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COULD CORK MAKE it back-to-back titles and their 26th in total or would Galway win just their third O’Duffy Cup? We had all the minute-by-minute action from Croke Park.

Hello and welcome to today’s coverage. The junior and intermediate deciders are in the bag and we’re moving on to the showpiece between Cork and Galway.

Cork have done well to reach the final considering they lost a host of experience at the start of the season. That showed in a lacklustre performance in the round-robin stage of this competition but they showed their class in defeating Kilkenny in the semi-final.

Galway have the benefit of knowing they’ve already beaten the Leesiders twice this season and will look to Niamh McGrath for their scores today.

Throw-in is at 4pm.

Here are the teams as they were named during the week. We’ll update you on late changes if there are any.

Cork

1. Aoife Murray

2. Pamela Mackey
3. Laura Treacy
4. Leanne O’Sullivan

5. Rena Buckley
6. Gemma O’Connor
7. Meadbh Cahalane

8. Julia White
9. Ashling Thompson

10. Orla Cotter
11. Orla Cronin
12. Hannah Looney

13. Breige Corkery
14. Amy O’Connor
15. Katrina Mackey

Galway

1. Susan Earner

2. Therese Manton
3. Sarah Dervan
4. Heather Cooney

5. Siobhan Coen
6. Shauna Healy
7. Lorraine Ryan

8. Niamh Kilkenny
9. Clodagh McGrath

10. Aoife Donohue
11. Niamh McGrath
22. Finola Keeley

13. Catherine Finnerty
14. Molly Dunne
15. Ailish O’Reilly

The anthem rings out and we’re just seconds from throw-in here in Croke Park.

1 mins – Cork 0-0 Galway 0-0:

Galway won the toss and they put Cork in to play into the Hill in the first half.

The game is under way.

2 mins – Cork 0-1 Galway 0-0:

Cork’s Ashling Thompson takes advantage of Galway’s failure to clear their lines and points the first score of the game with ease.

4 mins – Cork 0-2 Galway 0-0:

Hannah Looney hits the first wide of the game for Cork from an acute angle. It’s been a lively opening to the game though and Orla Cotter doubles her side’s advantage moments later.

5 mins – Cork 0-2 Galway 0-1:

Another wide for Looney from a similar angle as the last. Cork very much on top so far.

Galway get on the scoreboard with a fine point from Niamh McGrath halving the deficit.

6 mins – Cork 0-3 Galway 0-1:

Orla Cotter adds a second point to her tally, this time from a free and Cork’s lead is two points again.

8 mins – Cork 0-4 Galway 0-1:

Orla Cotter adds another free. Her place-ball technique may be unique but it’s certainly proving to be accurate so far.

10 mins – Cork 0-4 Galway 0-1:

After some confusion over whether or not it was a line ball or a free, Niamh McGrath pointed a free but the referee called it back for a throw-ball.

10 mins – Cork 0-4 Galway 0-1:

After some confusion over whether or not it was a line ball or a free, Niamh McGrath pointed a free but the referee called it back for a throw-ball.

12 mins – Cork 0-4 Galway 0-2:

Cork’s Laura Treacy picks up the game’s first yellow card and Niamh McGrath adds her second point from close range.

14 mins – Cork 0-5 Galway 0-2:

The game’s a little scrappy now with lots of scoreable frees being given away. Orla Cotter makes no mistake again, that’s her fourth point.

15 mins – Cork 0-5 Galway 0-3:

Galway reduce the gap to two again, Niamh McGrath with another free.

19 mins – Cork 0-6 Galway 0-3:

Orla Cronin gets the first point from play in some time.

20 mins – Cork 0-7 Galway 0-3:

First Galway booking of the game as Sarah Dervan charges into Ashling Thompson. Orla Cotter takes the free and, as she has three times previously, Orla Cotter points the free.

25 mins – Cork 0-8 Galway 0-3:

Breige Corkery takes advantage of the acres of space she’s afforded by the Galway defence to point her first score of the day.

27 mins – Cork 0-8 Galway 0-4:

Niamh McGrath adds her and Galway’s fourth point, again from a free. Galway really need to find some more scorers if they want to win their second title in three years.

HALF-TIME: Cork 0-8 Galway 0-4

It’s been a frustrating first half from a neutral point of view. Both sides have been guilty of giving away far too many easy frees to the opposition.

Cork look likely to retain their title if Galway can’t find scores coming from players other than Niamh McGrath.

Second half is under way.

Half time change for Galway.

(21) Jessica Gill has replaced Catherine Finnerty.

31 mins – Cork 0-8 Galway 0-5:

Niamh McGrath with a long range free gives Galway the first score of the second half.

33 mins – Cork 0-8 Galway 0-6:

Niamh McGrath with her sixth point, and fifth from a free, as the gap is closed to just two points.

35 mins – Cork 0-8 Galway 0-7:

Cork nearly score the game’s first goal but Amy O’Connor’s effort is disallowed because of a square ball.

Niamh McGrath adds her seventh point down the other end.

(18) Eimear O’Sullivan is on for Hannah Looney as Cork make their first change.

40 mins – Cork 0-8 Galway 0-7:

The Leesiders haven’t got going in the firs ten minutes of the second half and Galway have made them pay up until now.

Galway’s Lorraine Ryan and Cork’s Breige Corkery involved in a nasty clash their but they’re both up.

Source: RTÉ2

43 mins – Cork 0-9 Galway 0-7:

Cork are finally off the mark in the second half and Orla Cotter points a brilliant score from play while under huge pressure.

47 mins – Cork 0-10 Galway 0-7:

This is really Orla Cotter v Niamh McGrath and the Cork woman is now level with her Galway counterpart with seven scores.

43 mins – Cork 0-9 Galway 0-7:

Cork are finally off the mark in the second half and Orla Cotter points a brilliant score from play while under huge pressure.

50 mins – Cork 0-10 Galway 0-7:

Ten minutes to go and Galway have hit back-to-back wides with their last two attacks.

52 mins – Cork 0-10 Galway 0-8:

With eight minutes to go, Aoife Donohue becomes just the second Galway scorer of the afternoon.

GOAL! Cork 1-10 – Galway 0-8 – Breige Corkery

55 mins – Cork 1-11 Galway 0-8:

Is that the game? Corkery makes makes no mistake when through on goal. Amy O’Connor follows up with a point.

Source: RTÉ2

57 mins – Cork 1-11 Galway 0-9:

Niamh McGrath goes for goal but has to settle for a point. Her eighth of the game. The gap is five points.

59 mins – Cork 1-13 Galway 0-9:

Cork’s captain Aisling Thompson with the best point of the game and it’s swiftly followed by a Katrina Mackey score and the O’Duffy Cup is heading back to Cork.

60+2 mins – Cork 1-13 Galway 0-9:

Another nasty clash to finish the game but, again, both players get up.

Source: RTÉ2

FULL-TIME – Cork 1-13 Galway 0-9

And that’s it. For the 26th time, Cork are the All-Ireland senior camogie champions.

Galway were much better in the second half but relied to heavily on Niamh McGrath. To their credit, when they were asked questions, Cork responded well and Corkery’s cool finish proved decisive.

That’s it from us. Thanks as always for joining us.

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Steve O'Rourke

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