Senior Camogie League Final 2009
Kilmessan 2-8 Trim 2-6
Trim had a perfect first half performance in the Senior Camogie League Final, played in Kiltale today ( Sunday 19th April ) at 4.30pm. Where they over shadowed Kilmessan throughout the field. But Kilmessan’s experience won through in the end as they regained the league title for a second year in a row.
Trim will be disappointed with the outcome as they played some good camogie and they went in at half time 6 points ahead, but they failed to get the ball by the centre field point for most of the second half.
Kilmessan looking for their second league title did not have the best of starts as Trim grabbed a hold of the game from the throw in. The first point came from a free by Dearbhla O’Carroll in the fourth minute and Ashling Fagan registered Trim’s second within the fifth minute. Kilmessan did not look as sharp on the ball and they normally do with a number of missed opportunities in the opening half. Blaithnead Joyce Trim got the first goal of the game in the 9th minute.
Kilmessan had four wides before Frances Lynch got their opening score in the 14 minute a point from play. Trim’s back line defended well with Emma McNally impressing with some fine fielding and she cleared well to keep the pressure from her backs. This helped Linda Telford & Dearbhla O’Carroll Trim to get a point a piece to leave Trim in the driving seat. Stephanie Horan Kilmessan looked dangerous as she approached the Trim defense but she was pulled up for over carrying. Aileen Donnelly put over from a free and Trim’s Ciara Ashe got the closing score of the first half a point from play. Trim went in a half time with comfortable margin of six points Trim 1-5 Kilmessan 0-2 .
The second half Kilmessan turned the table as they decided that they were not going to give away their League Title without a fight. Trim were first to register a score with Dearbhla O’Carroll pointing from play in the 32nd minute. Kilmessan had a succession of wides in the third quarter. Frances Lynch started the claw back with a point from a free and for the last 15 minutes of the second half Kilmessan got on top of their game, where as Trim seemed to fall out of the game.
The play was very tight which did not make for good camogie and this type of play helped Kilmessan’s Aileen Donnelly, Frances Lynch & Stephanie Horan to push ahead and gradually eat away at Trim’s lead with Donnelly taking 3 points, Frances Lynch 1 point and the winning scores of the game came with only ten minutes remaining, 2 Kilmessan goals, the first from a solo run by Katie Ni Choilean that she passed across in front of the Trim goal where Michelle Horan was waiting to put the ball in over Trims goalie Mary Andrews. Within the next 2 minutes Mary Ellen Sheridan secured their Title with Kilmessan’s second goal. Trim did come back to within 2 points with a goal from Niamh Guy but it was all to late as the final whistle went.
Meath Camogie Chairperson Valerie Curtis was delighted to presented the Senior League Trophy to Kilmessan Captain Karen Ward.
Mary Andrews,Suzanne Hayes, Emma McNally,Darina Smyth,Rachel Winters,BrÝd Guy,Ciara Ashe 0-1,Edel Guy,Ann Marie Fagan,Aishling Fagan 0-1,Dearbhla O Carroll 0-2,Katie Hackett,Blaithnead Joyce 1-0,Linda Telford 0-1,Niamh Guy. Subs Niamh Joyce for Suzanne Hayes, Lynn winter for Katie Hackett.
Noreen Sheridan,Emma Fitzgerald,Karen Ward,Ciara Ni choileann, Shaunna curtis, Alison lynch, Sarah ross, Orla doyle, Frances Lynch 0-1, Stephanie Horan, Lisa Tyrell, Michelle Horan, Etaoin Doyle, Aileen Donnelly 0-1.
Subs : Choimhe O’Leary for Emma Fitzgerald, Mary Ellen Sheridan for Orla Doyle, Katie Ni Choileann for Etaoin Doyle, Denise Fitzgerald for Ashling McLoughlin, Tracey King for Michelle Horan.
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