Claughan was the venue for the league pairing of Blaney and Inniskeen on Sunday afternoon and the weather allowed for good conditions ,with both teams not having played a match in six weeks the first ten minutes proved to be tense and took a little time to settle down , Inniskeen were first to register on the score board with a goal from corner forward Alice Mc Gahon, Blaney were quick in response with a point from play from Eileen Mc Elroy , while play remained tight enough for most of the first half Inniskeen’s Sharon Mc Gahon got another goal and a point to leave the half time score
Inniskeen 2.02 Castleblaney 0.01
In the second half Inniskeen controlled most of the play and they made the most of their scoring opportunities with Carmel Mc Skane and Marie Mc Connon both taking goals ,Donna Mc Kenna’s hard work paid off when she got two points from play, Inniskeen followed on with two goals from Pauline Jones and at this stage the game had gone out of Blaney’s reach as they took another two pints scored by Reegan Lynch and Eileen Mc Ekroy ,Sharon Mc Gahon popped up again to score a further goal and a point the final score went to super sub Michelle Deery.
Inniskeen Camogie Notes
After a long break from competition the girls came back with a bang on Sunday afternoon in Cloghan when they notched up 8gls 3pts to Castleblaneys 5pts in the League, this was a welcomed result for the girls as it had been a while since we tasted success this result came from a great team effort, a big welcome back to Izzie, whilst not fully recovered this was the run out she needed to check out how her recovery was progressing.
Great to see two new faces sporting the red and green jersey, sisters Lizzie and Marie Mc Connon from Killanny have joined us some time and this was their first run with the team.
Also back on the ould sod on Sunday was Carol Mc Gahon who has just returned from a summer in the States and just fitted in perfectly.
An the final surprise on Sunday was the return of the great forward Michelle Deery ,Michelle has been involved with the setting up the Donaghmoyne club but her heart lies fane side , she came on as a sub in the second half and was only on the pitch when she rattled the Blaney net with a goal from play.
Finally the club wishes the very best wish to Cathriona Byrne on her appointment to a teaching post in Drimnagh Co Dublin
The Blayney girls were out in full force on Sunday afternoon playing against Inniskeen in the League but unfortunately were unable to break down the physical strength and speed of the Inniskeen bunch. On what turned out to be a lovely sunny afternoon in cloghan the two teams took to the field. We were without our new addition to the forward line, Ciara Mc Cully but gained a solid defender through the young Amber Lamb. Amber proved very useful in the defence clearing any ball that came her way. Inniskeen gained the upper hand early on with a well taken goal which unsettled the Blaney girls. We then lost a major part of our defence when Louise O’ Connell had to be taken off with a leg injury. We only managed to get two points on the scoreboard before half time, one by Reegan Lynch and the other by Eileen Mc Elroy. Blayney returned it the second half full of will and determination which has become characteristic of this Blayney team over the years. A free converted by Eileen added another point but soon after the Inniskeen tribe went on a streak of goal scoring which really shook up our defence. Even though it was impossible at this stage to come back from such a deficit Castleblayney refused to give up. Despite valiant efforts from the likes of Kate Deasey, Orla Wills and Orla Mc Carthy blayney were unable to combat their opponents. Late into the second half Laura Mc Quillan received a penalty in which Donna Mc Kenna tapped over the bar. But it was consolation points at this stage and Inniskeen ran outright winners.
There’s no doubt Blayney will bounce back from this defeat as training gets back underway in preparation for our next match.
The Castleblayney Club would like to take this opportunity to wish their players on the county team who will play in the county championship blitz on Saturday up in Tyrone. Best wishes goes to Kate Deasey, Mary Mc Elroy, Eileen Mc Elroy, Roisin Mc Kenna, Donna Mc Kenna and Kelly Fisher.
Finally we hope Ciara Mc Cully has a good holiday and we hope she’s ready to jump back into training when she returns.