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Cork teams crowned All-Ireland champs

Wednesday, 9th August, 2017 4:36pm

Five goals saw Cork home in the All-Ireland Minor Ladies Football Final against Galway on Monday. The Cork side captured their third title in a row in Tullamore with Republic of Ireland international Saoirse Noonan bagging 3-4 of Cork's final tally of 5-11 to Galway's 1-4. The 18 year old scored 2-5 in the 2016 final with just two of her scores against Galway this week coming from frees.

Along with Noonan's huge personal tally, her teammate Sadhbh O'Leary accounted for 2-3 of Cork's score, all from play. The Kinsale player scored five points in last year's final. Led by manager John Cleary, Cork's 19 point trouncing of Galway came just one day after the Cork Under 17 hurlers were crowned All-Ireland champions in Croke Park. 
The inaugural year of the competition saw Cork enjoy a two point victory over Dublin, 1-19 to 1-17. The win is a timely boost ahead of the Cork minor hurlers' visit to Croke Park on Sunday where they play the same opposition, Dublin, in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. 
Eight of the starting 15 on the Under 17 side, Daire Connery, Ronan Sheehan, Conor O’Callaghan, Aaron Walsh Barry, Declan Hanlon and Colin O’Brien and twins Eoin and Brian Roche, are involved in the minor panel with the Roches, Aaron Walsh Barry and Daire Connery all starting in the Munster Final win over Clare in July. The Under 17 side had been tipped to capture the title since the beginning of the competition with the same group of players having won the Under 16 and Under 15 titles previously.
Meanwhile, the senior Cork ladies football team were once again on the winning end of a one point victory, which sees them advance to the All-Ireland Quarter-Final. Five second half points from Eimear Scally, along with another five from All Star Orla Finn, along with scores from Niamh Cotter, captain Ciara O'Sullivan, Doireann O'Sullivan and Aine O'Sullivan saw the Cork side over the line on the tightest of margins, eventually beating Monaghan 14 to 1-10. Next up is Galway on 19 August with hopes of the All-Ireland seven in a row very much alive on Leeside.

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