Fr McNamara Park: Sixmilebridge 1-14 Inagh Kilnamona 2-19
Inagh Kilnamona secured their second win of 2021 championship with a win over Sixmilebridge on a final score line of 2-18 to 1-14 on Saturday afternoon at Clare Camogies headquarters on the Quin road. Aoife Keane got the winners off to an early start with a well taken point from play in the opening minute which Chloe Morey responded to with a free at the other end. Inagh Kilnamona took a firm grasp of this game from here to the water break as they followed up with a goal from a penalty and two points from top scorer of the game Aoibhinn Ryan with her sister Laoise pointing from a long range free in the seventh minute of the game. A brilliant pass from wing forward Aoife Keane was brilliantly caught by Aoibhinn Ryan who scored for her second goal of the game, leaving the score at the first water break Inagh Kilnaoma 2-4 Sixmilebridge 0-5.
An injury to Sinead Hogan saw the Bridge deploy Sarah Loughnane to goals and Jessica Williams came on in the forwards. Inagh Kilnamona continued to dominate in the second quarter with Aoibhinn Ryan once again on target for two points from frees and another from play. Inagh Kilnamona could have been further ahead but a great block by Kiah Mellet denied them a green flag. Keane had her second point with five minutes of time remaining and Danielle Griffin added her name to the Inagh Kilnamona scoreboard also. Niamh Lyons and Morey kept the Bridge scoreboard ticking over and with the halftime whistle imminent, a last attack from Inagh Kilnamona saw the ball tipped out over the end line with Aoibhinn Ryan putting over the resulting ‘45 to leave the half time score Inagh Kilnamona 2-10 Sixmilebridge 0-9.
In the second half substitute Claire Commane playing at corner forward got her first point in the opening minute followed by a Danielle Griffin point four minutes later. Full forward Amy Keating got her first point of the afternoon before captain Clare Hehir playing at centre back sent a long delivery which Keane gathered and fired over. Sixmilebridge added a brace of points to their tally during the third quarter. Aoibhin McNamara pointed for the Bridge at the restart after the water break before an Inagh Kilnamona attack saw Loughnane come off her line with a superb save to deny Inagh Kilnamona a third green flag. Sixmilebridge goal came late on in this game, a ’45 was struck by Maire McGrath into the danger area which Morey gathered and struck low and hard top the back of the Inagh Kilnamona net, to see the game finish Inagh Kilnamona 2-19 Sixmilebridge 1-14
Inagh Kilnamona: Rebecca Keating, Michaela Roughan, Sinead Quinn, Michelle Mescall, Teresa O’Keeffe, Clare Hehir, Tierna Hegarty, Sinead Power, Laoise Ryan, Danielle Griffin, Aoibhinn Ryan, Aoife Keane, Amy Keating, Helen Hehir, Orla Vaughan.
Subs: Claire Commane for Helen Hehir, Cathy Cullinan for Michaela Roughan, Jane Fitzgerald for Orla Vaughan and Hazel O Connor for Danielle Griffin.
Sixmilebridge: Sinead Hogan; Kiah Mellett, Deanna Considine, Aoife Hurley; Emma Kennedy, Rachel Kelly, Michelle Hurley; Maire McGrath (0-1F), Finia O’Brien; Niamh Lyons (0-1),Sarah Loughnane (0-1),Alise Roche; Rachel O’Halloran, Chloe Morey (1-7 5F), Aoibhín McNamara (0-2)
Subs: Jessica Williams for Sinead Hogan, Olivia Phelan (0-1) for Michelle Hurley 20 mins
Ogonnelloe GAA: Feakle Killanena 1-10 Truagh Clonlara 2-16
Truagh Clonlara ran out convincing winners in the second round of the senior championship against Feakle Killanena on a score of 2-16 to 1-10. An encouraging first half performance saw Feakle Killanena leading by just one point at half time, however Truagh Clonlara dominated the second half to run out 9 point winners. The first score came with a point from play from Lorna McNamara in the third minute which was quickly nullified by a point from a free by Aine O’Loughlin. A long ball up field, won by Laura McGrath added a second point for Feakle Killanena. O’Loughlin again responded with a point from play. Truagh Clonlara were putting fierce pressure on the Feakle Killanena defence but they held strong and forced the ball wide. A free won by Shauna Canny was slotted over the bar by Lorna Mc Namara in the eleventh minute followed by another point from play. Truagh Clonlara also added two more points from play from Eimear Kelly and Becky Foley to leave the sides level on four points each at the water break. On commencement Evelyn Duggan landed a long range free over the bar and two minutes later the opening goal of the game came from a great effort by Lorna McNamara. Truagh Clonlara responded with two points from play and a Kelly free. Laura McGrath and Lorna McNamara who were operating well in both corners kept the scoreboard ticking over for Feakle Killanena with a point each. Just before half time Roisin Quillingan pulled off a brilliant save to deny Truagh Clonlara a goal chance. The resulting ‘45 was converted by Kelly who also added one more point from a free before the break leaving the score at half time Feakle Killanena 1-7, Truagh Clonlara 0-9.
