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Lynda Daly aims for the posts past Lucy Desmond of Inniscarra. Photograph by Eugene McCafferty

CAMOGIE: Rodgers’ goal-den strike gives Scariff-Ogonnelloe final fever

Munster Senior Club Camogie Championship Semi-Final

Scariff-Ogonnelloe 1-8 Inniscarra 0-8

SCARIFF-Ogonnelloe’s quest for Munster glory will see another day out after an unbelievable showing of heart commitment and determination in Cork this afternoon, reports Derek Dormer. This game was not for the purists as conditions dictated that it would be a war of attrition rather than a free flowing end-to-end spectacle.

Inniscarra started the better of the two teams and with a huge wind and playing down a hill in the opening half, they raced into a four point lead with star forward Joanne Casey wreaking havoc.

Similar to the county final replay against Truagh-Clonlara, Scariff-Ogonnelloe refused to panic and dug deep showing huge character. They would in fact keep Inniscarra scoreless for the next 32 minutes. However, in that opening quarter they were in desperate need of a score and what an opening score they got – a green flag in the 11th minute courtesy of an Alva Rodgers strike. Rodgers picked up possession on the 14 and evaded a tackle before rifling low to the keeper’s right.

This score seemed to ignite Scariff-Ogonnelloe and deflate Inniscarra. The first-half would only see two more scores – one from Mairead Scanlon, a fantastic individual point, and an Aisling Corbett free to give Scariff-Ogonnelloe a one point interval lead on a score of 1-2 to 0-4.

Corbett’s free-taking would prove crucial to the outcome of this contest as each time she was called upon she was not found wanting, nailing five vital frees in total.

Heading into the final few minutes, Scariff-Ogonnelloe led by two and it was here where they showed that characteristic all successful teams need – work ethic.

Showing dogged determination, they continuously put their bodies on the line, hooking, blocking and tackling. With the clock ticking down Laoibhse O’Donnell would provide the game’s best score slotting over on the run from the acutest of angles. Best for the winners were Aisling Corbett, Ciara Doyle and Susan Daly, while Inniscarra’s best performer was Joanne Casey.

Scariff-Ogonnelloe manager Dave Sullivan congratulates vice-captain Amy Barrett after a tough semi-final outing against Inniscarra. Photograph by Eugene McCafferty
Lynda Daly of Scariff Ogonnelloe loses control of the sliotar to Rosie O’Mahoney of Inniscarra. Photograph by Eugene McCafferty

Scariff-Ogonnelloe: Rachel Daly; Abby Walsh, Ciara Doyle, Susan Vaughan; Rachel Minogue, Susan Daly, Alison McGee; Alva Rodgers, Mairead Scanlon; Labhaoise O’Donnell; Amy Barrett, Lynda Daly; Jennifer Daly, Lorraine Grady, Aisling Corbett. Subs Used: Cliona McNamara for Lorraine Grady (49 mins)

Scariff-Ogonnelloe Scorers: Aisling Corbett 0-5 ( 5f), Alva Rodgers 1-0, Mairead Scanlon 0-2.

Inniscarra: Caoimhe Buckley; Rosie O’Mahony, Ciara Ring, Caitlin Looney; Aine O’Regan, Erin Looney, Aoife Kavanagh (C);  Marguerite Lyons, Katie O’Mahony; Joanne Casey, Jenny Burke, Aileen Sheehan; Niamh Dilworth, Claudia Keane, Rebecca Quigley. Subs Used: Eimear O’Reilly for Katie O’Mahony, Aoife Dineen for Erin Looney (47 mins), Lucy Desmond for Niamh Dilworth (58 mins).

Inniscarra Scorers: Joanne Casey 0-7 (6f),  Claudia Keane 0-1

Referee: Mike Flannery, Limerick

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