Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 3 final – Clare 3-10 Fermanagh 1-12

Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 3 final

Clare 3-10 Fermanagh 1-12

THREE second half goals sent Clare on their way to victory in the Bord Gáis Energy National Ladies Football League Division 3 final at Parnell Park on Saturday. Marie Considine netted six minutes after the restart, Eimear Considine struck in the 42nd minute and Niamh O’Dea added the third goal seven minutes from the end. But Clare, who led by seven points, 3-9 to 0-11, when O’Dea goaled, had to fend off a spirited Fermanagh fightback as Sharon Little’s 59th minute goal brought the Erne County back to within three points of the winners. But O’Dea, who finished with 1-5, landed the insurance score as Clare, Division 2 champions in 2008, won by four points. At half-time, the sides were deadlocked at five points apiece as goal chances went begging at both ends.

Shauna Hamilton rattled the Clare crossbar early on while O’Dea and Naomi Carroll were denied by a superb double save from Fermanagh goalkeeper Roisin Gleeson. Both teams lost a player each to sin-binnings but Clare, operating with the breeze in the second half, netted the crucial breakthrough goal from midfielder Marie Considine, despite operating for the first ten minutes of the second half without centre forward and captain Niamh Keane. Louise Henchy claimed the player of the match award following an inspirational display at midfield for Clare, on a day when Fermanagh’s Little sisters combined for 1-9. Clare and Fermanagh will both play in Division 2 of the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League in 2012.

Scorers for Clare: N O’Dea 1-5 (0-2f), E Considine 1-1, M Considine 1-0, L Henchy 0-2 (1f), N Carroll & A Considine 0-1 each.

Scorers for Fermanagh: S Little 1-4 (0-1f), C Little 0-5f, M Connolly 0-2, A Moane 0-1.

CLARE: E O’Driscoll; C Hester, L Kelly, L Ryan; E O’Connor, R McMahon, L Woods; M Considine, L Henchy; C Corry, N Keane, N Carroll; E Considine, N O’Dea, S Bohannon.

Subs: A Considine for Corry (h.t), K Geoghegan for Carroll (53), S Eustace for Bohannon (55), C Considine for Hester (59), C O’Leary for O’Dea (60+2).

FERMANAGH: R Gleeson; C Woods, N Curran, O Reihill; D Murphy, T Little, T Melanaphy; M Connolly, A Moane; S Hamilton, S Little, L McFrederick; N McManus, C Little, A McBrien.

Subs: K McManus for Hamilton (37), J Doonan for McFrederick (46), R O’Reilly for Woods (57), A Maguire for McManus (58), L Slevin for Melanaphy (59).

Referee: Des McEnery (Westmeath)

 

Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 1 final – Cork 4-15 Laois 3-9

Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 1 final

 

Cork 4-15

Laois 3-9

 

By Jackie Cahill at Parnell Park

 

VALERIE Mulcahy bagged 1-8 as Cork claimed a fourth successive Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 1 title in front of a bumper Parnell Park attendance on Saturday evening. Mulcahy was in scintillating form as the Rebelettes pulled away from a spirited Laois outfit in the final quarter to secure a nine-point victory in front of over 3,000 spectators. Cork’s sixth Division 1 success in seven seasons will fuel optimism in the Rebel County that the team can reclaim the All-Ireland senior championship, having fallen at the quarter-final stage last season while in pursuit of the six-in-a-row.

 

But Laois, beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists last year, showed enough to suggest that they will be a force for the remainder of the summer in what promises to be a fascinating championship campaign. With 49 minutes on the watch, Cork led by just a single point, 3-10 to 3-9, but the Leesiders hit an unanswered 1-5 before the finish to close the game out. Mulcahy hit the goal that ultimately killed the Laois challenge; cheekily hitting a 20m free to the net in the 56th minute with the O’Moore County defence caught napping.

