All Ireland Junior Camogie Club Final
Myshall (Carlow) 3-9 Scariff/Ogonnelloe 0-8
WHILE Myshall were deserved winners the scoreline is deceiving, as they only led the East Clare women by 1-8 to 0-8 after a minute of injury time.
It was still possible that the East Clare side could force a replay, but the Carlow girls had very late goals from the outstanding Ciara Quirke and Olivia Jordan, and Quirke then pointed to leave the gap at ten points.
Overall they were the better side, but there is no way that Scariff/Ogonnelloe were ten points a poorer team.
The Clare side had fine performances from the likes of Susan Vaughan and particularly Mairéad Scanlon, but didn’t quite have the same quality as the Carlow women, who also won the title in 2012.
The most noticeable tactic of the day was Myshall’s mass withdrawal of players into defensive areas, particularly in the second half. At times there was just one attacker in the Scariff/Ogonnelloe half, somewhat reminiscent of the Donegal team of a few years ago.
Myshall were first on the board, a good move ending with a Ciara Mullins point in the fourth minute, but that was cancelled out by Mairéad Scanlon, Scariff/Ogonnelloe’s scorer in chief, in the eighth.
Ciara Quirke and Róisín O’Brien traded points, before the Clare side took the lead in the 13th minute, Danielle Sheedy finding the range from the right wing.
However Myshall would start to dominate in the second quarter, establishing a major advantage in terms of territory.
Ciara Quirke pointed a 45 for them in the 19th minute and she was just wide with a goal effort shortly afterwards, before scoring a fine point from play in the 23rd. She was also instrumental in setting up a point for Olivia Maye in injury time, leaving them two points to the good, 0-5 to 0-3, with the second half to come.
Points were traded in the first nine minutes of the second half, but the first goal always going to be crucial and Myshall got it in the 46th minute. Predictably, it came from the outstanding Quirke, but goalkeeper Ashling Quirke may have been a little unlucky, as she seemed to slip at a vital moment.
In such a low scoring game, a five-point gap was going to be very hard to overcome. However, the momentum did come back to the East Clare side, with two points from Mairéad Scanlon.
A goal was in it with seven minutes left and the gap was stretched to four going into injury time, after another score from Quirke.
Marian O’Brien had been thrown into attack, and an attempt on goal from her was turned away for a 45 as the game went into injury time. The 45 was pointed by Scanlon, but the game was effectively ended when Quirke’s second goal came in the 62nd minute.
Myshall really rubbed it in when Olivia Jordan had another goal just afterwards and Quirke, without doubt the best player on view, had her seventh point and ninth score of the day in the 63rd minute.
Scariff/Ogonnelloe: Ashling Corbett; Sarah Daly, Regina O’Brien, Leanne Horan; Mairéad Vaughan, Marian O’Brien, Shannon McNamara; Susan Vaughan, Sarah Madden; Rachel Moloney, Danielle Sheedy, Mairéad Scanlon; Sarah O’Donnell, Aileen Thornton, Róisín O’Brien.
Subs: Ashley Minogue for Thornton (54 mins).
Scorers: Mairéad Scanlon 0-5 (2F 1 65), Danielle Sheedy 0-2, Róisín O’Brien 0-1.
Frees for: 12
Yellow cards: Sarah Madden (20 mins), Marian O’Brien (54 mins), Ashling Corbett (58 mins).
Red cards: 0
Myshall: Joanne Joyce: Nuala Quirke, Mairéad Doyle, Fiona Jordan; Kate Nolan, Michelle Nolan, Breege Nolan; Ciara Mullins, Tara Wilson; Marian Doyle, Ciara Quirke, Olivia Jordan; Olivia Maye, Katherine Foley, Ali Ruschitzko.
Subs: Pamela Whelan for Olivia Maye (58 mins), Pamela Whelan for Olivia Maye (64 mins), Patricia Stacey for Nuala Quirke (64 mins), Róisín Mullins for Kate Nolan (64 mins), Emma Doyle for Fiona Jordan (64 mins).
Scorers: Ciara Quirke 2-7 (1F 1 45), Olivia Jordan 1-0, Ciara Mullins, Olivia Jordan both 0-1.
Frees for: 14
Yellow cards: Marian Doyle (48 mins).
Red cards: 0