Intermediate Camogie Championship Final
Round Towers narrowly defeated a gallant St. Marks side 2-10 to 3-4 to capture the Olhausen Intermediate Championship title in an absorbing exciting final played at Ballyboden’s Pßirc Ui Mhurchu pitch in cold, breezy and wet conditions.
Towers, playing with the wind in the first half, settled quickly into the game and were the stronger team in the first half. They were 3 points to 1 in front after 10 minutes. A great goal effort by Mark’s Amy Murphy was brilliantly saved by Sarah Callinan in the Towers goals – one of many fine saves. The Towers defence was in control. Niamh Murphy and Nathalie Behan were playing well for Towers in the middle of the field. Their half forward line of Miriam Kennedy, Trish Egan and Niamh Drummond were causing plenty of problems running at the Marks defence. St Marks were unlucky to loose Amy Murphy on 20 minutes with a rib injury. Points from Nathalie Beehan, Miriam Kennedy and Trish Egan kept Towers well in front. Niamh Drummond and Val Kelly were very influential throughout the game. Niamh Kennedy at full forward scored the only goal of half just before interval. St. Marks full forward Leanne Kennedy scored 4 points. Towers fully deserved their 1-8 to 0-4 lead at the break.
St. Marks started the second half in defiant mood. Full forward Leanne Kennedy had the ball in the back of the Towers net after 4 minutes. Martina Kenny, Paula Martin, Lisa O’Callaghan and Amanda Waters worked hard for Marks getting the sliotar into the forward line. St. Marks brought Amy Murphy back into the game at full forward. What a good move it proved to be as she scored 2 superb goals to level the game with 10 minutes remaining 1-10 to 3-4. Unfortunately for Marks Amy had to leave the field again due to injury. During the last ten exciting and nailbiting minutes the game ebbed and flowed from goalmouth to goalmouth as both sides went in search of the winning scores. Towers got the break when a long ball from Niamh Kearney ended in the back of the Marks net. Final score Round Towers 2-10 St, Marks 3-4.
Scorers for Round Towers: Niamh Kennedy 1-4, Miraim Kennedy 0-4, Niamh Drummond and Nathalie Behan 0-1 each.
Scorers for St. Marks: Leanne Kennedy 1-4, Amy Murphy 2-0,
Senior A League Final
St. Vincents reversed the result of a week earlier to retain the League title with a one point win over Ballyboden St Endas as Craobh Chiarßin’s grounds in Clonshaugh on a 1 – 6 to 1 – 5 scoreline.
Anne Griffin was to the fore for Ballyboden scoring 1 – 3 but Vincents held a half time advantage of two points – one an inspirational effort by captain Aoife Cullen operating at centre forward. Vincent’s defence was superb and held the Boden attack. Others to shine were Aisling Fogarty, Caitriona Kelly and Rhona Quirke.
A second half goal by wing back Alyson Maguire pushed Vincents in front but Boden came back to level before closing points by Aisling Jordan sealed a narrow win.
Senior B Championship Semi Final
Naomh BrÝd of Blanchardstown made full use of the wind in the first half of this semi final to advance to final date with Naomh Jude when they overcame Skerries Harps at Clonshaugh by 3 – 6 to 0 – 5.
Twelve weeks after having her first child, Mary Galvin was in flying form scoring two goals with another from the stick of Emma Sweeney to give Naomh BrÝd a 3 – 4 to 0 – 2 lead at half time.
Skerries’ Sinead Cunnane and Ciara Durkin led the fightback in the second half but the Naomh Brid defence was superb particularly Collete Coady in goal. An early point by Tara Carolan was inspirational and the accuracy of Paula Bruen from long-range frees was a significant contribution.