Camogie, GAA, Sports

Mixed Weekend For Clare Camogie

Aoife Griffin and Denise Lynch in action for Clare. Picture - Aidan Ryan

Kilkenny hit the back of the Clare net. Picture – Aidan Ryan

It was another mixed weekend for Clare camogie, with Colm Honan’s senior side defeated for the third time in their fourth outing of 2015. There was success for the Clare minors while Round Two of the Senior Camogie League continued and action continued in the U14 Championship. Brid MacNamara and Páraic McMahon report on the action.

National League Rnd 4:
Kilkenny 4-15
Clare 0-10
Venue: Clonlara

Four games with three defeats is how Clare’s National League campaign of 2015 will enter the history books.

It’s a stark contrast to the 2014 campaign which saw the Banner reach the League decider only to get stage fright on the big day versus Kilkenny. It was a repeat of the 2014 final on Sunday and the Cats repeated the dose.

Kilkenny were at full-strength for this tie while captain Kate Lynch and long-serving panellist Roisin McMahon were both absent for the Banner. Realistically it still would have ended in defeat had the duo featured for the Banner.

Michelle Quilty was in fine scoring form for the Fintan Deegan managed Kilkenny as the roving corner-forward picked up two goals over the hour. On the side of the field, Clare failed to test Emma Kavanagh in the Clare goal with Chloe Morey the only forward to score for the Banner.

To win games, more than one forward needs to carry the burden and unless more players get on the scoreboard for the Banner, the results will continue to be disastrous. The question is whether or not Colm Honan, Patricia O’Grady and Dave Barry will solve the vast array of problems with the side in time for their Munster quarter-final against Waterford next Saturday.

Kilkenny: Emma Kavanagh (Rower Inistioge), Kate McDonald (Thomastown), Edwina Keane (St Martin’s), Jacqui Frisby (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Stacey Quirke (St Martin’s), Mairead Power (Carrickshock), Meighan Farrell (Thomastown) (1-00), Davina Tobin (Emeralds), Aisling Dunphy (St Brigid’s) (0-02), Denise Gaule (Windgap) (0-05 3f), Anna Farrell (Thomastown), Ann Dalton (St Lachtains) (1-04), Michelle Quilty (Mullinavat) (2-00), Katie Power (Piltown) (0-01), Shelly Farrell (Thomastown) (0-02).
Subs: Collette Dormer (Paulstown) for Quirke (16), Miriam Walsh (Tullaroan) (0-01) for Quilty (37), Catherine Foley (Windgap) for Tobin (45).

Clare: Denise Lynch (Kilmaley), Aoife Griffin (Newmarket-on-Fergus), Laura McMahon (Newmarket-on-Fergus), Carol O’Leary (Newmarket-on-Fergus), Orlaith Duggan (Clooney/Quin), Maire McGrath (Sixmilebridge), Kathleen Horgan (Truagh/Clonlara), Naomi Carroll (Sixmilebridge) (0-01), Niamh O’Dea (Kilmaley (0-01), Emma O’Driscoll (Kilmaley), Fiona Lafferty (Inagh/Kilnamona), Ellen Horgan (Truagh/Clonlara), Ailish Considine (Kilmaley), Chloe Morey (Sixmilebridge) (0-08 5f), Aoife Keane (Inagh/Kilnamona). Subs: Vera Loughnane (Feakle) for Considine (HT), Lisa Loughnane (Kilkishen) for O’Driscoll (HT), Michelle Caufield (Truagh/Clonlara) for E Horgan (41) (Inj).

Referee: Mike O’Kelly (Cork).

All Ireland Minor Championship
Clare 2-15
Wexford 2-11
Venue: Bellefield, Enniscorthy

Clare recorded a hard fought but deserved win over Wexford in the last round of the All Ireland Minor Championship. With both sides out of contention for the semi final stages, this game was played at a high intensity with neither side wanting to finish on the bottom of the table.

Wexford started the brighter with a goal in the opening minute, Aoife Doyle winning the sliotar in the middle and sending it down the far wing where Sorcha Foley gathered and sent a cross shot to Leah Walsh who finished to the net. Regan Conway and Chloe Foxe, free takers for the sides on the day, traded points before Conway added another free in the 8th minute.

