Loreto College, Kilkenny will play St Brigid’s of Loughrea in the final of the O’Neills Post Primary Schools senior A camogie championship after the traditional powers enjoyed comfortable victories over St Patrick’s, Maghera and St Joseph’s, Tulla.
A scrambled goal gave St Brigid’s a good start and Sarah Healy did the damage in the second half to make sure that the Galwegians prevailed by 2-6 to 0-4 in Kilnadeema.
Loreto have a fine tradition at this level, having completed a four-in-a-row from 2010-2013, and they were never in danger on the way to a 1-7 to 0-1 defeat of St Patrick’s, a result that was all the more impressive for the fact that it was recorded in familiar territory for the Derry school in The Loup’s grounds.
In the B semi-finals, Eibhlís McDonald scored 1-7 as Scoil Na Tríonóide, Doon defeated St Raphael’s, Loughbrea by 3-10 to 1-0 in Kinvara. Gráinne Regan and Molly Hammersley scored the other goals.
They will face St Joseph’s, Lucan in the decider, after the Dublin side just edged a pulsating tie against Banagher College 3-12 to 4-5 at St David’s School in Artane. Aoife McKearney clocked up 1-4 for the victors, while Laura Quinn and Emily McIntyre also raised green flags.
Banagher provided a stern examination but goals from Rachel Brennan, Róisín Daly, Chloe Reilly and Hannah Larkin were not enough to get over the penultimate hurdle.
Mercy Convent, Roscommon came out on top in a thriller against Carrigaline Community School on a 1-9 to 1-7 scoreline to book their place in the C final. They will cross swords with St Joseph’s, Rochfortbridge, who came got their noses in front in a six-goal thriller against St Killian’s Garron Tower, Antrim by 3-7 to 3-5.
In the D grade, St Augustine’s, Dungarvan were too strong for Loreto, Balbriggan 4-6 to 1-1. Our Lady of Lourdes, Wexford will provide the opposition, having accounted for St Louis, Kilteel 4-4 to 2-3.
The finals will take place on March 5.