Tyrrell’s remarkable return continues apace as Dublin see off Cork

by Gazette Reporter
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Lidl NFL Division 1B Round 2 – Dublin 3-15 / Cork 4-11

By Anthony Newman

IN THEWEEK she announced her international retirement from rugby, Hannah Tyrrell put on a star show for the Dublin ladies footballers as they won a barnstormer against Cork by a single point at Páirc Uí Chaoimh which sees them safely into the Division 1 semi finals. 

Tyrrell scored 2-7 as Cork tried in vain to haul back the Dubs with Hannah Looney, Sadhbh O’Leary, Emma Cleary and Ciara O’Sullivan goaling for Cork in a cracking game. 

“It was high-scoring, it was open but that’s the nature of these two teams, they just go at it don’t they,” said Dublin manager Mick Bohan. 

“You’re trying to blood players and for us to be through to the league semi final now guarantees us four games and that gives us a chance to do that. 

“We found ourselves clinging on in the end but that’s typical of Cork: they don’t stop.” 

It swung dramatically back and forth throughout. Tyrrell turned on the style to help Dublin come back from a four-point deficit and her tally of 2-2 in a three-minute spell in the second half was telling. 

Dublin were two points clear at half-time, but goals from Looney and O’Leary straight after the restart gave Cork the belief that an upset was on the cards. 

However, a stunning third quarter from Tyrrell saw her goal twice, while Lyndsey Davey’s palmed effort made sure of the win for Dublin. 

An Emma Cleary penalty nine minutes from time lifted Cork’s hopes again and Ciara O’Sullivan hit a fourth Cork goal. And Cork were unlucky not to draw but Cleary’s effort came back off the post in the final minute. 

Dublin were in front three minutes in when Davey scored from a free with Orla Finn replying for Cork. 

A sweeping move, involving Davey and Jennifer Dunne put Lucy Collins in for Dublin’s second point as they were dominating possession in the early stages. 

A Finn free had the home side back level and Cork were unlucky not to go in front after nine minutes. 

Melissa Duggan was clean through but Dublin keeper Abbey Sheils saved superbly to deny her what looked like a certain goal. 

Dublin then took over and they put massive pressure on the Cork kick-outs which led to them regaining possession and they rattled off three points, all coming from overturning the ball. 

Another pointed free from Finn put two between the sides, with Davey on target again for Dublin, 

Finn hit two more to put one between the sides before Sheils made another great save, this time denying O’Leary from a tight angle. From the resultant 45 O’Leary was again denied by Sheils. 

Scores from Tyrrell and Collins increased the visitors lead before Finn got her sixth free of the half as Dublin deservedly lead 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time. 

Whatever Cork manager Ephie Fitzgerald said to his side at the break, it certainly worked – at least early in the second-half anyway. 

In the first two minutes they hit 2-1, with Looney getting the first goal. Ciara O’Sullivan pointed from the restart before O’Leary scored Cork’s second. And they could have had a third, this time Sheils denying Finn as Cork led 2-7 to 0-8. 

But Dublin showed why they are TG4 All-Ireland champions and hit back with a point from Tyrrell and this was quickly followed by a goal from Davey. O’Sullivan replied for Cork, but two goals and two points in three minutes from Tyrrell put Dublin back in control, 3-11 to 2-8. 

Dublin kept on the pressure but Cork were thrown a lifeline late on, O’Sullivan played O’Leary in but she was taken down by Orlagh Nolan for a penalty, which also saw her sin-binned. Cleary coolly slotted home to make it 3-9 to 3-13. 

Finn added a point and with time running out O’Sullivan got Cork’s fourth goal, to put only a point in it, but Dublin held on for the win in an enthralling game. 

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