Tipperary Camogie notes
Cashel 1.14, Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) 2.07
Despite suffering a 2 goal punch from their opponents midway through the first half, Cashel`s belief in themselves & their determination to reach another All Ireland gave them full honours in a very entertaining game in Wexford last Sunday.
Oulart were coming into to this game on the back of a 15point defeat of Freshford in the
Inside the first minute, Cashels Mairead Morrissey suffered a hand injury, which looked as if she would have to be
The second half brought with it, rain, wind & a team display from Cashel which rocked the home side. Even though it was Oulart who pointed inside the first minute of the restart, Claire Grogan again popped up to bring the margin back to 2 points. This score was vital for Cashel, as they had missed scorable chances at this stage. Jill Horan, who at mid field was taking control of the game, made one of her trade mark runs through the middle of the field, & her shot couldn’t be gathered properly by Oulart`s net minder, & Mairead Morrissey used her football skills to raise a green flag. Cashel were now 1 point up, & 12 minutes played in the second half, & suddenly, they could taste victory. Another 4 points from Cashel in the next 15 minutes were unanswered by Oulart, & their only other score in the game came from a pointed free from Una Leacy in the 29th minute of the game.
Cashel displayed a massive team effort to clinch this game, with every player on the field making their mark. Cora Hennessy showed her ability to score from difficult positions, & Linda Grogan at mid field gave one of her best displays. Despite being held scoreless by Ciara Storey, who impressed at full back, Emily Hayden worked hard to get into position. Mairead Morrissey’s influence on the game couldn’t be underestimated also. When the pressure came on Cashel in various stages, both Claire Ryan & Nolette Dwyer impressed at corner back.
As in previous games, just when Cashel looked as if the game might be slipping from them, they have the ability to find strength & resolve from somewhere to force a much needed score, then the self belief kicks in, & they become unstoppable.
They now have reached the ultimate place when they take on old rivals Athenry in the All Ireland Final on Sunday November 29th. Athenry had a convincing win in their semi final played in Ballinasloe last Sunday, when they beat Lougheil (Antrim) 1.15 to 0.03.
What a clash this final promises to be!
Team; Helen Breen, Claire Ryan, Una Dwyer, Nolette Dwyer, Paula Bulfin, Philly Fogarty, Julie McGrath, Jill Horan, Linda Grogan (0.01), Cora Hennessy (0.03), Mairead Morrissey (1.03), Claire Grogan (0.07), Alison Lonergan (0.01), Emily Hayden, Cliodhna Dwyer. Subs used; Sharon Hayes.
Referee; Fintan McNamara, (Clare).