Jodie Guilfoyle fired over Clare’s third point to leave daylight between the sides before Foxe pointed from play for the home side. Conway gathered from the puckout and this time passed to Saoirse Glynn who ran at the Wexford defence and fired over a point. With twenty minutes played, Clare won a free in the middle and Conway sent her shot to the square where Andrea O’Keefe gathered and raised the games first green flag, also putting the visitors ahead for the first time.

Sinnott added a brace for Wexford to have the sides level by the twenty fifth minute, before O’Keefe again pointed on the run following a timely pass from Ria Flanagan. Foxe with a free had the sides level again before Conway put Clare ahead with her converted free to see the visitors go in at the break with the minimum of advantages.

Clare continued the momentum into the second half and with Conway and Doireann Murphy adding a brace of points, leaving the Banner ahead by three points. However Wexford fought back and points from Foxe and Sinnott narrowed the gap to the minimum. Wexford struck for their second goal when Leah Walsh breached the Clare defence, her strike giving the home side a two point advantage.

Darren Hayes’ side responded well and when Conway stepped up to take a free in the following minutes, she placed her shot in the danger area, where Murphy goaled from the resulting scramble to edge Clare back in front. Clare never looked back from here and matched Wexford score for score.

Foxe’s free in the forty eight minute saw the sides level for the third time but this was to be Wexford’s last score as Clare drove on to finish out the game. Clare Hehir’s point in the 50th minute set Clare on their way, and with further points from Murphy, Flanagan, Clare held a 3 point lead with the game entering the closing minutes.

Conways free in the sixtieth minute was the insurance point for the visitors who took the win 2-15 to 2-11.

With a Munster title still up for grabs, this win will give Clare a timely boost. Clare’s accuracy with their scoring opportunities in the opening half was huge factor in this win, with Wexford hitting eight wides while Clare kept their wide tally at zero. Strong defending throughout was pivotal to their win also. However Clare will have to settle quicker the next day out to ensure they reach the Munster Shield Final.

Wexford 2-11 Scorers: L Walsh 1-00, C Foxe 0-07 5F 1’45, U Sinnott 0-03, L Dempsey 1-00, O Doyle 0-01.
Clare 2-15 Scorers: R Conway 0-05F, J Guilfoyle 0-01, S Glynn 0-02, A Keating 0-01, C Hehir 0-01, R Flanagan 0-01, A O’Keefe 1-02, D Murphy 1-02.

Clare: Rebecca Keating (Inagh Kilnamona); Aoife Tuohy (Feakle), Anna Clancy (St Colmans), Orlaith Cotter (Inagh Kilnamona); Chloe Devitt (Ballyea), Clare Hehir (Inagh Kilnamona), Teresa O’Keeffe (Inagh Kilnamona); Ria Flanagan (Ballyea), Andrea O’Keefe (Inagh Kilnamona); Amy Keating (Inagh Kilnamona), Saoirse Glynn (Kilmaley), Jodie Guilfoyle (Feakle); Doireann Murphy (Clarecastle), Regan Conway (Feakle), Ann Marie Hayes (Newmarket on Fergus)
Subs: Keelin Lyons (Sixmilebridge) for Guilfoyle (43), Aoibheann Duggan (Clooney Quin) for Hayes (51).

Wexford: Laura Brennan (Rathnure); Niamh Walsh (St Ibars/Shelmalie), Lauren Carty (St Martin’s), Leanne Foley (Rathnure); Amy Cardiff (St Martin’s), Sarah O’Connor (St Martin’s), Doireann Kavenagh (Castletown/Liam Mellows); Una Sinnott (Craanford/Monaseed), Aoife Doyle (Geraldine O Hanrahans); Chloe Foxe (St Martin’s), Ellen Roche (Naomh Eanna), Roisin Kelly (Bunclody); Sorcha Foley (Buffers Alley), Laura Dempsey (Glynn-Barntown), Leah Walsh (Rapparees).
Subs: Noeleen Shanahan (Oylegate/Glenbrien) for A Doyle (40), Oonagh Doyle (Rathnure) for Foley (45)

Referee: Liz Dempsey (Kilkenny).

