Tough championship opener sees Tipp fall on the double

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Tough championship opener sees Tipp fall on the double thumbnailTeresa Ryan (Tipperary) takes a heavy challenge from Laura Treacy (Cork). Pic: Rose Mannion. MT24825RM

Cork 1-16 Tipperary 1-7 WHATEVER aspirations the Tipperary senior camogie team harboured of claiming the first two points of the All Ireland camogie championship, they went terribly astray for them with Cork having nine points to spare at the camogie pitch The Ragg on Saturday last.
Brian Boyle's troops played second fiddle to a livelier, hungrier and more skilful Paudie Murray side and despite the very strong wind that favoured the home side in the opening half, they just couldn't put the scores on the board allowing the visitors to drag them out field and split them wide open, although they did tighten up somewhat in the last half.
One would have envisaged a drive and hunger in their endeavours fuelled by the hurt of not progressing in the Munster campaign but sadly it never materialised as Cork dominated in attack. Tipp were also missing some key players through exams and injury which didn't help their cause on the day.
Cork were more charged up and with their captain Rena Buckley opting out of the ladies football to concentrate on camogie during 2017, the Leesiders have obviously one aim on their minds, a Croke Park appearance come All-Ireland final day.
The visitors commenced the game as they planned to continue helping themselves to two frees from Orla Cotter after nine minutes. Tipp attacked through Mairead Teehan who made a great breakthrough with Roisin Howard getting on the end in a move that threatened goal but Howard was fouled and Nicole Walsh opened the Tipp scoring from the resulting free in the 13th minute.
Orla Cronin and Keely Lenihan traded points but Cork went one ahead just as the second quarter commenced, from Katriona Mackey with support from Ashling Thompson and Orla Cotter. Cork then sent three consecutive wides as they tried to master the strong swirling wind that carried the ball away while Tipp's Nicole Walsh had added on a further free. Walsh had the sides level in the 25th minute after Howard was fouled but it was short lived as Cork finished the half two points up, Cotter and Libby Coppinger finding the crossbar far too easily.
Two points down and playing into the strong wind, the hosts had an impossible task ahead and even more so as Cork tore into attack on the resumption and taking full advantage of the elements they tagged on a further 1-5 over the third quarter, the goal coming from Hannah Looney in the 34th minute and points from Cotter, McCarthy, Cronin and Coppinger to give the side a ten points lead. The visitors were playing a very clever crossing and avoiding game which seemed to distract Tipp and kept them out of the game for too long a period.
Yet despite all that, Cork didn't seem to be at their most destructive either.
Their keeper Aoife Murray crucified the Tipp backs with her long deliveries, dropping the ball right into her half forwards, and the Tipp rearguard did very well not to concede more goals.
The home side didn't go away though and in fairness they stuck to their task with Aoife McGrath, Teresa Ryan, Mary Ryan, Ereena Fryday and Cait Devane just some of the players who worked tirelessly throughout. Cait Devane took over free taking duty, and she split the uprights for their first score of the second half in the 46th minute.
Cotter and Howard traded scores and the young Grace O'Brien, who came off the bench earlier, stamped her name on the game with a great point.
Time was running out however as O'Brien threatened goal with support from Devane and Howard but Cork keeper Aoife Murray was in control while Cronin and Mackey stretched the Cork lead at the opposite end.
Tipp did get a goal in the second minute of injury time when Devane dropped a free into the forwards and after a ping pong display, Ciardha Maher slapped the high ball to the Cork net but it was merely a consolation goal as Mackey and O'Connor helped Cork's cause with two further points.
Tipperary will now have three weeks to re-group and prepare for their July 1st meeting at home to Munster Champions Limerick who lost their opening game to Offaly.
Manager's reaction
‘Hugely disappointing. We didn't come here today to put in a performance like that,' said manager Brian Boyle after the game. 'We have to take responsibility for a certain amount of playing like that that isn't acceptable. Consistency seems to be a problem for us at the moment and I don't know why that is' he said.
The Drom & Inch man knows that such a performance will not be good enough to win any of the remaining games in the group. 'We will have to serve up a totally different game against Limerick in three weeks time now that Offaly and Cork are group leaders,' commented Boyle. 'We should have had more scores on the board at the interval and we missed too many chances but on the plus side of that we had a couple of 18 and 19 year olds who came in and made their mark on the game and we are also missing a few players. I thought Clodagh (Quirke) did well to step into Gemma's (Grace) spot as she only got the call last night and I thought she did really well, so we learned a lot from our panel. We're not a bad team overnight, that's not our performance, we've trained exceptionally well and we prepared exceptionally well for this game so we just have to get it right for our next three games' he said.
Player of the match: Orla Cotter (Cork).
Scorers: Cork: Orla Cotter (0-6, 0-4 frees), Katriona Mackey (0-3), Hannah Looney (1-0), Libby Coppinger, Amy O'Connor, Orla Cronin (0-2 each), Niamh McCarthy (0-1).
Tipperary: Ciardha Maher (1-0), Nicole Walsh (0-3, frees), Cait Devane (0-1 free), Roisin Howard, Keely Lenihan, Grace O'Brien (0-1 each).
CORK: Aoife Murray, Eimear O'Sullivan, Rena Buckley (Captain), Meabh Cahalane, Laura Treacy, Gemma O'Connor, Chloe Sigerson, Libby Coppinger, Ashling Thompson, Amy O'Connor, Orla Cronin, Orla Cotter, Hannah Looney, Niamh McCarthy, Katriona Mackey. Sub:. Lauren Homan (for N. McCarthy, 46 mins).
TIPPERARY: Orla McEniry (Cahir), Ciannait Walsh (Eire Og Annacarthy), Clodagh Quirke (Clonoulty Rossmore), Julie Anne Bourke (Borris-Ileigh), Aoife McGrath (Drom & Inch), Caoimhe Maher (Burgess Duharra), Mary Ryan (Captain), (Moneygall), Teresa Ryan (Borris-Ileigh), Ereena Fryday (Clonoulty Rossmore), Roisin Howard (Cahir), Cait Devane (Clonoulty Rossmore), Mairead Teehan (Moneygall), Nicole Walsh (Borris-ileigh), Megan Ryan (Borris-Ileigh), Keely Lenihan (Newport Ballinahinch). Subs: Grace O'Brien (Nenagh Eire Og) (for M. Teehan, 40 mins), Miriam Campion (Drom & Inch) (for E. Fryday, 50 mins), Ciardha Maher (Burgess Duharra) (for T. Ryan, 53 mins).
REFEREE: Ray Kelly ( Kildare).
The Tipperary Intermediate team also had a tough day losing to Antrim 5-12 to 1-12 in their opening Championship game. They face Wexford next with a home venue on June 24 .


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