Cork retain Camogie League title at expense of Wexford

Strong start sees Rebelettes home past Model County

Cork players celebrate with the National League trophy after their victory over Wexford at Nowlan Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork players celebrate with the National League trophy after their victory over Wexford at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sun, May 5, 2013, 21:14

CORK 0-12 WEXFORD 1-7

Cork retained their Camogie League Division 1 title with a deserved victory over new-look Wexford at Nowlan Park.

It was a repeat of last year’s final but the flow was different, as on this occasion, it was Cork having a strong opening period and Wexford attempting to reel them in after the resumption.

The ultimate result was the same though, with player of the match, Orla Cotter helping to ensure a midfield dominance that was critical throughout.

With Rena Buckley in typically unwavering form at centre-back, Wexford’s forward unit was unable to make any significant headway until Ursula Jacob goaled from a 60th minute penalty.

That gave them renewed hope late on but though Kate Kelly, who had a big impact off the bench, reduced the margin to the minimum, they couldn’t find an equaliser in the four remaining minutes of injury time.

Instead, Cork substitute Finola Neville found the target with almost the last puck to secure a two-point victory.

A late flurry gave Limerick victory in the Division 2 final against Kildare, 3-14 to 0-10. Susie O’Carroll scored all of Kildare’s points but Limerick had more firepower, with Dympna O’Brien, Niamh Mulcahy, Mary O’Callaghan and Marie Keating all key contributor .

CORK: A Murray; P Mackey, M Walsh, L O’Connell; D Cronin, R Buckley, A Geary; O Cotter (0-3, two frees, one 45), A Thompson; B Corkery (0-1), E O’Sullivan (0-1), K Mackey (0-2); S Burns (0-2), A Deasy, J White (0-2). Subs: J O’Leary for Deasy, F Neville (0-1) for K Mackey.
WEXFORD: M D’Arcy; C Donohue, N Lambert, K Atkinson; F Doran (0-1), M Leacy, S Kehoe; J Dwyer, L Hammell; F Kavanagh (0-1), A Leacy, B Gordon; K Parrock, U Jacob (1-3, 0-2 frees), F Rochford. Subs: L O’Leary for Donohue; K Kelly (0-2) for A Leacy, S Sinnott for Hammell, S McGovern for Rochford .
Referee: F McNamara (Clare).