Maire McGrath in possession. Picture - Aidan Ryan

Maire McGrath in possession. Picture – Aidan Ryan

PK Travel Adult Leagues
Newmarket-on-Fergus 3-18
Kilkishen 0-06
Venue: Fr Murphy Memorial Park, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Newmarket-on-Fergus made it two wins from two when they dispatched of the Kilkishen challenge with ease in a sunny Fr Murphy Memorial Park on Monday evening.

The Blues led from start to finish in this one and the result never looked like it would go against Newmarket once the sliotar was thrown in. Three scores from the stick of Niki Kaiser gave the home side a three point advantage with ten minutes on the clock. Kilkishen centre-forward Michelle Tierney opened her side’s account on the eleventh minute when picked off a nice score.

Ruth Kaiser claimed the first goal of the game when she handpassed to the back of Martina McNamara’s net at the midway stage. A brace of Jenny Kelly scores coupled with efforts from Carol O’Leary, Annmarie Hayes,

Gemma McInerney and the Kaisers gave the Blues a twelve point lead. Annmarie Hayes got on the end of a handpass from Ruth Kaiser and stuck the ball to bottom corner of the Kilkishen net and a further point from Kaiser had Newmarket ahead 2-11 to 0-01 at the break.

Substitute Aileen Kilmartin made an instant impact after half-time when she flicked a rebound past Martina McNamara for Newmarket’s third green flag. County teammates Carol O’Leary and Kate O’Gorman swapped scores with thirty five minutes played.

O’Gorman added a second shortly after but this was cancelled out by a fine Sharon McMahon score. Niki Kaiser with three points and Gemma McInerney with a single had the Blues in total control but Kate O’Gorman and Lisa Loughnane raised white flags to slightly test the vocal chords of the visiting crowd.

McInerney added to her tally with fifty three minutes played but Kilkishen got the final scores courtesy of Alannah Ryan and Michelle Tierney to leave a gap of twenty one points between the sides at the sounding of the full-time whistle.

To their credit, Kilkishen kept fighting to the last in this one despite the contest being over prior to half-time. This was evident towards the end of the game as the cut the gap and finished better than their opponents, keeping the Blues scoreless for seven minutes which was the longest amount of time in the match that Newmarket failed to score.

Kate Lynch was a massive loss to the East Clare side and the Clare Senior Camogie captain would have added a lot to the heart of the Kilkishen defence. Kate O’Gorman, Ella Donnellan and Michelle Tierney did well for Kilkishen.

For the entire sixty minutes, Newmarket never left second gear and they didn’t have to as they were by far the dominant team. It’s now two wins from two for the Darren Hayes managed side and they have scored 8-38 in the League to date.

The Blues got to use their full complement of subs which is good to see but a training session would have been more beneficial for the 2014 County semi-finalists. Gemma McInerney and Niki Kaiser were most impressive for the victors.

Newmarket-on-Fergus: Carol Kaiser; Aoife Griffin, Laura McMahon, Aislinn Keogh; Rachel Kelleher, Aimee McInerney, Kate O’Flanagan; Joanne Walsh, Niki Kaiser (0-07 3’45 1f); Gemma McInerney (0-03), Carol O’Leary (0-02), Sharon McMahon (0-01); Jenny Kelly (0-02), Ruth Kaiser (1-02), Annmarie Hayes (1-01).
Subs: Aileen Kilmartin (1-00) for Hayes (HT), Clare Hestor for O’Leary (43) (Inj), Aine Feehily for S McMahon (51), Rachel Sheedy for O’Flanagan (51), Rachel Mulcaire for N Kaiser (56), Mary Hayes for G McInerney (56), Niamh Ryan for Kelly (56).

Kilkishen: Martina McNamara; Ciara Ryan, Marie McNamara, Nollaig Baker; Aine Cooney, Cushla Hehir, Joanne O’Gorman; Alannah Ryan (0-01), Lisa Loughnane (0-01 1f); Niamh O’Gorman, Michelle Tierney (0-02), Ella Donnellan; Kate O’Gorman (0-02), Michelle Moroney, Edel McNamara.
Subs: Breda Cooney for Moroney.
Referee: Joe O’Donnell (Cratloe).

Inagh Kilnamona 2-10
Clooney Quin 0-08

Inagh Kilnamona’s two early goals inside the first 10 minutes left Clooney/Quin with a mountain to climb from the beginning in this Round 2 encounter. Laura Rynne was quickest off the mark to bat the rebound to the net to give the visiting side a crucial advantage which they maintained throughout the game.

