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Thursday 8 December 2016

Camogie Final: Cork clinch crown to equal Dublin's record

Cork captain Ashling Thompson, centre, celebrates with her team-mate's after being presented with the O'Duffy cup
Cork captain Ashling Thompson, centre, celebrates with her team-mate's after being presented with the O'Duffy cup

Ashling Thompson had her porridge. She then listened to the Spice Girls.

She scored the game's first point, added a beauty late on and then collected the O'Duffy Cup.

The Cork captain was featured in yesterday's match programme for the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship finals at Croke Park.

The Hit Machine provided the entertainment for a crowd of 17,000. Now Cork have produced a big record of their own.

It was their 26th title. It brings them level at the top of the leader board with Dublin.

Briege Corkery's 54th minute goal put the red ribbons on the Cup. After the final whistle, Briege quoted from the bible of Gary Player. "The harder you work, the luckier you get."

Cork had that overall guile and quality that saw them home, 1-13 to 0-9. Gemma O'Connor was outstanding at centre half-back. Orla Cotter was superb.

Cork brought that Cat-like intensity to the tussle. They were winning the dirty ball and using it cleanly.

Niamh McGrath, Hopper's daughter, hit eight of Galway's nine points. Seven of Niamh's points came from frees.

Galway trailed by 0-8 to 0-4 at the break. They reduced the deficit to one point six minutes into the second period, but Cork always had enough about them.

Earlier, Laois won the Premier Junior crown, while Waterford lifted the Intermediate prize.

 

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