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Cork will have two representatives at All-Ireland camogie final day as intermediates see off Derry

They’ll face Meath who defeated Kildare in the other semi-final.

Image: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Cork 2-10

Derry 0-6

CORK WILL BE doubly represented at Croke Park on Finals’ Day for the second year in a row following a powerful second-half display in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate camogie semi-final at Donaghmore Ashbourne.

The Rebels fell in both senior and intermediate deciders last year but on this evidence, will take a lot of stopping in this grade at least at HQ on September 10.

This was a repeat of the Division 2 League Final, which Cork won by 14 points but Derry managed to keep it very tight for the majority of the first half, when there were just six points scored until injury time and the teams were level on three occasions, with never more than a point between them.

Karen Kielt got things under way with a pointed free after two minutes and it took seven minutes for Keeva McCarthy to respond from a placed ball.

Kielt restored Derry’s slender advantage from 50m almost immediately but Cork grinded their way to the front, Maeve McCarthy providing the game’s first score from play with a neat finish on the run and Keeva McCarthy doing the honours from another free.

Again it was Kielt who was on target for the Oak Leafers to restore parity and that was how it remained until the first minute of additional time, when Katelyn Hickey fed Collins and the Courcey Rovers attacker found the Derry net.

Linda Collins with Derry’s Brona Cassidy Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

In the context of what had occurred until then, and arriving as it did just before half time, this had the feeling of being a key moment as it put Cork 1-3 to 0-3 ahead.

Keeva McCarthy and Kielt exchanged pointed frees but Cork began to find a few more space in the Derry half as the game progressed and the Ulster women had to push forward.

Collins, Caroline Sugrue and Maeve McCarthy put six between them and though Aileen McCusker became only the second Derry player to score in the 46th minute, it was a momentary respite as Collins pounced for her second goal two minutes later.

That knocked the stuffing out of Ciarán Cunningham’s side and his Cork counterpart Paudie Murray was able to enjoy the closing quarter considerably more than was the case 24 hours earlier, when the seniors just held out against Galway.

Keeva McCarthy (two) and Finola Neville kept the scoreboard moving and the game was into injury time when Kielt grabbed her fifth point for the honest but outgunned Derry.

Scorers for Cork: L Collins 2-1; K McCarthy 0-5(4fs), M McCarthy 0-2; C Sugrue, F Neville 0-1 each

Scorers for Derry: K Kielt 0-5(fs); A McCusker 0-1


A Lee

L Weste
S Harrington
N Ní Chaoimh

R Kileen
S Buckley
L Callanan

F Neville
J Barry

K Hickey
K McCarthy
M McCarthy

R O’Shea
L Collins
C Sugrue


N McQuillan

S Donaghy
B Ní Chaiside
R Bradley

A McCusker
A Ní Chaiside
G McNicholl

A McAllister
K Kielt

A Quinn
É Ní Chaiside
Á Kelly

D O’Kane
M Hegarty
M McNicholl

Referee: J Dermody (Westmeath)

Emma and Claire Coffey celebrate after the game Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Meath 1-12

Kildare 1-10

Donaghmore Ashbourne was the site of a constant deluge but it mattered not to the Meath supporters, who are readying themselves for a trip to Croke Park for their first appearance in a Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final on September 10.

The Royals last appeared on the famous turf in 2012 when garnering the Premier Junior title but have struggled to make an impact at the next level.

Indeed Kildare, who succeeded them as Premier Junior champions in 2013, found their feet more quickly and were looking to get back to the Intermediate decider having found Waterford too strong two years ago.

For long periods it looked like they would but Meath finished strongly in the final quarter, building up enough of a lead to render Melissa Lyons’ injury-time goal of the consolation variety.

Emer Reilly converted a free almost directly from the throw-in but Kildare were knocked back on their tracks when Meath ventured upfield and got a goal from the next attack courtesy of Kristina Troy.

Points from Ciara Egan and Susie O’Carroll settled Kildare and it was nip and tuck from there until half time.

Alison Hyland blocks the ball Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Louise Keatley, Reilly and O’Carroll were on target for the All Whites but Aoife Minogue was accurate from placed balls while Jane Dolan was a constant handful.

The teams were deadlocked at the break on 0-8 to 1-5 and it was Kildare who made an early dart for the line, two points from O’Carroll giving Dinny Cahill’s outfit the whip hand.

Meath are clearly a confident bunch under the stewardship of long-time manager John Davis though and with Dolan and Minogue among the scorers, they shot seven points on the trot to put the tie to bed.

Lyons gave Kildare the faintest hope with her goal but they needed another and with just seconds remaining, it wasn’t forthcoming.

Scorers for Meath: A Minogue 0-5(fs); J Dolan 0-3; K Troy 1-1; M Thynne, A Gaffney, C Quinn 0-1 each

Scorers for Kildare: E Reilly (2fs), S O’Carroll (3fs) 0-4 each; M Lyons 1-0; C Egan, L Keatley 0-1 each


E Mangan

E Coffey
C Coffey
E Burke

A Keogh
A Maguire
L Donoghue

C O’Brien
M Thynne

A Gaffney
K Troy
A Minogue

C Quinn
J Dolan
S Hackett


A Slattery for Hackett (45)


A Hyland

K Perkins
A Conway
M Doyle

D Byrne
A Trant
C Flanagan

E Reilly
L Keatley

C Egan
F Trant
L Sutton

S O’Carroll
M Lyons
E Kielty.


S Hurley for F Trant (37)
C Maher for Kielty (54)

Referee: L Dempsey (Kilkenny)

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