2018 Minor Championship – All-Ireland Final: Galway v Cork

29th April 2018.  
Galway v Cork: All Ireland Minor Camogie Championship.  
McDonagh Park, Nenagh. 
Galway 1-11 Cork 0-18. 

Cork overcome Galway with late surge to take first minor camogie title – The Irish Times
Cork moved through the gears in the final quarter to get the better of Galway and claim the All-Ireland minor A camogie title by 0-18 t0 1-11 in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh.

This is Cork’s first victory in this grade since it was changed to U18 from U16 in 2006, and it was secured by virtue of an all-round team performance, with eight different contributors to their 18-point tally.

Galway Minor Camogie Team – 2018 All-Ireland Minor-A Finalists

The Leesiders began well, moving into an early three-point lead after Ciara O’Sullivan took a pass from Cliona Healy to score in the opening minute.

Niamh Niland levelled for Galway from a seventh-minute free but points from Healy (free), Emma Murphy – after Galway’s senior goalkeeper Sarah Healy made an excellent save from her Rebel namesake – and Hannah O’Leary put some daylight between the sides.

That advantage didn’t last long, however, as Galway were level from the next attack, Chloe Reilly providing the lethal goal finish worthy of the sumptuous pass by Galway’s other senior star, Siobhán McGrath.

The Tribeswomen were in front immediately after, Niamh Horan finishing on the run from the left. Saoirse McCarthy landed a whopping point from a 60m free to settle Cork and bring them level, and it was nip and tuck from there to the interval.

On three occasions Cork moved in front thanks to Reilly and McCarthy (twice) but Horan, Niland and Horan once more ensured that the teams were deadlocked at the break, on 0-8 to 1-5.

McCarthy and team captain Moira Barrett edged Cork ahead once more but Galway had their best patch of the game to get their noses in front by the 38th minute, thanks to points from Reilly and a Niland brace. Tegan Canning stretched the lead to two and Lorraine Larkin’s crew had all the momentum.

Cork have finished strongly in most of their games, however, and they found another level to turn this game on its head. Jerry Wallace introduced Rachel O’Regan and the Carrigaline forward had a huge impact, scoring two points and setting up another for Fiona Keating.

McGrath kept Galway in touch with a couple of pointed frees but the westerners could not break down the opposition defence and instead, McCarthy continued her accurate shooting from placed balls to confirm a memorable Leeside success.