Date Time Competition Season
19 June 2022 2:00 pm All Ireland Senior Championship 2022

Match Report

SFC: Cork hold off Donegal challenge

Doireann O'Sullivan scored 1-5 as Cork withstood a second half comeback to get their TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship campaign off to a winning start with victory over Donegal in Clane.


Fresh from their Munster final success, Shane Ronayne’s side picked up a merited Group D victory thanks to a terrific first half performance.

Donegal bit back in the second half however, outscoring their opponents 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 cracking early period.

Ciara O’Sullivan and Laura O’Mahony efforts stretched Cork’s lead prior to Meabh O’Sullivan producing two saves of the highest quality to deny Donegal.

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

Geraldine McLaughlin and Karen Guthrie (free) scores were Donegal’s only replies before going in at half-time, 2-9 to 1-2 behind.

A disappointing third quarter failed to produce a score from open play. Donegal used a succession of Geraldine McLaughlin and Karen Guthrie frees to eat into their opponent’s lead and there was only a goal in it with 10 minutes left to play.

Meabh Cahalane and Nicole McLaughlin were sin-binned in the closing stages where three Doireann O’Sullivan scores helped Cork win it out.


1Meabh O’Sullivan Goalkeeper
2Roisin Phelan Defender
3Eimear Meaney Defender
4Sarah Leahy Defender 30'
5Melissa Duggan Defender
6Maire O’Callaghan Defender
7Laura O’Mahony Defender 5'
8Aisling Hutchings 22 Midfielder
9Shauna Kelly Midfielder
10Emma Cleary Forward
11Ciara OSullivan Forward 3', 32'
12Libby Coppinger 18 Forward 1'
13Aine O’Sullivan 23 Forward 10'
14Doireann O’Sullivan Forward 12'
16', 22', 41', 60', 66'
15Orla Finn Forward 1'
16Martina O’Brien Goalkeeper
17Marie Ambrose 19 Defender
18Katie Quirke 12 Forward
19Meabh Cahalane 17 Defender 54'
20Abbie O’Mahony
21Dara Kinry
22Rachel Leahy 8
23Eimear Scally 13
24Orlagh Farmer
25Aisling Kelleher
26Laura Fitzgerald
28Emma Spillane
29Ciara McCarthy


1Roisin McCafferty Goalkeeper
2Niamh Carr Defender
3Evelyn McGinley Defender
4Tanya Kennedy Defender
5Shelly Twohig Defender
6Nicole McLaughlin Defender 60'
7Amy Boyle Carr Defender
8Katy Herron Midfielder
9Niamh McLaughlin Midfielder 53'
10Yvonne Bonner Forward 2'
11Niamh Hegarty Forward
12Niamh Boyle Forward
13Deirdre Foley Forward
14Karen Guthrie Forward 25', 33', 38', 50'
15Geraldine McLaughlin Forward 23', 34', 47', 48', 55'
16Aoife McColgan Goalkeeper
17Shauna McFadden Defender
18Jodie McFadden
19Blathnaid McLaughlin Forward
20Tara Hegarty Defender
21Katie Long
22Susanne White Forward
23Roisin Rodgers Defender
24Codie Walsh
25Emma McCrory
26Shauna Higgins
27Saskia Boyle
29Danielle McGinley
30Laoise Ryan


Clane GAA Club
Conneff Park, Clane ED, The Municipal District of Clane — Maynooth, County Kildare, Leinster, W91 X253, Ireland

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