Date Time Competition Season
15 July 2023 3:30 pm All Ireland Senior Championship 2023

Match Report

Clinical finishing sees Cork through to Semis

The O’Sullivan sisters Ciara and Doireann inspired Cork as they defeated Armagh by two points and book their place in the All-Ireland Senior Football semi-final.

Ciara scored five points and was named player of the match while Doireann scored four. Doireann was sin binned in the 46th minute but despite being down a player Cork dug in and didn’t concede a score while with 14. 

The big news before the game was the absence of Aimee Mackin for Armagh. She was replaced by Caitriona O’Hagan. Mackin was a huge loss for the Orchard County.

In a tight first half the sides were level on four different occasions. Doireann O’Sullivan and Blaithin Mackin traded early frees. Ciara O’Sullivan scored a neat point but that was cancelled out by a point from Aoife McCoy. 

In the 12th minute Armagh took the lead through McCoy. Daire Kiely was on target down the other end in the 13th minute before Mackin fired her shot wide. The O’Sullivan sisters kicked over points to edge Cork back in front in the 16th minute.

Armagh keeper Anna Carr was called into action in the 21st minute to bring off a fine save to keep her goal intact. Two frees from Kelly Mallon before the break drew the sides level 0-05 apiece.

Cork opened up a two point lead again in the 33rd minute with points from Ciara O’Sullivan and a fine one from Hannah Looney; with her back to the goal just flicked it over the bar.

In the 37th minute Armagh raised the green flag for the first time. Mallon started the move, Blaithin Mackin’s effort was blocked down and it fell nicely to Niamh Coleman and she made no mistake.

The O’Sullivan sisters were on target again to edge Cork back in front in the 40th minute. Another free from the boot of Doireann O’Sullivan put two between the sides in the 41st minute.

Armagh were back ahead in the 42nd minute when Mackin grabbed her side’s second goal after Shauna Grey’s effort had been blocked. Substitute Aoife Healy drew Cork level in the 44th minute before Doireann O’Sullivan was sin binned but Shane Ronayne’s side didn’t panic.

Katie Quirke kicked over two frees to put them ahead by two in the 52nd minute. Cork keeper Meabh O’Sullivan then pulled off an excellent save to deny Armagh a third goal.

Ciara O’Sullivan fired over a point to put three between the sides in the 56th minute. Armagh sub Blathnaid Hendron fired over a point for Armagh but try as they might they couldn’t close the gap any further and Cork held on for the win.


1Anna Carr Goalkeeper
2Shauna Grey Defender
3Clodagh McCambridge Defender
4Louise Kenny 13 Defender
5Grace Ferguson Defender
6Lauren McConville Defender
7Cait Towe Defender
8Niamh Coleman Midfielder 37'
9Eve Lavery Midfielder
10Blaithin Mackin Forward 42'
18Caitriona O’Hagan 19
12Emily Druse Forward
23Niamh Reel Forward
14Kelly Mallon Forward 22', 29'
15Aoife McCoy Forward 8', 12'
16Brianna Mathers Goalkeeper
17Maeve Ferguson Defender
11Aimee Mackin Forward
13Niamh Marley 4 Forward
19Blathnaid Hendron 18 57'
20Catherine Marley Forward
21Maeve Lennon
22Aoibheann McConville
24Megan McShane
25Tiarna Grimes Defender
26Laura Kavanagh
27Ciara Garvey
28Eimear O’Brien
29Millie Lavery
30Megan Sheridan


1Meabh O’Sullivan Goalkeeper
2Melissa Duggan Defender
3Eimear Meaney Defender
4Roisin Phelan Defender
5Anna Ryan 20 Defender
6Shauna Kelly Defender
7Laura O’Mahony 18 Defender
8Maire O’Callaghan Midfielder
9Hannah Looney Midfielder 33'
10Daire Kiely Forward 13'
29Libby Coppinger Forward
12Ciara O’Sullivan Forward 8', 14', 31', 40', 56'
13Orlaith Cahalane 11 Forward
14Doireann O’Sullivan Forward 2', 16', 38', 41'
15Emma Cleary Forward
16Sarah Murphy Goalkeeper
17Brid O’Sullivan
18Dara Kiniry 7 Defender
11Katie Quirke 13 Forward 48', 51'
19Laura Fitzgerald
20Aoife Healy 5 Defender 44'
21Abigail Ring Forward
22Abbie O’Mahony Midfielder
23Rosie Corkery
24Amy McDonagh Defender
28Deirbhle Creed Goalkeeper
25Sadbh McGoldrick Defender
26Ellen Twomey
27Kate Redmond Midfielder
30Ellie Jack Forward


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