Saturday, 26 July 2014

DOMINICS DO THE DOUBLE

Junior Camogie Final 

St Dominics 2-6 

Na Brideoga 1-4

St Dominics retained their Junior title with a well deserved victory over Na Brideoga in a repeat of lasts year’s decider. From the outset Dominics looked the sharper outfit. After four minutes Niamh Watson made a darting run down the right wing and her delivery into the full-forward line was pulled on by Niamh Egan and finished to the back of the net. 

  Further pressure from St. Dominics was well defended by Na Brideoga, with full-back Yvonne Byrne and centre-back Aoife Cassidy doing particularly well.  Eventually Na Brideoga fought their way into the game and a good Mairead Charlton effort was saved and put out over the end-line. Aisling Tarpey pointed the resultant 45m free. This was Na Brideoga’s best spell of the half and Tarpey added two further points.  

  St Dominics regained control around the half-back and centrefield area and were rewarded with pointed frees from Susan Spillane, who was having an excellent game at centre-forward. On 25 minutes she drove a long ball into the full-forward line and it was expertly fielded by Caroline Connaughton who fired to the net. Fiona Murray added another point from play after good work on the wing by Niamh Egan. St Dominics finished the half strongly with another point from the stick of Caroline Connaughton to leave the score at 2-4 to 0-3.

  St Dominics started the second half on the attack and a goal looked on but the final pass to Connaughton just went astray. To Na Brideoga’s credit they fought back and after five minutes, midfielder Aine Charlton went on a solo run and fired an angled shot from the 20m line to the net. They continued to press for scores but were met with a resolute Dominics defence. Roisin Connaughton, Joanne Beattie and Aisling Byrne cleared their lines time and time again. 

  Sinead Muldoon got a point for Na Brideoga but it wasn’t enough as Dominics finished the game strongly. Susan Spillane pushed them further ahead with two points, one from a free and one from play. 

  Both teams gave it their all, but St Dominics were full value for their victory as they had the better stick-work and were more dangerous around the goal area. They had great performances from Aisling Byrne, Caroline Connaughton, Roisin Connaughton, Susan Spillane and Niamh Watson. Best for Na Brideoga were Yvonne Byrne, Aoife Cassidy, Niamh Cunnane, Aine Charlton and Aisling Tarpey.

St Dominics: A Connaughton, C Connaughton, R Connaughton, E Gately, J Beattie, A Byrne, S Morris, C Dowling, N Watson, S Spillane, S Carney, F Murray, C Cox, N Egan, S Beirne. Subs used: E Morris, L Doyle, C Dervan.

Na Brideoga: L O’Connell, A Murray, Y Byrne, S Lenehan, S Lynskey, A Cassidy, N Cunnane, A Charlton, L Walsh, A Tarpey, M Cunniffe, M Kennedy, A Kenny, S Muldoon, M Charlton. Subs used: M Coyne. 

Referee: Noel Gavin (Galway).