 

Mulcahy may have led the way in the scoring stakes but this was an impressive overall attacking performance from Cork, who played with the breeze in the second half. Centre forward Orlagh Farmer bagged a goal in each half while Ciara O’Sullivan made a huge impact after coming off the bench, hitting three points from play. For Laois, midfielder Tracey Lawlor bagged 1-5, including four points from frees, with Martha Kirwan and Anna Moore bagging the other goals. And it was Laois who got off to a flyer as they moved 1-2 to 0-0 clear within five minutes of the throw-in.

 

Moore goaled with just 45 seconds on the watch but Cork, shell-shocked in the early stages, settled and were on terms by the 12th minute, thanks in main to Rhona Ní Bhuachalla’s tenth minute goal. Orlagh Farmer took a pass from player of the match Amy O’Shea to score Cork’s second goal on the half-hour but just as it looked like the Munster champions would lead at half-time, Tracey Lawlor finished a flowing Laois move for a brilliant goal. A Mulcahy free, her third of the opening half, tied the scores at 2-5 apiece at the midway point before Lawlor pushed Laois a point clear with the opening score of the second half in a seesaw battle. In the 35th minute, Farmer struck again but there was a degree of controversy surrounding her second goal as referee Eugene O’Hare appeared at first to have signalled for a free out, before allowing the effort to stand after consulting with his umpires.

 

Anna Moore crashed a shot off the Cork crossbar as Laois refused to yield and from the follow-up, Martha Kirwan crashed a shot to the net to tie the scores again, 3-6 to 3-6, with 38 minutes played. Mary Kirwan pushed Laois ahead for the final time in the match before Cork hit three points in a row, including a brace from Nollaig Cleary, to establish a 3-10 to 3-7 lead. Laois responded with two Tracey Lawlor frees but that was as good as it got for the Leinster outfit as Cork turned up the heat to land the silverware.

 

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 1-8 (1-5f), O Farmer 2-0, R Ní Bhuachalla 1-0, C O’Sullivan 0-3, N Cleary 0-2, G Kearney & D O’Reilly 0-1 each.

 

Scorers for Laois: T Lawlor 1-5 (0-4f), Martha Kirwan 1-1, A Moore 1-0, Mary Kirwan 0-2f, S Doogue 0-1.

 

CORK: E Harte; A.M. Walsh, Angela Walsh, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, B Stack, A Sheehan; J Murphy, Annie Walsh; N Cleary, O Farmer, G Kearney; V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla, A O’Shea.

Subs: Rena Buckley for Annie Walsh (36), G O’Flynn for Sheehan (43), C O’Sullivan for Ní Bhuachalla (49), M Kelly for Kearney (53), A Barrett for Corkery (60).

 

LAOIS: C Dollard; A Quigley, G Dunne, E Healy; A Taylor, L Hyland, J Moore; A Casey, T Lawlor; Mary Kirwan, A Moore, D Callinan; Martha Kirwan, S Doogue, G Weston.

Subs: M Dunne for Callinan (h.t.), M McEvoy for Martha Kirwan (44), O Farrell for Hyland (47), S Quigley for Weston (47), A Kehoe for Casey (60+3).

 

Referee: Eugene O’Hare (Down)

 

All-Ireland Under 16 Camogie A Championship Final – Tipperary 2-8 Kilkenny 0-13

Tipperary defeated Kilkenny by 2-8 to 0-13 in the All-Ireland Under 16 Camogie A Championship Final on Saturday in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Tipp claim U16 camogie title

From the Breaking News web site

Tipperary came out on top of an absolute thriller to make it third time lucky and annex the All-Ireland U16 ‘A’ camogie title at the Gaelic Grounds. The Premier County’s finest had lost the last two All-Irelands at this level, and Kilkenny came out on top when these two teams met in the preliminary round by just a point. On this occasion though, driven on by Ann Eviston, it was Tim Maher’s charges that had the minimum advantage at the final whistle, 2-8 to 0-13.