Niamh O'Dea on the attack for Clare. Picture - Aidan Ryan

Niamh O’Dea on the attack for Clare. Picture – Aidan Ryan

Points from Claire Commane along with converted frees from Sinead Quinn and Fiona Lafferty added to their tally in the opening half. Clooney Quin worked hard but Inagh Kilnamonas back lines proved difficult to breach. Deirdre Murphy kept her side in it with her accuracy from placed ball along with grabbing her sides’ only score from play in the opening 30 minutes, to see the sides go in at the break Inagh Kilnamona 2-04 Clooney Quin 0-04.

The second half saw Clooney Quin put in a more solid performance however Inagh Kilnamona matched their scoring efforts. Inagh Kilnamona substitute Sinead Power grabbed the final point of the game after being introduced following good work from Fitzgerald to see the visitors take the points on a final score of Inagh Kilnamona 2-10 Clooney Quin 0-8.

Inagh Kilnamona: Rebecca Keating; Sarah Cotter, Clare Hehir, Orla Cotter; Teresa O’Keefe, Fiona Lafferty 0-3 1F, Aoife Keane; Sinead Quinn 0-2 1F, Andrea O’Keefe; Tara Rynne, Helen Hehir, Jane Fitzgerald 0-2; Claire Commane 0-1, Amy Keating, Laura Rynne 2-0
Subs: Chloe Foudy for Rynne, Sinead Power 0-1for Commane.

Clooney Quin: Sheelagh Daffy; Kate McCarthy, Mairead Kelly, Siobhan Halpin; Jessica O’Neill, Orlaith Duggan 0-1, Jenny Costelloe; Aoibheann Duggan, Aisling Hanon 0-1; Ciara Grogan 0-1, Deirdre Murphy 0-5, Emily Moloney; Gemma Hassett, Claire Ryan, Marie Keating.
Subs: Cora O’Grady for Marie Keating, Lorraine Conheady, Eimear McGrath.

Referee: Alan O’Neill

Sixmilebridge 0-19
Clarecastle/Ballyea 1-1

Div 2 League
Feakle/Broadford 8-18
Killanena/Tulla 2-03

A comprehensive victory over near neighbours Killanena/Tulla saw Feakle/Broadford maintain their unbeaten run in the Division 2 League.   Killanena/Tulla battled hard throughout but a dominant first half performance provided the foundation for this victory for the Feakle/Broadford girls.

Feakle/Broadford:  Collette Purcell; Lisa McGrath, Ciara Minogue, Samantha O’Connor; Aine Ryan, Karen Ryan, Catherine Donellan; Regan Conway (0-5 3F), Lauren Guilfoyle (0-1); Jodi Guilfoyle, Aoife Tuohy(0-3), Clodagh Gray (0-1); Laura McGrath (2-2), Caroline Fortune (2-0), Aoife Dillon (2-2)
Subs: Aine O’Grady for Laura McGrath, Katie Moloney for Purcell, Eimear O Shea (1-0) for Conway, Vera Loughnane (1-6) for Lauren Guilfoyle.

Killanena/Tulla: Lisa Meehan; Aoife Conlon, Lorna Power, Aoibhinn Byrnes; Sinead O’Callaghan, Ellen Solon, Aine O’ Callaghan;  Sorcha Costello, Tara Gleeson;  Sinead Canny,
Eveleen Glynn, Amy McNamara; Claire Taaffe, Aisling Hunt, Tricia O’ Donnell.
Subs: Valerie Hogan for Aoife Conlon (37), Aoife Conlon for Tricia O’Donnell (54)

Ref: Joe O Donnell.

Whitegate/Bodyke 3-13
Éire Óg 1-06
Div 3 & 4

Ruan/Burren 4-08
Clooney Quin 2-03

Played in Ruan on Holy Thursday evening in damp and wet conditions these two sides served up an entertaining game. It was the home side that took charge of the game from the start and with points from Louise McDonnell and Lorna Crowe were 3 points to the good in the opening 10 minutes.

