A storming finish from the Ciarán Carey managed Limerick forced a replay after a thrilling decider at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday. Captain Aoife Sheehan scored a goal from a 21-metre free and then deep into injury time Niamh Mulcahy landed a free from midfield to level the scoring.
Cork looked on target to retain their title with a goal in each half and when Lynda Doran goaled in the 54th minute they opened a 2-7 to 0-8 lead.
Although Cork dominated the opening half, Limerick resumed after half time with Rose Collins, Dymphna O’Brien and free-taker Eileen O’Brien reducing the advantage.
Cork made a lightening start when they had the ball in the Limerick net after just three minutes as Maria Watson made no mistake from close range after good work by Marian Jagoe.
Limerick had opened the scoring though Niamh Mulcahy. The Ahane teenager was due to play with the Irish U-19 Women’s soccer team this week, but withdrew to play in this final.
O’Brien responded to the Cork goal with a free, but Limerick were then to score just one more point in the opening 30 minutes — through Mairead Kelly in the 18th minute. Cork dominated on the scoreboard and hit just two first half wides to Limerick’s five. Eimear O’Sullivan (2) and Maria Watson (3) helped Cork to a 1-5 to 0-3 half-time lead.
M. Watson 1-4 (0-3frees), L. Dorgan 1-0, E. O’Sullivan 0-2 (1free), D. Twomey 0-1.
E. O’Brien 0-4 (3frees), A. Sheehan 1-0, N. Mulcahy 0-2 (1free), M. Kelly, R. Collins, D. O’Brien, V. Sheehan 0-1 each.
S. Moynihan; A. McNamara, R. Collins, J. Garvey; G. McNamara, A. Sheehan (capt), M. Dooley; V. Sheehan, D. Fitzpatrick; E. O’Brien, M. de Nais, N. Mulcahy; M. Keating, M. Kelly, O. Curtin.
C. Mulcahy for G. McNamara (28m), D. O’Brien for M. Kelly (36), S. McAuliffe for M. de Nais (41), A. O’Reilly for M. Keating (43)
G. Harrington; D. Hayes, N. Mulcahy, L. Hawkes, L. O’Connell (capt), R. Curtin, T. Roche; L. Dorgan, A. Thompson; E. O’Sullivan, M. Corkery, M. Jagoe; D. Twomey, M. Watson, R. Myers.
D. Cronin for M. Jagoe (40), M. Browne for R, Myers (48), E. Ronayne for M. Corkery (62).
C. Quigley (Kildare).