Kilkenny had a strong wind in their favour in the opening half, at the end of which they led by 0-10 to 0-5. Julie Anne Malone, Michaela Kenneally and the magnificent Miriam Walsh were amongst the scorers for the Black and Amber, while the impressive Tara Kennedy hit three of Tipp’s points. Walsh was to finish with a personal tally of seven points but that wasn’t enough to swing it her side’s way. Tipp were level by the fifth minute of the second half, helped by a Jenny Grace goal set up brilliantly by the dangerous Cliodhna Ryan. Mairead Teehan sent a rasping shot to the Kilkenny net in the ninth minute but Kilkenny kept battling on and might have snatched the honours but for a brilliant save by Tipp goalkeeper Sarah Connan.

Match Preview

All-Ireland U16A Championship Final

Kilkenny v Tipperary

Gaelic Grounds, 3.30pm

Kilkenny prevailed by just a point when these two sides met in the opening round of the All-Ireland U16A championship in March so the expectation is that the result in the final will be in doubt right up to the final whistle.

The Black and Amber accounted for Galway and Derry subsequently, before putting Clare to the sword with 24 points to spare in the semi-final. Lydia Fitzpatrick is a deadly accurate free-taker, while Julie-Anne Malone, Mary Corcoran and Michelle Walsh are very lively attackers with a keen eye for a score.

In defence, Catherine Foley and Mary O’Connell are resolutely strong performers in the central positions, with the latter a truly outstanding performer at centre-back despite being underage again next year.

Tipp looked bound for the exit door when 10 points in arrears to Cork with 10 minutes remaining in their semi-final but a brace of goals from Tara Kennedy and another from Cliodhna Ryan helped secure a replay.

The Premier outfit made no mistake second time around, making full use of the elements in the opening half to blitz their opponents and finish with four goals in hand. Kennedy and Ryan were amongst the goalscorers again but the star of the show was hat-trick heroine Gillian McKenna.

With such scoring power on both sides, patrons at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds seem certain to be in store for a belter.

Tipperary 2-8 (J Grace 2-0, C Maher (1f), T Kennedy 0-3 each, L McKeogh 0-2);
Kilkenny 0-13 (M Walsh 0-7, J Malone 0-3 (1f), L Fitzpatrick 0-2 (2f), A Gannon 0-1.

All-Ireland Under 16 Camogie B Championship Final – Limerick 3-12 Offaly 0-9

Limerick defeated Offaly by 3-12 to 0-9 in the All-Ireland Under 16 Camogie B Championship Final on Saturday in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Limerick 3-12 (M McMahon 0-7 (4f, 1 45), C Costello 1-1, C Keating, A Wilson 1-0 each, D Muphy 0-3, L McCarthy 0-1)
Offaly 0-9 (M Jennings 0-4 (3f), C Cleary, A McGuinen (45), G Egan, L Gorman, R Brennan 0-1 each.

Match Preview

All-Ireland U16B Championship Final

Limerick v Offaly

Gaelic Grounds, 1.30pm

Limerick and Offaly are looking to build on the good work being carried out at ground level within both counties by claiming what would be a morale-boosting All-Ireland title in the curtain-raiser at the Gaelic Grounds.

Home venue is sure to be a significant advantage for the Shannonsiders, who blitzed Waterford by 3-18 to 2-7 in their semi-final a fortnight ago. Caoimhe Costelloe and Aoife Wilson inflicted much of the damage in that encounter and the local support will be hoping that they can produce more of the same against Offaly.

The Faithful have made significant progress at adult level in recent years and it seems that the production line continues to run. A gutsy victory over Wexford by the minimum margin helped them clear the penultimate hurdle.

Rachael Brennan and Christine Cleary pounced for the match-winning goals against the Model County’s finest and with Offaly fresh from booking a place in the Leinster final as well last weekend, they are sure to make a bold bid for honours.