The Leesiders fought out a memorable stalemate with their Dublin rivals at Parnell Park, (2-10 apiece), as the Dubs preserved their unbeaten start to the season.
A gripping finale to the group stages of the competition lies in store as Cork are currently in fifth, two points outside of the top four and a semi-final place.
Cork were boosted by the return of experienced Caoimhe Creedon to their squad for the visit to the capital and the Rebels struck for the opening goal midway through the first-half through Grace Kearney. But Dublin responded approaching half-time with a quickfire brace of goals from Noelle Healy and Sinead Aherne, within the space of a minute, and the hosts led by 2-6 to 1-6 at the break.
Kearney bagged her second goal just two minutes into the second-half and Cork came from behind to claim a valuable draw, which could yet see them make the semis.
Aherne was top scorer with 1-3 for Dublin, who are now top of the table, with Kearney leading the way for Cork.
Elsewhere, Cora Staunton turned in another virtuoso display for Mayo as the Westerners edged past dogged Donegal with just a point to spare (2-17 to 4-10).
Geraldine McLaughlin was superb for the hosts, who trailed 2-5 to 0-10 at half-time, but Staunton bagged scored both goals for Mayo at Robert Emmets. Mayo’s victory keeps last year’s beaten finalists on course for the playoffs while Kerry also moved into contention with a superb win in Monaghan.
The Kingdom made the visit to Inniskeen a winning one as Monaghan tasted defeat for the first time this season. Debra Murphy and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh scored the first-half goals for Kerry as William O’Sullivan’s charges led 2-5 to 0-7 at half-time. And Kerry withstood a fierce second-half revival from the beaten 2013 All-Ireland finalists to claim the points. Monaghan, thanks chiefly to Ellen McCarron’s goal, had cut the gap to just a point with two minutes left but sub Lorraine Scanlon pointed late on to secure a dramatic 2-11 to 1-12 win for the Kingdom.
Elsewhere, Laois collected a second win of the season, defeating Tyrone 2-6 to 1-10 in Crettyard. Hosts Laois trailed at half-time 0-5 to 1-5 at half-time but Noirin Kirwan’s second-half penalty kickstarted the revival. A narrow one-point success came at a cost, however, as experienced Grainne Dunne sustained suspected knee ligament damage.
However, there was other good news for Laois over the weekend as O’Moore County native Marie Hickey was voted in as President elect of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA). Hickey saw off rivals Con Moynihan and Gerry Doherty in the race to succeed Pat Quill as Association President in 2015. Annual Congress at the Ferrycarrig Hotel in Wexford confirmed the LGFA has voted to enter into negotiations with the GAA and the Camogie Association, with a view to becoming one Association.
The LFGA also announced a 30% increase in attendance at matches last year and team jerseys can now bear a second sponsor on their sleeves, in an attempt to generate extra revenue.