ANTRIM outfit O’Donovan Rossa will meet Tipperary’s Drom & Inch in the
All-Ireland senior camogie club final on Sunday November 16.
O’Donovan Rossa defeated Dublin’s Ballyboden St Enda’s 3-18 to 0-6 while
Drom & Inch edged past last season’s beaten finalists Athenry by just a
single point, 1-8 to 0-10, in Saturday’s semi-finals.
Jane Adams was the scoring heroine for O’Donovan Rossa, weighing in with a
massive 2-11 haul as the Ulster kingpins raced away in the second half,
having led 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time.
Ballyboden spurned a glorious goal chance just before half-time and were
made to pay by Adams just 38 seconds after the restart when she scored the
game’s opening goal.
Seven minutes from the end, Adams netted again before Maureen Stewart added
a third goal in stoppage time for the 2006 runners-up.
This was an impressive attacking performance from O’Donovan Rossa as corner
forward Ciara Armstrong also sparkled with four points from play.
In contrast, outclassed Ballyboden could only manage a solitary point from
play during the second half at Casement Park in Belfast.
Meanwhile, Therese Shortt and Siobh=E1n McGrath led the scoring charge as D=
& Inch qualified for their very first final with that slender victory
against Galway’s Athenry at Cloughjordan.
A new name will be inscribed on the Bill Carroll Cup in a fortnight’s time
after Drom & Inch overturned a 0-7 to 0-4 half-time deficit.
Shortt scored 0-4 from placed balls while McGrath’s second half goal proved
crucial for the Tipperary and Munster champions, who will now look to
emulate county colleagues Cashel, last year’s All-Ireland champions.
Athenry, heavily reliant on eight points from Galway ace Jessica Gill, were
caught by Ryan’s goal nine minutes from time, a score which sent Drom & Inc=
1-7 to 0-8 in front.
Drom held off a late Athenry charge and breathed a huge sigh of relief when
Nicola Nally shot over the crossbar in stoppage time as the Galway girls
threatened to score a winning goal.
Meanwhile, Clare outfit Kilmaley will attempt to stop Laois side Harps
capturing a third successive crown when the teams contest the junior final
on November 16.
Emma O’Driscoll (2), Katie Cahill and Helen McMahon scored the Kilmaley
goals as they ran out 4-11 to 0-3 winners against Roscommon’s Four Roads at
the grounds of St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield, having led 1-5 to 0-2 at
Four Roads faced an uphill task from the 18th minute after full-forward
Donna Kelly was sent off.
At Casement Park, Harps recorded a 1-10 to 1-8 victory against Lavey of
Derry as Allstar nominee Louise Mahony scored 1-9 for the reigning
Harps had built up a commanding lead at half-time, 1-7 to 1-2, but Lavey
remained in contention as Paula McCloy replied to Mahony’s goal in the
Scorers for O’Donovan Rossa: J Adams 2-11, C Armstrong 0-4, S Daykin, K
O’Neill & O McCall 0-1 each.
Scorers for Ballyboden: C Lucey & D Dolan 0-2 each, E Lucey 0-1, S Nic
Scorers for Drom & Inch: T Shortt 0-4, S McGrath 1-1, J Ryan 0-2, N
Scorers for Athenry: J Gill 0-8, T Maher & N Nally 0-1 each.
Scorers for Kilmaley: E O’Driscoll 2-0, H McMahon 1-2, K Cahill 1-0, S
Enright & C McMahon 0-4 each, M Hehir 0-1.
Scorers for Four Roads: N Coyle 0-2, E Glennon-Tully 0-1.
Scorers for Harps: L Mahony 1-9, E Mahony 0-1.
Scorers for Lavey: P McCloy 1-2, C McCloy 0-4, H O’Neill & M O’Kane 0-1
By Jackie Cahill