Douglas 1-6 Valley Rovers 0-4
Douglas and Courcey Rovers booked their places in the Feile na nGael
Camogie after two hard fought semi finals in Coachford last night.
It was nip and tuck through the first half as Douglas and Valley Rovers opened proceedings in the first game of evening. It was level 0-3 apiece at the interval, Douglas with two pointed Claire Shine frees and one from play from the same player kept pace with the lively Valleys side for whom Tessa Crowley with two points and Vicki Crowley with one set the pace as they took the game to their opponents.
On the turn over it was close, neither sides giving away much with both defence marking tight, Claire Shine converter a Douglas forty five, Tessa Crowley replied with one from play as Valleys still went the distance. A point from
Alex Hourihane edged Douglas and when Aisling Fox struck for the games opening goal twelve minutes into the second half Douglas were four in front. Valleys battled to get back into the game but the goal they needed failed to come as the Douglas defence stood firm under pressure. With the minutes ticking away Claire Shine pointed to give Douglas a five point advantage and enough to see them through to the final.
Scorers for Douglas C Shine 0-5 (0-2 f rees-1 45″” 0-2 play) A Fox, 1-0 A Hourihane 0-1,
Valley Rovers T Crowley 0-3, V Crowley 0-1
Douglas S O Mahony; A Peate, D Bevin, M Mulrooney; F Sexton, C Duggan, S Kavanagh; S Dempsey C Hickey; A Birmingham, A Fox, C Shine; J Leo, A Hourihane, A Downing;
Sub L Cooney for A. Downing (41)
Valley Rovers: V Buckley; L Mc Carthy, C Hawkes, A Kilduff ; L Murphy, S O Leary, O Ryan,; A Cummins J Callanan; E Cummins N Glavin, T Crowley; J M O Leary, V Crowley, R Callanan.
Referee Peter Downey Inniscarra
Courcey Rovers 1-5 Glen Rovers 1-3
A close one in the finish as Courcey’s just hung on to book their place in the decider but they had to do it the hard way withstanding a fierce second half rally from a Glen Rovers side that looked buried at half time.
Courcey’s led 1-4 to 0-2 at the interval after an opening half where they availed of every chance that came their way. Aisling Moloney had an early point to which Edel O Connell replied. Courcey’s edged ahead with an Aisling Moloney pointed free and two in row from Moloney and Julia Mulcahy had them 0-4 to 0-1 to the good twenty minutes in to the half. Absorbing huge amount of pressure the Glen defence were finally caught when Aisling Moloney drilled the ball to the net, but Nicole o Brien pointed a forty five for Glen. Julie Mulcahy pointed to stretch the lead to six points inside four minutes of the restart but that was to be Courcey’s only score of the half as the Glen Rovers continued to show improvement and switching Edel O Connell to mid field they began to gain the upper hand. Leeann O Sullivan struck an excellent point but poor shooting saw the Glen squandered chance after chance as they laid siege to the Courcey’s goal but their perseverance finally paid off when Marie Sheehan finished to the net and now the pressure was really on Courcey’s again they came under pressure as the Glen looked for a winner but with the excellent Julie Mulcahy playing superbly rallying her side they weathered the storm as time ran out on for the Glen girls.
Scorers For Courcey Rovers: A Moloney 1-3 (0-1 f ree1-2 play) J Mulcahy 0-2
Glen Rovers M Sheehan 1-0 N O Brien 0-1(45″”) E O Connell L O Sullivan 0-1 each
Courcey Rovers S Keating; C Crowley, L O Donovan, J Ryan; L Collins, A. Keating, J L Condon, J Mulcahy, E Moloney, A Reilly, A O Sullivan, E Crowley, T Collins, A Moloney, E Wright
Glen Rovers: C Mc Carthy, S O Sullivan, B O Mahony, K Arnold, L O Sullivan, S Busteed, C O Sullivan , L Callanan, A O Keeffe, M Sheehan, N O Brien, J Hosford, S Hourihane, E O Connell K Lee
Sub C Noonan for S Hourihane (45)
Referee Peter Downey Inniscarra