A long range effort from Lauren O’Donoghue deceptively went under the bar to further increase Ruan/Burrens advantage. Alice Casey added a hat trick of points to have them 1-06 ahead with half time approaching. Clooney Quin were threatening up front but were thwarted and just before half time whistle an Emily Maloney free opened the visitors tally.

Clooney Quin came out in the second half in fighting form and Marie Keating got their first point from play. However a brace of goals for the home side from McDonnell and Casey further extended the North Clare side’s lead. Casey converted a free before seeing the line for a second yellow card.

With the advantage of an extra player, the visitors upped the ante and Kate McCarthys pointed free for Clooney Quin spurred her side on. Ruan/Burren winning possession in the middle moved play forward only for Nicola Moran and Siobhan Cunningham to converge, Natasha Hynes used her boot to pass to substitute Jannette Lynch who pulled with force on the sliotar for their fourth goal.

Goals in quick succession from Gemma Hassett and Lorraine Conheady lowered the gap but it was too little too late for Clooney’s second string side.

Ruan/Burren: Niamh Lyons; Nicola O’Donoghue, Claudia O’Donoghue, Eimear Neilan; Claire McDonnell, Roisin O’Loughlin; Laura Neilan, Lauren O’Donoghue 1-0; Alice Casey 1-4 2F, Ann O’Regan, Natasha Hynes; Lorna Crowe 0-1, Louise McDonnell 1-3
Sub: Janette Lynch 1-0 for E Neilan
Red Card: Alice Casey, Ruan.

Clooney Quin: Aine Nash; Nicola Moran, Siobhan Cunningham, Emma Sheehy; Maeve Clune, Siobhan Halpin; Kate Mc Carthy 0-1, Cora O’Grady; Lorraine Conheady 1-0, Marie Keating 0-1, Emily Maloney 0-1; Gemma Hassett 1-0, Paula Walsh
Sub: Hillary O’Connor for Paula Walsh.
Referee: Colm McHugh (O’Callaghans Mills)

Wolfe Tones 2-6 Broadford  3-6
Corofin 4-12 Kilmaley 1-8
HM Travel U14 Championship
Killanena/Feakle 3-06 Inagh Kilnamona 0-00

Feakle/Killanena were the winners in this second round tie on Wednesday evening last over Inagh Kilnnamona as they completely outplayed their opponents.

Despite determined play and the aid of a strong wind in the first half, Inagh Kilnamona were unable to get a score on the board throughout the first half, though had a number of opportunities to do so, and Feakle/Killanena went in at half time leading by ten points.

The East Clare side pushed on in the second half, such was their dominance that Inamona failed to score during the contest.

Inagh Kilnamona: Caitlin McInerney; Tierna Hegarty, Michelle Mescall, Eimear Cotter; Kate Hehir, Ciara Hehir, Leah Wynne; Cathy Cullinan, Hannah Shannon; Sarah Coote, Orla vaughan, Hazel O Connor; Patricia Coote, Aoibhinn Ryan, Roisin Mahoney.
Subs: Ava Cullinan for Vaughan (40 mins), Leanne Woods for Mahoney (40 mins), Muirreann Daffy for Hegarty (50 mins), Amy Shannon for Sarah Coote (54 mins), Ella Leyden for O Connor (56 mins)

St Josephs Doora/Barefield 4-03
Clooney Quin 1-00

The game was played in dry weather conditions with a breeze across the field favouring no team. This was an evenly matched contest with St Joseph’s taking more scoring opportunities. St Joseph’s went in at half time leading on a score line 3-01 to 1-00.
The Second half continued as the first half good tussles in many sectors of the field. Clooney Quin kept the pressure on throughout the game. St Joseph’s very were strong in the back line and held Clooney Quin scoreless in the second half. St Joseph’s winning in the end with a final score of St Joseph’s 4-03 Clooney Quin 1-00.

Tulla/Bodyke 5-03
Kilkishen 2-03
Venue: Dr Daly Park, Tulla.

Tulla/Bodyke took the points from this encounter on a cold evening in Dr Daly Park after overcoming neighbours Kilkishen with six points to spare.  The Tulla/Bodyke team are going for strength to strength in this Championship.

Kilkishen started with the wind in their favour and a point in the first 5 minutes followed shortly by two quick goals from Tulla/Bodyke.

