The girls battled gamely – as the girls always do – in this evening’s All-Ireland semi-final clash with Cork at Nenagh but they were unable to prevent the Rebelletes from taking another decisive step towards a fifth All-Ireland title on the trot (RTE’s match report here). The girls were under the hammer for most of the game this evening and were always struggling to stay in contention against their all-conquering opponents. In the end, it was three well-timed goals that finished them off.
The first one, which came five minutes before the break, was the one that did the most damage as it sent the Rebelletes into the dressing room at half-time six points to the good and it was always going to be a big ask for our girls to make up such a deficit. When they got their second major with fifteen minutes to go, a heavy defeat looked on the cards but Cora then scored a belter of a goal at the other end just afterwards and it was our girls who enjoyed the better of the exchanges from then till the end. But they never got closer than four points and Cork’s third goal a minute before the hooter sounded left the final score at 3-10 to 1-9 in favour of the champions.
And so the girls bow out, once again, at the penultimate stage leaving the minors to carry the flag for the county at HQ tomorrow: no pressure on you or anything lads! I’ll be back tomorrow night with a match report on that one. Till then hombres.