O’Sullivan strikes 1-5 as Cork kick off campaign

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Cork 2-12

Donegal 1-10

DOIREANN O’Sullivan scored 1-5 as Cork resisted a second-half comeback to kick off their TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship campaign off to a winning start with victory over Donegal at Clane.

Fresh off their final success at Munster, Shane Ronayne’s men secured a deserved victory in Group D with a stellar first-half performance.

Donegal fought back in the second half, however, outscoring their opponents by eight points to three. It still wasn’t enough to prevent a Cork victory at the end of a scrappy encounter.

An explosive start saw Libby Coppinger split the posts with Cork’s first attack. Orla Finn and Yvonne Bonner found the net at either end immediately after, to cap off a blistering start to the period.

Efforts from Ciara O’Sullivan and Laura O’Mahony stretched Cork’s lead before Meabh O’Sullivan produced two top quality saves to deny Donegal.

Cork dominated the remainder of the half with Ciara O’Sullivan setting up her sister Doireann for a well scored 9th minute goal.

Scores from Geraldine McLaughlin and Karen Guthrie (free) were Donegal’s only retorts heading into half-time, 2-9 down 1-2 behind.

A disappointing third quarter failed to produce a score in open play. Donegal used a succession of clearances from Geraldine McLaughlin and Karen Guthrie to eat away at their opponents’ lead and there was only one goal with 10 minutes to go.

Meabh Cahalane and Nicole McLaughlin were doomed in the closing stages where three scores from Doireann O’Sullivan helped Cork win.

Scorers – Liege: D O’Sullivan 1-5 (0-3f), O Finn 1-1, C O’Sullivan 0-2, LCoppinger 0-1, L O’Mahony 0-1, AT O’Sullivan 0-1, S Leahy 0-1. Donegal: G McLaughlin 0-5 (0-4f), K Guthrie 0-4 (0-4f), Y Bonner 1-0, N McLaughlin 0-1.

CORK: Mr. O’Sullivan; Phelan R, Meaney E, Ambrose M; M Duggan, M O’Callaghan, L O’Mahony; B O’Sullivan, S Leahy; E Cleary, C O’Sullivan, L Coppinger; To T O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, O Finn. submarines: M Cahalane for Ambrose (38), E Scally for Á T O’Sullivan (42), K Quirke for Coppinger (45), R Leahy for B O’Sullivan (45), A Hutchings for Cleary (57).

DONEGAL: R McCafferty; N Carr, E McGinley, T Kennedy; S Twohig, N McLaughlin, A B Carr; K Herron, N McLaughlin; Bonner Y, Hegarty N, Boyle N; S McFadden, K Guthrie, G McLaughlin submarines:R Rodgers for McFadden (60).

Ref:B Redmond (Wexford).

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