These came from great team work from the strong back line on to Kaylee Cahill in midfield and finished off by Leagh Hunt with the first goal and a great display from Orla O’Brien with the second goal and a further point.

Kilkishen’s Caoimhe Kelly and Siobhan Lenihan went on to score another goal and a point to leave it 2-01 to 1-02 at half time.

Chloe Morey puts the pressure on. Picture - Aidan Ryan

Chloe Morey puts the pressure on. Picture – Aidan Ryan

In the first 10 minutes of the second half Tulla/Bodyke had the wind to their backs and made the most of it with great play from all the girls to see another 3 goals and 2 points scored.  Rachel Murray in the Tulla/Bodyke back line held out any further scores until near the end of the match when Siobhan Lenihan scored a goal for Kilkishen.

Tulla/Bodyke: Shauna Doyle; Alex O’Sullivan, Rachel Murray, Aoife Leydon; Molly Kilkenny, Roisin Minogue, Gillian Ryan; Orna Mulconroy, Leah Molly, Aisling Clarke; Kaylee Cahill(1-0), Leagh Hunt(2-0), Orla O’Brien(1-2),Sarah Minogue(1-0), Tara McCarthy
Subs: Claire O’Brien for Clarke, Nessa Flynn for McCarthy, Aoife Moroney for O’Sullivan, Aoife Murphy for S Minogue, Hannah Minogue for Mulconroy.

Whitegate 7-01
Newmarket on Fergus 2-02
Venue: Fr Murphy Memorial Park, Newmarket-on-Fergus

Whitegate’s visit to Newmarket was rewarded with a comfortable win over the homeside.
Goals from Greta Hickey and Danielle O’Brien saw the visitors settle early and remain on top throughout the game.

Aine McDermott tagged on another goal for Whitegate before Newmarket got their first point. A well worked pass from Alannah Hayes to Cait Keenan secured a fourth goal for the visiting side before Newmarket added on another point from a free just before the whistle leaving the half time score at Whitegate 4-00 Newmarket 0-02.

The home side started well in the second half with an early goal but Whitegate fought back with more goals coming from Aine McDermott and Aideen Hickey and a point from the stick of Amber Nolan. Danielle O’Brien added another goal to her tally but Newmarket battled to the end and snatched a sneaky goal from a hand pass into the net. A solid performance from Molly Spazzi helped secure the win for Whitegate.

Whitegate: Alannah McNamara;  Catriona Apsel, Nicola Bugler;  Molly Spazzi, Great Hickey (1-0), Danielle Flannery;  Aideen Hickey (1-0), Cait Keenan (1-0);  Aine McDermott (2-0), Amber Nolan (0-1), Chloe O’Halloran; Danielle O’Brien (2-0), Alannah Hayes.

Eire Og 8-01
Broadford 2-00

Éire Óg had a big win over Broadford in the U14 championship at the Éire Óg GAA grounds on Wednesday evening.

A first half hat trick of goals in the opening ten minutes from Phoebe Boateng put the Ennis side well on their way to victory. Substitute, Amy Russell, added another to the scoreboard on her introduction.

At the restart, Broadford netminder Laura Ryan pulled off an excellent save as she batted down a Chloe Barry shot, but, the ever vigilant Phoebe Boateng scored her fourth goal with a quick pull on the out coming ball. Half time substitute, Jodie Russell, added her name to the scoreboard with a well worked goal.

Once again, Broadford worked hard and maintained possession and kept the ball up the Éire Óg goal end for the majority of the remaining time. Ellen O’Sullivan narrowly missed a goal striking the ball against the cross-bar and down in to the box. However, Molly Marsh helped lift Broadford spirits with a final goal for the last score of the match.

Éire Óg: Dearbhla Kennedy;  Kate Neylon, Leanne Considine; Eunice Boateng, Leanne Russell (1-0), Aimee Daniels ; Emer Murray, Phoebe Boateng (4-0); Alana McInerney (0-01) Jamilla Liani, Chloe Barry(1-0 ‘45) , Jodie Russell; Karolina Lis, Abby Quirke.
Subs: Amy Russell (1-0) for Karolina Lis (20), Jodie Russell(1-0) for Jamilla Liani (HT) Jamilla Liani for Eunice Boateng (45) , Karolina Lis for Abby Quirke (50).

