Defending champions Kilmaley will take on Sixmilebridge in the final of the senior camogie championship after both were victorious in last weekend’s semi-finals. The final is scheduled for Saturday week.
Sixmilebridge 2-11 Kilnamona 1-5
SIXMILEBRIDGE qualified for their first senior final in a number of years with a strong win over Kilnamona at Wolfe Tones camogie field on Sunday.
Chloe Morey, who won the inaugural Gala senior championship award for her performance against Limerick, was first on the scoresheet for Sixmilebridge with a pointed free in the fifth minute and they went on to have five points on the board before Fiona Lafferty opened Kilnamona’s account after 16 minutes.
Rachel O’Halloran stretched Sixmilebridge ahead with a goal a minute later.
Fiona Lafferty was again on target from a pointed free in the 20th minute. Sinéad O’Loughlin had Kilnamona’s final score of the half with a great point in the 26th minute but it was the winners who dominated the remaining minutes and a goal from Noeleen Neylon helped them to a halftime lead of 2-8 to 0-3.
Chloe Morey had the opening two points of the second half for the winners before the Lafferty sisters responded with 1-2 for Kilnamona.
The final score of the half came from Sixmilebridge’s Niamh Corry, who had a tremendous game in the middle of the field.
Sixmilebridge: Áine McNamara; Orla Chaplin, Daneyna Shanahan, Anne Sweeney; Ciara Whelan, Bridget O’Halloran, Aiveen O’Shea; Niamh Corry, Sinéad Costelloe; Shauna Chaplin, Chloe Morey, Bernadette Crowe; Sinead Touhy, Noreen Neylon, Rachel O’Halloran.
Subs: Máiréad Hyland for Rachel O’Halloran; Orla Fitzgerald for Bernadette Crowe; Jessica Finnan, Liz Askins, Áine Lynch, Sinéad Hyland, Jean Chaplin, Kate Connors, Chloe Neylon, Trish Fawl, Hillary Orpen, Dianne Murray, Niamh McInerney, Cait Early,
Kilnamona: Ailish Cullinan; Ciara Cullinan, Siobhán Lafferty (0-1), Aisling Dillon; Grace Lynch, Christina Glynn, Anne Marie McMahon; Mary Roseingrave, Jennifer Griffin; Jacinta O’Grady, Fiona Lafferty (1-3, 0-2f), Theresa Roseingrave; Sonya Maher, Sinéad O’Loughlin (0-1), Claire O’Grady.
Subs: Catherine O’Loughlin, Bernadette Mullins, Ruth Cahill, Lisa Mullins
Referee: Fintan McNamara
Kilmaley 3-8 Newmarket 2-9
THERE was a controversial finish to this semi-final on Saturday evening when a late Kilmaley goal gave the champions victory over Newmarket after a well-contested game.
Newmarket followers were of the opinion that they should have been awarded a free out when Clare McMahon scored their third goal, which proved decisive, but referee Damian Fox waved play on and the score was allowed.
Kilmaley got off to a great start, clocking up goals from Ailish Considine and Claire McMahon and points from Katie Cahill, who opened the scoring, and Claire McMahon before Newmarket replied with a pointed free and a point from play from Róisín McMahon.
The next three scores came from Kilmaley with two points from Claire McMahon and one from Katie Cahill. Newmarket replied with a point from Sharon McMahon.
Claire McMahon got Kilmaley’s final score of the half with a pointed free.
Newmarket had the final scores of the half with Ruth Kaiser scoring a goal and a point to leave five points between the teams at half time, Kilmaley 2-6, Newmarket 1-4
Newmarket got off to a great start in the second half, scoring 1-2 from Sharon McMahon and a pointed free from Róisín McMahon before Kilmaley’s Claire McMahon pointed a 45.
The final scores of the half came from Kilmaley’s Claire McMahon and Newmarket’s Róisín McMahon but when the final whistle sounded the champions were two points ahead and safely through to the decider.
Kilmaley: Edel Griffey; Sinéad O’Halloran, Sarah Reidy, Niamh Cahill; Aida Griffey, Eimear Considine, Lorna Higgins; Helen McMahon, Emer O’Connor; Shonagh Enright, Emma O’Driscoll, Katie Cahill (0-2); Ailish Considine (1-0), Claire McMahon (2-6 2free one 45), Maria Hehir.
Subs: Niamh McGuane, Deirdre Kelleher, Ashling O’Halloran, Orla Keane, Edel Maher, Marie Hehir, Rebecca McNamara, Kathleen O’Keeffe, Ashling D’Arcy, Denise Lynch, Lisa Kennedy, Siobhán Maher.
Newmarket: Patricia O’Grady; Jane O’Leary, Iris Kaiser, Carol O’Leary; Aimee McInerney, Sinead Cullinan, Joanne Walsh; Róisín McMahon (0-5, 3f, one 45), Gemma McInerney; Aine O’Brien, Ruth Kaiser (1-01), Sharon McMahon(1-03); Carol Kaiser, Deirdre Cassidy, Catriona McMahon.
Subs: Claire Arthur for Catriona McMahon, Aoife Griffin, Mary Higgins, Sarah McInerney, Erica Minogue, Sinéad O’Neill, Carol Toomey
Referee: Damien Fox