Waterford (4-14)
Cork (1-11)
Semi Final
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Report by Tim McEnery

Throw-in for the Munster Intermediate Camogie semi-final between Waterford and Cork was scheduled for 1pm on Sunday 26th May 2013 in Tallow, County Waterford. Before play commenced a minutes silence was observed for Father Cooney who was a former Chairman and President of the Waterford County Board.
Waterford elected to play with the wind in the first half. The sliotar was thrown in by Tipperary referee Ger Browne and a very capable Cork team immediately went on the offensive but was aided by some uncharacteristic errors by the Waterford backs, so much so that as early as the second minute Cork were gifted a goal. This was not the start that Waterford had planned. Cork continued to pressure Waterford and scored two points by Rebecca Murphy and Clara O’Leary before Waterford had their first score from a Trish Jackman free from the 45 meter line. This score seem to settle the Waterford team as shortly thereafter Jenny McCarthy scored Waterford’s second point which was swiftly followed by another from Lorraine Bray, both points were from play.
Waterford’s first goal was scored when Lorraine Bray gathered the sliotar on the right wing and made one of many runs towards the Cork goal where she passed to Karen Kelly who slotted the sliotar between the uprights for her first score of the afternoon. Emma Hannon and Fiona Morrissey for Waterford were now working well as a partnership in front on the Waterford goal winning some important possession for Waterford to build on and Waterford had further scores from Nicola Morrissey and Karen Kelly. Cork could only reply with a ‘45
and a free, both scored by Finola Neville.  The blustery conditions were proving challenging for Waterford’s goalkeeper when Cork did manage to penetrate the Waterford defence but the Waterford players held firm. At half time, the score stood at Waterford 1-07 to Cork’s
1-04.
A strong start to the second half saw Nicola Morrissey score a point from play which was quickly followed by a goal from Zoe O’Donoghue after some excellent play by Lorraine Bray on the wing. Points followed from Karen Kelly, Nicola Morrissey and Lorraine Bray before Waterford scored their third goal when a surging run by Nicola Morrissey was met by Lorraine Bray. Cork had responded with points from Aoife Deasy, Rebecca Murphy, Clare O’Leary, Finola Neville and Jessica Hennigan during this period but were well off the pace as
midway through the second half the score stood at Waterford 3-12 to Cork’s 1-09.
Waterford’s fourth goal was scored by Nicola Morrissey when she accelerated past the Cork defence and fired low from a very tight angle from the right of the Cork goal. Karen Kelly scored the final Waterford score of the afternoon after a couple of scores from Cork’s Jacinta Crowley. The final score was Waterford 4-14 to Cork’s 1-11.
Waterford are now through to the Munster final which is to be played at a date yet to be decided.
Waterford: Deirdre Brennan; Emma Hannon, Fiona Morrissey, Vicky Falconer; Marie Russell, Charlotte Raher, Clare Whyte;  Jenny McCarthy 0-1, Jennie Simpson; Trish Jackman 0-1, Nicola Morrissey 1-04, Mairead Murphy; Zoe O’Donoghue 1-0, Karen Kelly 1-04, Lorraine Bray 1-04  
Cork: Stefanie Beausang; Leanne O Sullivan, Marie Smiddy, Aoife Kavanagh; Jessica Hennigan, Hazel O Regan, Lauren Callanan; Sarah Buckley, Orla Healy; Jessica O Shea, Jacinta Crowley, Finola Neville; Rebecca Murphy, Aoife Deasy , Ciara O Leary