Hannah Tyrrell’s seven points help Dublin to league title win over Cork

Sinéad Aherne chips in with five points as Mick Bohan’s side triumph at Croke Park

Dublin’s Hannah Tyrrell in action against Melissa Duggan of Cork during the Lidl Ladies Football National League Division One final at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Dublin’s Hannah Tyrrell in action against Melissa Duggan of Cork during the Lidl Ladies Football National League Division One final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

 

Dublin 2-15 Cork 1-13

Hannah Tyrrell produced a star performance at Croke Park where Dublin claimed their second Lidl National Football League Division One title with an impressive triumph over Cork.

The former Ireland rugby international contributed 0-7 and captain Sinéad Aherne added another five as the Sky Blues marched towards another national title under the guidance of Mick Bohan.

The opening moments of this showpiece decider was dominated by free-taking, with Aherne and Cork counterpart Orla Finn registering 0-2 apiece off placed balls.

Aherne and former Republic of Ireland soccer international Siobhán Killeen chipped in with points from play, but 12-time league winners Cork stormed back in front when corner forward Libby Coppinger palmed to the net after 10 minutes following a lovely move.

An Áine Terry O’Sullivan point stretched Cork further ahead in advance of traded scores between Tyrrell and Sadhbh O’Leary, before the All-Ireland champions Dublin pounced for their maiden goal just before the first-quarter mark. Full forward Niamh Hetherton turned sharply after collecting possession from deep and unleashed an unstoppable shot past Cork captain Martina O’Brien.

Following the first-half water break, a brace of Tyrrell points for Dublin were cancelled out by a similar salvo from Finn. Hetherton had a second goal ruled out for a square ball, but unanswered points courtesy of Jennifer Dunne and Tyrrell (two) gave Dublin a 1-10 to 1-6 half-time cushion.

Dublin team celebrate winning the Division One final. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho
Dublin team celebrate winning the Division One final. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

While Cork reduced the gap through a Finn free when the action resumed, Dublin threatened to pull away with points from Aherne and Lyndsey Davey. Finn’s sixth of the day coincided with the sin-binning of Sky Blues corner back Martha Byrne, and this presented the Munster side with a potential lifeline.

Yet, despite their numerical deficiency, Dublin grew in stature. Tyrrell and Aherne enhanced their tallies with additional points and while Eimear Scally curled between the posts for Cork, the returning Carla Rowe fired to the Cork net in the 50th minute to effectively place the outcome beyond doubt.

Yellow cards for Lauren Magee and Máire O’Callaghan ensured both teams finished the game with 14 players, and with Ciara O’Sullivan, Coppinger and Finn firing over late points, Cork did at least end the proceedings in commendable fashion.

DUBLIN: A Sheils; M Byrne, N Collins, H Leahy; L Caffrey, O Carey, L Magee; S McGrath, J Dunne (0-1); H Tyrrell (0-7, five frees), L Davey (0-1), S Killeen (0-1); S Aherne (0-5, four frees), N Hetherton (1-0), C O’Connor.

Subs: C Rowe (1-0) for O’Connor (32-36); Rowe for Hetherton (37); N McEvoy for Killeen (39); L Collins for Leahy (45); K Sullivan for O’Connor (46); C Trant for Shiels (51).

CORK: M O’Brien; M Cahalane, R Phelan, E Meaney; E O’Shea, A Hutchings, M Duggan; M O’Callaghan, H Looney; A O’Sullivan (0-1), B O’Sullivan, O Finn (0-8, six frees); S O’Leary (0-1), C O’Sullivan (0-1), L Coppinger (1-1).

Subs: D Kiely for A O’Sullivan (13); E Cleary for Kiely (38); E Scally (0-1) for O’Leary (39); S Kelly for Hutchings (43).

Referee: Séamus Mulvihill (Kerry).

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