Galway v Cork – U16 All Ireland Championship

U16 Championship Round 4

Galway v Cork
Date: 2 Jul, 2pm
Venue: Duggan Park
Referee: Philip McDonald

FT SCORE: Galway 0-11 Cork 2-19

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2023 Galway U16 Team


By Sarah Gaughran, Galway Camogie PRO

The Galway U16 Camogie team suffered their first defeat in the All Ireland U16 championship on Sunday when they lost out to Cork in Duggan Park Ballinasloe. A very strong second half performance by Cork helped them in laying the foundation for the victory.

It was Galway who started the brightest with a point from play for Katie Lawless in the opening four minutes. Cara O’Brien replied with a free a minute later. Maebh O’Brien and Clara Murphy replied with two well taken scores from play to leave the sides deadlocked after 11 minutes. Cara O’ Brien replied with another free for Galway but Maebh O’Brien added two more scores for Cork, to bring her tally to three for the day at the halfway point of the half. Cara O’Brien. Laura Walsh and Rachel Murphy added two more points for Cork from play while Cara O’Brien kept slotting over the frees for Galway as she pointed two more frees to leave the sides level with seven minutes left to play in the half. Galway finished the half the strongest with two points from Cara O’Brien, through a free and one from play, and another point through Leah Behan to leave Galway three points to the good heading into the half time break.

Cork came out of the blocks very quickly after the half time break bring the sides level again after Ally Mulkerrins broke through the Galway defence for the first major of the game after 4 minutes. Walsh and Rachel Murphy brought them two points ahead with two quick fire points after the goal. Cara O’Brien tried to settle the ship for Galway with a free on the 38th minute but Cork continued to push on scoring 1-6 without reply between the 38th and 54th minutes. Mulkerrins got her second goal of the day on the 38th minute while three Rachel Murphy points, one through a free, and points from substitute Catherine Murphy, Meabh O’Brien and Ava McAuliffe really left Cork in the driving seat. Cara O’Brien, who done well on the frees for Galway throughout the afternoon, stopped the Cork scoring spree on the 54th minute when she pointed another free for Galway. But it was Cork who kept putting pressure on Galway and who finished the half the strongest with two points from substitute Jessica Murphy and Rachel Murphy, one through a free and one from McAuliffe to leave it Cork 2-19 Galway 0-11.

Galway will be disappointed with the result having had such a fantastic first half, going up at half time. The championship is not over however for Galway as they still have one Game to play and are still in a fantastic place having two wins and a draw in the campaign to date. Up next for Galway is a trip away to Kilkenny in the final group game of the championship.

L Horan, C E Fahey, A Morgan, M Ní Lionsaigh, E Dillion, R Kilkenny, R Gardiner, K O’Driscoll, L Behan (0-1), C O’Brien (0-9, 0-8F), K Lawless (0-1), E McGlynn, C Burke, M Rodgers, E Lawless.
Substitutes: E Noone for McGlynn (29mins), E Barrett for Burke (42mins), E Deeley for Rodgers (44mins), M B Cosgrove for Behan (50mins), A Scarry for Kilkenny (52mins), D Grealish for O Driscoll (55mins), R Cahill for Fahey (59mins).
A Kearney, S Cunningham, A Cagney, C Ryan, L O’Shea, A Cussen, G O’Neill, A Cottrell, A McAuliffe (0-2), C Murphy (0-1), R Murphy (0-7, 0-2F), T Goulding, M O’Brien (0-4), A Mulkerrins (2-0), L Walsh (0-2).
Substitutes: C Murphy (0-1) for Goulding (38mins), J Murphy (0-2) for Walsh (48mins), M Lombard for O’Neill (48mins), K O’Sullivan for McAuliffe (51mins), C Kellehar for Mulkerrins (54 mins), S Pomeroy for Cottrell (54mins)



Photo credit: Michael Gough