At half time in the All-Ireland junior B camogie final in association with RT+ Sport, it looked as if Wicklow might make be in with a very real chance of claiming ultimate honours.
But a combination of Monaghan’s guile and Wicklow’s inability to capitalise on the elements that were in their favour after the resumption ensured that the silverware travelled north from Ashbourne.
Wicklow would have been satisfied with their first half performance when they trailed by just four points at the interval, 0-7 to 0-3, despite having played into a very strong wind and heavy rain.
Defenders R¾isÝn Mulford and Mary O’Neill were outstanding for the Garden County outfit in this period, along with midfielder Laura Manley, who finished with five points in total.
Monaghan just had a greater all-round strength however and withstood all Wicklow had to throw with them, as well as the vagaries of the weather to be victorious.
Full-forward Marie Grennan was in scintillating form, bringing her tally to seven points, four of which came from play. Michelle Morgan was another outstanding contributor and Nicola Morgan’s goal ensured that they were eight points clear by the time Sinead Byrne goaled in the dying seconds for Wicklow.
Scorers – Monaghan: Marie Greenan 0-7(3fs); Eleanor McQuaid 0-2; Karen Boyle, Shauna Finnegan, Michelle Morgan 0-1(f)
Wicklow: Laura Manley 0-5(3fs); SinÚad Byrne 1-0; Mary Whelan, Amanda Waters 0-1 each
Monaghan: R¾isÝn McKenna; Louise O’Connell, Aisling Greenan, Joanne McSkane; Edel Kieran, Isobel Kieran, Mary Meehan; Michelle Morgan, Siobhßn McKenna; MairÚad McCarron, Shauna Finnegan, Eleanor McQuaid; Nicola Morgan, Marie Greenan, Karen Boyle
Wicklow: Nicky Keddy; April Dickenson, Mary O’Neill, Nora O’Neill; R¾isÝn Mulford, Teresa Keogh, Claire Whelan; Laura Manley, Karen Walsh; Claire Byrne, SinÚad Byrne, Amanda Waters; Mary Whelan, SÝle Whelan, Kellie Byrne
Referee: David Carroll (Clare)