Galway v Cork: U16 A Championship Round 1

2024 U16 A Championship – Round 1

Galway v Cork
Date: 5 May, 2pm
Venue: Cork Camogie Grounds
Referee: Liz Dempsey

FT: Galway 1-8 Cork 1-13

2024 Galway U16 team. Photo credit Colbert O’Sullivan

Match Report

The Galway U16 team suffered a defeat to Cork in their opening game of the All Ireland U16
Championship on Sunday in the Cork Camogie Grounds. A strong second half performance was key to the success for Cork.

It was the Leesiders who opened the scoring in the opening minute with a point from their captain, Clara Murphy. Aoife Scarry followed up with a free for Galway two minutes later. Éanna Duff and Gemma Classen followed up with points for Cork to leave them two points ahead. Scarry through a free and Murphy from play swapped scores but it was Galway who got a crucial score on the 11th minute to leave them in front for the first time in the contest. A well worked team score started from the Galway captain, Katie Murray, who found Scarry and Scarry picked off a great pass to Mary Bridget Cosgrove who blasted the ball into the back of the Cork net. Cork were awarded a penalty on the 17th minute but it was expertly stopped by Leah Horan in the Galway net. Katelyn Walsh from play and Murphy through a free swapped scores at the end of the half as Galway ran in a point in front at half time.

Cork had the aid of a stiff breeze in the second half and Galway knew that a massive second half was needed in order to hold onto their lead. It was score for score in the opening eight minutes of the half. Murphy started the second half like the way she started the first with a point from play. Nina McKeown restored Galway’s lead two minutes later. Laura Walsh and Murphy, through a free, and a Walsh free for Galway meant the sides were level after eight minutes. Walsh pointed two more points for Galway, one through a free, on the 10th and 12th minutes but the Cork captain hit back with two more points from play to leave the sides deadlocked at the midway point of the half. Walsh put Galway in front again on the 20th minute of the half but it was Cork who finished out the game the strongest with a points from play Kate Somers and Eimear Foulty and a free through Murphy as well as a goal on the 22nd minute from substitute Holly Fitzpatrick as Cork ran out 1-13 to 1-8 winners on the day.

The Galway girls will have to leave this setback behind them as they face another trip away to Dublin next weekend. A victory will be key to get their championship campaign back on track.

L Horan, A King, M Conroy, K Kennedy, E Corcoran, K Murray, A Healy, H Hesnan, S Feeney, E Barrett,
N McKeown (0-1), A Scarry (0-2F), M B Cosgrove (1-0), L Forde, K Walsh (0-5, 0-2F, 0-1 45)
Subs: A Kenny for Hesnan (37mins), A Hardiman for,Murray (41mins), A Morley for Forde (41mins), C
Costello for McKeown (61mins) , T Geraghty for Corcoran (61mins)

A Collins, S Donohue, A Ashman, E Barrett, T O’Neill, M Lombard, M O’Donohue, D O’Brien, C Ryan, É
Duff (0-1), C Murphy (0-8, 0-3F), G Classen (0-1), L Walsh (0-1), A O’Brien, E Healy
Subs: E Fouhy (0-1) for D O’Brien (HT), S O’Sullivan for O’Neill (44mins), K Somers (0-1) for A O’Brien
(49mins), H Fitzpatick (1-0) for Healy (49mins), C O’Donnell for O’Donovan (55mins)