Cork’s first goal after just six minutes after Sheila Burns was denied by Tipp goalkeeper Paula Ryan.

Burns was on target herself with Cork’s second goal as Ryan misjudged a long range effort and the sliotar sailed straight into the net from 40 yards.

Tipp never recovered from this double setback although Allstar Claire Grogan, who scored 0-9 in total, led the charge in the second half as the Premier County attempted to claw their way back into contention with the breeze at their backs.

Murray kept Tipp at bay with a couple of fine saves to keep out Jane Ryan and Geraldine Kinnane while at the other end, Cork tacked on some crucial second half scores to run out five-point winners.

Rachel Moloney finished as top scorer for the winners with six points, including four from frees, while goal heroines Farrell and Burns both finished the game with 1-1 to their credit.

Meanwhile, there was another huge boost for Tyrone camogie last Saturday when the Red Hands captured an historic National League title.

The newly-crowned Ulster junior champions defeated Cavan 2-4 to 1-3 in a Division 5 blitz competition, which was held in Lacken, county Cavan.

Tyrone defeated Monaghan, Mayo, Wicklow and Cavan en route to glory as some of the game’s emerging counties provided some top-class fare.

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