VERY League Match Reports - A win and a loss for Tipp teams

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February 27, 2023

Very National League Division 1A 

Dublin 1-6

Tipperary 2-13

Tipperary made it two wins from two in the division 1 A league with a 10 point victory over Dublin in Parnell Park on Saturday.

Dublin were much improved from their opening round away to Cork and Grace O’Shea and Aisling Maher pointed to give them an early lead. It was the 9th minute before Tipperary got off the mark a point from Roisin Howard who finished with an impressive 3 points from play.  Caoimhe Maher, Cait Devane, Casey Hennessy, and Grace O’Brien all got on the scoreboard before Dublin who were guilty of some poor shooting scored again on the 27th minute. Tipperary moved 4 points clear but a Muireann Kelleher goal left it delicately poised at the break, 0-7 to 1-3. It could have been different heading in at the break if a 28th minute penalty after Aisling Maher was pulled down hadn’t been struck wide.

Tipperary made 4 changes at half time with Karin Blair, Eimear Loughman, Niamh Treacy and Teresa Ryan entering the fray. A goal from Caoimhe Maher nine minutes after the restart put five between the sides and sprung the premier into life.

Cait Devane quickly added a point and Tipp pushed on through the excellent Casey Hennessy in midfield and subs Teresa Ryan and Courtney Ryan. In the 55th minute Casey Hennessy put the seal on the win with a goal after a clever pass from Courtney Ryan. Next up for Tipp is a mouth-watering clash against Cork this Saturday in the County Camogie Grounds.

SCORERS – Dublin: Aisling Maher 0-4 (3 frees); Muireann Kelleher 1-0; Grace O’Shea, Claire Gannon 0-1 each.

Tipperary: Casey Hennessy, Caoimhe Maher 1-2 each; Roisin Howard 0-3; Ciardha Maher, Grace O’Brien, Cait Devane (free), Teresa Ryan, Courtney Ryan, Eimear McGrath (free) 0-1 each.

TEAMS – Dublin: Mairi Moynihan; Abbey Ryan, Eve O’Brien, Claire Gannon; Hannah O’Dea, Leah Butler, Kate Kilcommons; Elyse J Murphy, Gaby Couch; Grace O’Shea, Muireann Kelleher, Niamh Gannon; Aisling O’Neill, Kerrie Finnegan, Aisling Maher.

Subs: Zoe Couch for O’Dea (51); Aisling Gannon for Butler (54); Aoife Whelan for O’Shea (54); Aoife Heffernan for Kelleher (56); Ellen Baker for Murphy (56).

Tipperary: Aine Slattery (Shannon Rovers); Julianne Bourke (Borris-Ileigh), Clodagh Quirke (Clonoulty/Rossmore), Lorna Ryan (Clonoulty/Rossmore); Ciardha Maher (Burgess/Duharra), Karen Kennedy (Thurles Sarsfields), Mary Burke (Drom & Inch); Casey Hennessy (Clonoulty/Rossmore), Grace O’Brien (Nenagh Eire Og); Roisin Howard (Cahir), Mairead Eviston (Drom & Inch), Eimear McGrath (Drom & Inch); Cait Devane (Clonoulty/Rossmore), Caoimhe Maher (Burgess/Duharra), Clare Hogan (St Cillian’s).

Subs: Karin Blair (Cashel King Cormacs) for Burke (HT); Eimear Loughman (Clonoulty/Rossmore) for Ciardha Maher (HT); Niamh Treacy for Eviston (HT); Teresa Ryan for Hogan (HT); Courtney Ryan (Clonoulty/Rossmore) for Devane (52); Grace Moloney (Cashel King Cormacs) for O’Brien (54); Anna Fahie (Cashel King Cormacs) for Hennessy (57); Lily Fahie (Cashel King Cormacs) for L Ryan (60).

Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare)

VERY Division 2B League

Cork 4-20 

Tipperary 0-2

The Tipperary Junior team suffered a very heavy defeat to a flying Cork team on Saturday in the Cork Camogie grounds. For the first 20 minutes Tipp were competitive but missed some key scoring opportunities and trailed 5 points to 2, with the scores coming from Claire Stakelum and an Ellen Cuneen free. From the throw in Cork were focused and moved the ball at a great pace. Then came a killer blow in a 6 minute spell where they struck for 3 goals from Rose Murphy, Lauren Homan and Cliona Dooley to leave the scoreline 3-6 to 0-2 at half time.

Cork continued to dominate all over the field after the restart and quickly had 4 points on the trot. A Lauren Homan goal on the 39th minute further extended their lead and despite Tipp’s best efforts they struggled against a vastly more experienced Cork side who having been beaten in last year’s final will be many people’s favourites for this year’s All-Ireland Intermediate championship. It was a game that the Tipp management and players will look to quickly forget as they refocus now on Kilkenny this Saturday at home. With a number of key players still out through injury this will be another tough challenge. Best for Tipp in Cork were Claire Stakelum and Clodagh Horgan.

Scorers for Cork: H Ryan 0-8 (0-4f’s), L Homan 2-3 (0-1f), C Dooley 1-2, R Murphy 1-1, C O’ Leary 0-3 ( 0-1 f), L Allen, C Keane, L Hallihane 0-1 each.

Tipperary: E Cunneen 0-1(f), C Stakelum 0-1.

Cork: S Beausang; N O’ Leary, A Walsh, A Barrett; M Ring, A O’ Callaghan, A Moloney; R Harty, E Flanagan; R Murphy, L Allen, C  O’ Leary; L Homan, H Ryan, C Dooley.

Sub’s: L O’ Sullivan for A Walsh (44), L Doyle for M Ring (44), A Cashman for E Flanagan(48), O Mullins for H Ryan (48), T  McCarthy for  L Allen(50) C Golden for R Harty(50), C Keane for C O’ Leary (51), L Hallihane for A O’ Callaghan.

Tipperary: A Butler; E Murphy, R Maher, N Murray; L Cahill, C Walsh, C Ryan; C Horgan, A Callanan; C Shanahan, C Stakelum, C McKeogh; E Myles, R O’ Dwyer, E Cunneen. 

Subs: K Fitzgerald for E Murphy (22),E Butler for A Callanan (40), L Leenane for E Myles(40),A Sheedy for C Ryan (45), E Fogarty for C Walsh (45), A Greed for N Murray(50), E D’Arcy for C Shanahan(50).

Ref: Karol Collins (Galway).