TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship: Cork 2-12 Donegal 1-10
DONEGAL will be hoping Cork can do them a favor and beat Waterford in the final group game this weekend after the Ulster side lost to Rebelettes 2-12 to 1-10 in the All-Ireland Senior Championship at Clane sunday.
Cork laid the foundations for that first-half win with Donegal well behind. They trailed 2-9 to 1-2 at the break and although they improved their performance in the second half by beating their opponents 0-8 to 0-3, the gap was just too much. big to be filled.
The start was frantic with Libby Coppinger scoring inside the first minute and that was followed by Orla Finn’s first goal of the game. However, Donegal’s response was immediate and Yvonne Bonner found the back of the net with just two minutes to play.
Cork bore through the Donegal defense with ease and they scored 1-6 unanswered to open a 2-7 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute with Ciara O’Sullivan, Laura O’Mahony and Aine O’Sullivan scoring. before Finn’s 12th-minute goal and she added another point between two from Doireann O’Sullivan, including a free one.
Geraldine McLaughlin and Karen Guthrie, who returned to the starting lineup, momentarily broke Cork’s momentum with two points, but they were nullified by Sarah Leahy and Ciara O’Sullivan as Cork took a 10-point lead at half-time.
Donegal emerged for the restart and hit the ground running with three runs, all on free runs, through Guthrie (0-2) and McLaughlin. The former picked up two more converted freebies and with two more points, from Guthrie and captain Niamh McLaughlin, the gap was down to four, 2-10 to 1-9, with seven minutes remaining. Cork then lost Meabh Cahalane to the trash to see the remainder of the game with 14 and Geraldine McLaughlin’s fifth point of the day left a goal between them, 2-10 down 1-10, and a nervy five-minute finish for Cork.
Donegal himself finished with 14 when Nicole McLaughlin was convicted while Doireann O’Sullivan added a late brace to secure Cork victory.
Donegal must now await the outcome of Cork’s game against Waterford at the weekend to see if they qualify for the quarter-finals.