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BCS Lismore claimed their first All Ireland schools Camogie title at a wind swept Drom & Inch on Saturday defeating a gallant SHC, Tullamore outfit. With the aid of a very strong breeze SHC were dominant in the opening half thanks principally to midfielder Orla Aherne who was unerring with the placed ball . The BCS defence had to be at their best to repelthe Tullamore girls and indeed full back Jackie Forbes, captain Sandra Prendergast & centre back Shauna Kiernan were not found wanting. When ever BCS midfielders Marie Russell & Michelle Tobin attempted to penetrate the Sacred Heart defence they were met with stout defence especially through the impressive Claire Currams. Such was the wind factor in this game that Sacred Heart simply had to build a decent lead at the short whistle. They got the break they needed on the 26th minute when a high ball in from midfield beat the BCS full back line and full forward Laura Dooley was there to stroke the ball into the corner of the net. At half time the score read 1.05 to nil.

BCS stormed out in the 2nd half and were soon in the game when Kate Heneghan finished well to the net on the 32nd minute after some hesitation in the Sacred Heart defence. With the very impressive Marie Russell beginning to dominate midfield BCS struck a further blow with an Aoife
Hannon goal on the 34th minute following a great solo run from Sarah Fenton. SHC keeper Claire Beatty kept her team in the game with an excellent double save on the 40th but it was only going to be a matter of time before BCS began to make their dominance of possession count. An Aoife Hannon point on the 48th minute levelled the game but it was then that drama entered the game. BCS got a free on the 45 m line and as Marie Russell struck long and high the ball appeared to be going wide. With the SHC keeper appearing to guide the sliothar wide it crept inside the top right hand corner & BCS were suddenly in the ascendancy. Orla Aherne made it a two point game in the 53rd min with a close in free but Kate Heneghan took the point of the game when she collected a pass from centre back Shauna Kiernan and with her back to goal turned and slotted the sliothar between the posts. Never say die SHC refused to give up and roared on by their big following Ailsa Hughes pointed on the 58th min. With literally the last puck of the game Orla Aherne had a chance to achieve fame but drove her free narrowly wide of the BCS goal.

BCS Lismore:    A Hannon 1.01 K Heneghan 1.01 M Russell 1.01
SHC Tullamore  O Aherne 0.06 L Dooley 1.00 A Hughes 0.01

BCS Lismore: T Kiely N Prendergast J Forbes J Walsh E McCarthy S Kiernan S
Prendergast ( Cpt) M Russell M Tobin S Fenton S O’Gorman JGavin Johnson
A Hannon A Heneghan C McGlone

SHC Tullamore: C Beatty S Flaherty S Walsh K Martin S Kelly C Currams A Deegan A Dooley O Aherne A Marron ( Cpt) J Brady A Hughes R Keenahan L Troy L

Terry O’Brien PRO Munster Colleges Camogie

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