Senior Colleges D Camogie Quarter-Final
St. Mac Dara’s CS, Templeogue, Dublin 0-2
Convent of Mercy, Roscommon 2-10
Another fine all-round team performance saw Mercy Roscommon play their way into the Senior Colleges D Camogie semi-final when they had a good win over the fancied Dublin school on Saturday last.
Conditions were perfect, if a little cool, for this game, which was played in St. Jude’s GAA club in Tymon Park, Dublin. The travelling team settled quickest into the match, and played some excellent passing camogie, with Edel Treacy and Ciara Kelly completely dominating the midfield sector.
The opening score of the game was an excellent point from play from the hurley of Shauna Keenan, who had an outstanding match in the No. 11 spot. This was followed by a great score from Ciara Owens who had a tough battle with the full-back all day.
The unrelenting pressure on the St. Mac Dara goal paid dividends when Lorna Dowd pounced on a poorly-cleared ball that broke out from the full-back line and she buried in the net for the first goal of the game. This settled the Convent and they went onto put together some lovely passages of play which saw them score a further three points (Ciara Kelly from a 45 and Deirdre Regan and Shauna Keenan from play). This left the half-time score at 1-5 to 0-0.
The second half saw the Dublin side come out with all guns blazing and they made some great forays onto the Roscommon goal. However Honor Ennis in goals and the full-back line of AM Lambert, A. Rogerson and C. Brennan dealt with it all with swift efficiency. The half-back line of O. Gately, A. Byrne and M. Brennan were stalwart in their defending and turned many of their defensive clearances into attacking moves.
The first score of the half, a point from play, came, as it had in the first from Shauna Keenan after great, brave play from Caroline Gunning. Following this Caroline won a great ball in the corner and, assisted by Ciara Owens, played a one-two and weaved her way quickly through the defence crashing the ball into the top of the net for an outstanding goal.
The Dublin side were not done yet and applied some pressure on the Roscommon defence which resulted in a 45 which they converted to get their first point. Roscommon responded immediately and put two more scores on the board with a pointed free from D. Regan and a great point from play from Edel Treacy. A now disheartened St. Mac Daras finished their day with a point from a 21-metre free and the game’s scoring closed as it had opened with another outstanding score from Shauna Keenan, her fifth point from play. It was a great all-round team performance in a much tougher, physical contest than the scoreline suggests.
The Convent now go onto face the Leinster champions on the 12th of February away in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Panel: Honor Ennis, Ann Maire Lambert, Aisling Rogerson, Orla Gately, Aisling Byrne, Maeve Brennan, Ciara Kelly, Edel Treacy, Deirdre Regan, Shauna Keenan, Cathy Dervan, Lorna Dowd, Ciara Owens, Caroline Gunning, Ciara Ryan, Maire Carty, Emma Gavin, Aisling Connaughton, Laura Doyle, Laura Kelly, Nuala Gunning, Niamh Egan, Aisling Feely, Brona Lowry, Miriam Hastings, Shauna Mulry, Aine McCormack, Amy Gacquin and Amy King.