Controversy surrounds Cork’s Munster Camogie final win

Cork 0-12 Limerick 0-10: There were angry scenes at the end of the Munster senior camogie final as Cork hit two points in the sixth minute of injury time to defeat Limerick in Kilmallock.

With over 35 minutes played in the second period, Katriona Mackey picked up a loose ball and shot over the bar to edge her side in front. Limerick failed to win their own puck-out and Mackey shot her third point to seal the victory for Paudie Murray’s side.

Limerick boss John Tuohy was furious with referee Martin O’Shea, who played nearly eight minutes’ injury time in a second half that was, for the most part, without incident.

“It seems very unfair,” Tuohy said as Limerick’s wait for a first crown continues. “It’s very hard to explain to a group of players after training so hard to be treated so badly like that.”

The Shannonsiders were also upset with the Tipperary official in the opening stages which led to the referee warning Tuohy about his conduct.

“At that stage it was 12 frees to four and we had certainly had three blatant frees. I felt this game was going to go away from us if he kept giving frees to Cork,” said Tuohy.

“I respect referees but it seems the bigger counties seem to get the rub of the green all the time and we don’t.”

For Cork, it was a first win in three attempts over the Treaty county after two reversals in the league. Captain Aisling Thompson said: “It’s nice to come back and get a win over them. It was at the start of the year (when they beat us) and we were missing a few players but we had those players back and they still put it up to us which says a lot about their character,”

Cork led by a point at the break (0-7 to 0-6) but it should have been more as they hit six wides in the opening half, many of which were from scoreable positions.

The visitors were dominating in the middle of the field, with Thompson leading the way, but Limerick were quicker out of the blocks, racing into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes. Cork hit five points in a row, the pick of which an effort by the impressive Eimear O’Sullivan as they got a strong grasp on the game.

The second half didn’t produce the same quality as the first as both teams began to look nervous as a tight finish was on the cards. Cork were ahead for most of the period before two Niamh Mulcahy scores (a ’45 and a free) levelled the game. It looked like the game would be a draw.

However, up stepped Mackey to hit two late points to break Limerick hearts and give Cork momentum heading into the All-Ireland championships.

Scorers for Cork:

O. Cotter (0-5, 0-3fs); O. Cronin, K. Mackey (0-3) each; E. O’Sullivan (0-1)

Scorers for Limerick:

N. Mulcahy (0-8, 0-4fs, 0-2 ‘45’s); F. Hickey, C. O’Brien (0-1 each).

CORK:

A. Murray; R. Buckley, L. Treacy, L. Coppinger; M. Cahalane, G. O’Connor, P. Mackey; O. Cotter, A. Thompson; H. Looney, E. O’Sullivan, O. Cronin; A. O’Connor, B. Corkery, K. Mackey.

LIMERICK:

C. Keating; M. McCarthy, M Creamer, J Mulcahy; S. Enright, N. Richardson, F. Hickey; K. O’Leary, N. Mulcahy; D Murphy, M. O’Callaghan, C Costelloe; C. O’Brien, N. Ryan, R. Noonan.

Subs:

C. Lane for R. Noonan (52); N. Barry for M. O’Callaghan (60) Sent off: F. Hickey (second yellow, 57).

Referee:

M. O’Shea (Tipperary).


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