Cork Minor Team win back to back All-Ireland Titles with Kearys Motor Group as Proud Sponsors
As Proud Sponsors, Kearys Motor Group would like to congratulate the Cork Minor Camogie Team on winnning the All-Ireland Minor A Championship.
2023 marks the second year of Kearys Motor Group sponsoring Cork Camogie from U16 all the way up to the Senior Team. The Minor team won the All-Ireland Minor A All-Ireland in 2022, and in May they retained their title in a thriller against Waterford. Emily O’Donoghue and Erinn Curtin were on fire for Cork, who turned the tables on a Waterford team that had beaten them in the group stages and in the process, claimed a fourth Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor A camogie title in five attempts at UPMC Nowlan Park.
O’Donoghue, who finished with 1-5, set the tone early on as she nabbed a wonderfully instinctive goal in the sixth minute, having initially created an opportunity for Ciara Morrison. The Bishopstown fulcrum followed up her jabbed finish with a well-struck free.
Amy Sheppard floated over a delightful point and when the lively Curtin nailed a stupendous score from an almost impossible angle, the first of four points from play for the right corner-forward, it was looking very good for the Rebels.
Maggie Gostl was Waterford’s most threatening player, scoring seven points and having a hand in a couple more. She drilled a 45 over the black spot to get them off the mark in the 14th minute and they settled into the fray.
But Sheppard, O’Donoghue, Curtin - with another outstanding finish after the latest of a number of interceptions by Laura Dunlea – and Amy McCarthy found the target at the other end, making it 1-7 to 0-5 at half-time.
Waterford upped the intensity in the second half and De La Salle teenager Gostl gave the Déise’s supporters tremendous hope with a couple of placed balls.
O’Donoghue extended the margin once more with her own brace but a Gostl block set up a delightful point for O’Neill and Gostl then made no mistake from a free on the left making it a one-score game again.
But Jerry Wallace’s squad always kept their gutsy opponents at arm’s length. Curtin provided two more very neat finishes and O’Donoghue, whose twin Caoimhe also played very well, put six between them.
Waterford kept fighting, Forrest and Kate Fennessy swapping points, but Forrest’s goal came too late and it was Cork’s day. Congratulations to all players, their families and friends, the management and background team, and all Cork Camogie supporters.
Scorers for Cork: E O’Donoghue (1-5, 2 frees); E Curtin (0-4); A Sheppard (0-2); A McCarthy, K Fennessy (0-1 ea
CORK: C Lane, M de Búrca, S Hurley, C O’Donoghue, O Cremin, L Dunlea, E Duignan, M Condon, A Fitzgerald, A Sheppard, C Morrison, A McCarthy, E Curtin, E O’Donoghue, N McNabola. Subs: B O’Shaughnessy for McNabola (44), K Fennessy for Morrison (53), E Crowley for C O’Donoghue (58), A O’Sullivan for Sheppard ((60+3)