Broadford: Laura Ryan; Clair Heffernan, Nicole O’Keeffe; Maeve Moroney, Emma Spaight, Ellen O’Sullivan; Susan O’Shea, Cathy O’Farrell; Ava Vaughan, Clodagh O’Farrell, Emma Cooper; Molly Marsh, Elsa Vaughan.
Subs: Rachael O’Connell for Ava Vaughan; Emma O’Brien for Elsa Vaughan
Referee: Martin Leahy (Ruan)

Banner 4-02
Ballyea 1-03

Banner and Ballyea battled each other and the rainy conditions last Thursday evening in the U14C camogie championship.

Ballyea were awarded two frees within the first 7 minutes, both taken by Laura Hogan. But they were cleared well by Banner’s Caoimhe Meehan, to Derrin Finnerty and up to the Ballyea end for a goal by Banner.

From the puckout Ballyea’s Cliodhna Dennehy and Moya Sheehan sent the ball down the far end and a shot at goal by Laura Carmody was saved by the Banner goalie. Ballyea won the ball again and the next shot by Laura Carmody went over the bar for a point. Banner quickly sent the ball up towards the Ballyea goal but a shot was saved by Aishling Phelan and cleared out the field by Kate Murphy. A free for Ballyea was taken by Laura Hogan who picked out Laura Carmody who notched up another point for Ballyea to make the half-time score Banner 1-0, Ballyea 0-2.

The second half started with another quick point by Laura Carmody for Ballyea. But Banner’s Derrin Finnerty quickly replied with a shot to the back of the net, a goal for Banner.  Banner kept the pressure on the Ballyea goal and the ball was put out for a 45 which was dropped in near the square but cleared by Kate Murphy. Banner soon won a free and this was put over the bar by Caoimhe Meehan.

A free in the other direction for Ballyea, taken by Laura Hogan was caught beautifully by Laura Carmody and put in the back of the Banner net.  At this point Banner upped their game and despite great work by Sorocha Donnellan and Fionnuala Fallon in defence for Ballyea, Caoimhe Meehan scored another goal which Banner followed up with another point and another goal to put Banner well ahead.  And with the rain making play very difficult the score remained at 4-2 to 1-3 for the remaining 8 minutes to give a win for the home team.

Ballyea: Aishling Phelan; Fionnuala Fallon, Kate Murphy; Cliodhna Dennehy, Rachel O’Dea, Sorocha Donnellan; Laura Hogan, Moya Sheehan; Rachel Costelloe, Laura Carmody (1-3), Shauna McCarthy; Emer Phelan, Rebecca Carmody.

Banner: Kate Flynn; Candice Brennan, Claudia Ryan; Niamh Cassidy, Kate Browne, Clodagh Vaughan; Ann Marie Meenaghan, Caoimhe Meehan, Rianne De Paula; Derrin Finnery, Elena Sanz, Hannah McCormack; Sadbh Dunne, Sadhbh Shannon; Ciara Meehan, Aoibhinn Leydon, Shauna Carey
Referee: Anne-Marie McGann, St Josephs

Clarecastle 8-5 Corofin 1-0
Corofin 9-10 Parteen 0-2
Wed 08th April
HM Travel U14 Championship
Inagh Kilnamona v Scariff Ogonnelloe
Killanena/Feakle v Kilmaley
Ruan/Burren v St Josephs
Kilkishen v Newmarket on Fergus
Clooney Quin v Sixmilebridge
Whitegate v Bodyke
Corofin GAA: Corofin v Broadford, 6.30pm
Eire Og v Clarecastle
Banner v Parteen
Cratloe v Ballyea
Fri 10th April
PK Travel Adult Leagues
Div 3 & 4
Kilkishen v Doonbeg/Kilkee
Results to be texted to Fixtures 086 3855346 & PRO 086 3978996 immediately after game.

Sat 11th April
Munster Senior Championship
The Ragg: Clare v Waterford
Munster U16C Championship Final
The Ragg: Clare v Waterford
Sun 12th April
Munster Minor Championship
Clare v Waterford


About Brid MacNamara

Brid is the current PRO of Clare Camogie. The Ruan native has picked up numerous awards for her promotion of Camogie as PRO and through her use of Social Media.


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