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Cork U-16s in control

Niki Kaiser of Clare gets ahead of Rachel Sheehan. Photographs by John Kelly

Cork 5-9  Clare  3-3

Cork showed their determination to retain the title of U-16A All-Ireland champions on Sunday in Newmarket with a comprehensive 5-9 to 3-3 defeat of Clare. Cork set the tone with their first point inside the opening minute of play and Linda Collins raised their first green flag in the fifth minute, which she pulled on the rebound following a save by Clare’s net minder, Pauline McNamara.
Clare were slow to settle into this game and Cork took advantage of the sluggishness to lead 2-3 to Clare’s single point by the 20th minute. Clodagh O’Halloran goaled for Clare soon after, before Cork added another 2-1 to their tally, leaving a half-time score at 4-4 to 1-1 in Cork’s favour.
Clare were much more settled in the second half but quick reflexes by Kayln Lee in the Cork goalmouth denied Lauren Guilfoyle and Clare had the perfect start to the restart. Cork however, regained superiority and had four unanswered points before Guilfoyle pointed a free for Clare.
Ali Quinlan added another free in the 18th minute. Cork’s Claire Shine raised their fifth green flag in the 20th minute before Clare had two goals from Aisling Corbett and O’Halloran. Cork had the final say when Niamh Byrne added another a point

Clare:
Pauline McNamara; Mary Kate Moloney, Clodagh Lawlor, Shauna Fleming; Eimear Casey, Jane Flanagan, Ellen Roche; Aisling Corbett (1-0), Orla Devitt; Lauren Guilfoyle (0-1), Niki Kaiser (0-1), Aislinn Keogh; Ali Quinlan (0-1), Clodagh O’Halloran (2-0), Kate O’Gorman.
Subs: Rebecca Devine for Shauna Fleming (25 minutes), Sinéad Kelly for Aislinn Keogh (43 minutes), Gráinne Nolan for Kate O’Gorman (52 minutes).

Cork:
Kayln Lee; Roberta Harrington, Siobhán Hutchinson, Susan O’Leary; Emma Kavanagh, Rachel Sheehan, Leona Murphy; Rachel O’Callaghan, Jennifer Hosford (0-1); Orla Healy (0-1), Claire Shine (1-6), Jess Hennigan; Niamh Byrne (1-1), Linda Collins (2-0), Amy O’Connor (1-0).
Subs: Gráinne Sheehy for Rachel Sheehan; Maedbh Cahalane for Orla Healy; Claire Sexton for Claire Shine; Kara Clifford for Roberta Harrington; Mary McGuinness for Jennifer Hosford.

Referee:
Eamon Browne, Tipperary.

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