Wednesday, 23 April 2014

RUTHLESS LAVEY LADIES BLOCK FOUR ROADS

All-Ireland Junior Camogie Club semi-final

Four Roads (Roscommon) 0-2 Lavey (Derry) 3-12      

Seamus Duke 

Four Roads’ dreams of an appearance in the All-Ireland Club Junior Camogie Final were well and truly dashed by a very impressive Lavey side at Ballyforan on Sunday last. Four Roads battled away from the very first whistle but they were simply outclassed on the day.

  The day was cold but dry and there was a big crowd to see this semi-final and a huge crowd present from Derry to follow their side. It all helped create a great atmosphere. 

However from early in the game it became obvious that there was only going to be one winner as Lavey swept forward mercilessly at every opportunity.  

  Attracta McPeake, Paul McCloy and Mary O’Kane in particular terrorised the Four Roads defence and that trio led the Lavey charge on the day. The signs were bad for Four Roads as early as the 4th minute when Paula McCloy stole in behind the home defence to poach a goal. There was a touch of good fortune about the goal as Donna Kelly appeared to have been fouled on the 65-metre line in the run-up to that score – but no free was given.

  Lavey were strong in defence and deadly up front and they added to their score steadily as the half progressed. Mary O’Kane, Paula McCloy and Attracta McPeake (free) all scored points before the second Lavey goal arrived in the 16th minute. Attracta McPeake’s pass was fielded by Mary O’Kane who made no mistake from close-range – and the same player added a point from 25 metres within 30 seconds.

  Four Roads were plugging away and they grabbed their first score in the 20th minute when Cait Kenny converted a ’45, but Lavey were relentless, McPeake adding two further pointed frees. Cait Kenny converted a 30-metre free for Four Roads to leave the half-time score at Four Roads 0-2 Lavey 2-6. 

  The second half didn’t bring any cheer for the home side as Lavey continued to dominate. Paula McCloy added two early points from play before Attracta McPeake continued on her scoring spree with frees from 45, 30 and 50 metres respectively to put the game well and truly beyond Four Roads.

  With seven minutes left on the clock, Mary O’Kane drilled home Lavey’s third goal. Then in the 24th minute the scoring was completed by Denise McShane, who was on target from 35 metres out.

  It was a day that will not live long in the memory for the Four Roads team but they tried so hard but just met a side that were superior in most areas of the field. 

Four Roads were best served on the day by the tireless Niamh Coyle, Donna Kelly and Cait Kenny, while for the winners, Ciara Mullen, Ceara Cushnahan, Attracta McPeake, Paula McCloy and Mary O’Kane were best.

Note: Congratulations to the St Aidans club for having the Ballyforan pitch in such excellent condition for the game.

Four Roads: Sharon Finneran; Catherine Glennon, Marie Glennon/Kelly, Brenda Hughes; Catherine Rogerson, Siobhan Coyle, Orla Hughes; Grainne Egan, Donna Kelly; Patricia Lennon, Cait Kenny (0-2), Niamh Coyle; Gertie Dowd, Elizabeth Glennon/Tully, Sinead O’Brien. Subs: Anna McCormack for Dowd, Nicola Crean for O’Brien, Aisling Fallon for Glennon, Andrea Crean for Lennon.

Lavey: Ciara Boyle; Aedin McVeigh, Kathleen Taggart, Ciara Mullan; Alana McMullan, Ceara Cusnahan, Siobhan Convery; Attracta McPeake (0-6), Edel Henry; Teresa McIlroy, Clare McCoy, Denise McShane (0-1); Paula McCloy (1-3), Mary O’Kane (2-2), Helen O’Neill. Subs: Donna Magill for McIlroy, Faoltiarna Ward for McVeigh, Eimear Murphy for O’Kane, Joanne McCloy for Paula McCloy, Seanine McCann for O’Neill.

Referee: Joe Kennedy (Louth).