Truagh Clonlara were on the attach from the restart and delivered ball with speed to their forwards resulting in two goals within a three-minute period, the swith of Becky Foley to full forward paying huge dividends. Feakle Killanena were finding it hard to gain possession and could not curb the oppositions attack. During the third quarter Truagh Clonlara scored 2-6 without reply, to see the score line at the second half water break Truagh Clonlara 2-15 Feakle Killanena 1-7. Feakle Killanena regained some composure in the last quarter and added two points by Regan Conway and a free from Lorna McNamara. The value of experience stood to Truagh Clonlara and they were deserving winners on the day. Feakle Killanena must now pick themselves up for their final round game against Sixmilebridge in two weeks’ time.
Truagh Clonlara: Lisa Moloney; Sinead Ryan, Michelle Powell, Sinead Hogg; Louise Egan, Niamh Powell, Roisin Powell; Michelle Caulfield, Ellen Horgan; Aine O Loughlin (0-5 2F) Becky Foley (2-2) Maire Begley; Hannah Horgan (0-2) Eimear Kelly (0-6 5F) Eimear Begley.
Subs: Leah Hawes (0-1) for Eimear Begley, Sarah Sherlock for Hannah Horgan.
Feakle Killanena: Roisin Quilligan; Aoife Tuohy, Eileen Daly, Ellie Edge O’Neill; Zi Yan Spillane, Ella MacNamara, Meave Brady; Evelyn Duggan (0-1) Roisin Mc Mahon; Shanua Canny, Robyn Conway, Claire McNamara; Laura McGrath (0-2), Regan Conway (0-2) Lorna McNamara (1-5 3F)
Subs: Louise Keehan for Roisin McMahon, Louise O’Callaghan for Meave Brady, Rachael McNamara for Claire McNamara
Referee: Johnny Healy
Fr McNamara Park: Newmarket on Fergus 2-8 Scariff Ogonnelloe 2-12
The third round of the 2021 Senior Camogie Championship was a repeat of the 2019 county final, with the same result being recorded as Scariff Ogonnelloe edged out an experienced Newmarket team on a score line of 2-12 to 2-08. It was Scariff Ogonnelloe who built on their success from the opening two rounds, leaving Newmarket with it all to play for as they enter the final round versus St Josephs. In what was a tough physical match in wet, wintery conditions this highly anticipated pairing failed to disappoint and kept spectators enthralled until the final puck of the ball.
Newmarket were first to open the scoring with good play from Zoe McInerney who shone throughout and kept the Scariff Ogonnelloe backs on their toes. The opening quarter was competitive, with both teams attempting to assert themselves, Scariff Ogonnelloe with it all to prove after being knocked out by Newmarket at the semifinal stage last year. Scariff Ogonnelloe again heavily relied on the experience of Mairead Scanlan in the opening minutes, who relied on her immense free taking expertise to keep Scariff Ogonnelloe in contention. As both sides attempted to adjust to the wet unnderfoot conditions, frees were hard earned and ensuring players went down over the ball was important in securing first-hand possession. It was four points apiece entering the first quarter. The second quarter opened in similar vein with Newmarket setting the terms to ensure a physical match and played the ball down the center and sought to rely on the expertise of the McMahon sisters. While this was successful at times, Scariff Ogonnelloe coped well with the pressure on their back line and a strong defence enabled quick attacks. One such attack resulted in loose ball around the square and a lively response by Aisling Corbett ensured the scramble resulted a goal for the East Clare side. Another fine strike at a tight angle by Corbett helped increase the lead for Scariff Ogonnelloe in the second quarter who were slowly edging out the Blues in this hotly anticipated match. Alva Rodgers was again proficient in scoring and general play in the corner forward position. Newmarket though were not letting any such attempt go unanswered and points by Zoe McInerney and Michelle McMahon meant they trailed only by one going in at half time.
The free-flowing nature of the game continued into the second half and this was when Scariff Ogonnelloe found another gear as they sought to be the first time to cement their place in the semi-finals. Good play by Laobhaoise O’Donnell and Amy Barrett pushed the East Clare side on as they launched repeated attack at the Newmarket defence. Jennifer Daly broke through to increase the lead for Scariff Ogonnelloe as margin increased in their favour entering the final water break. The game was stopped on several occasions due to injuries on both sides which represented the tough, physical game which undoubtedly left sore bodies in the succeeding days, Newmarket’s Jenny Kelly was substituted due to an injury and this was a huge blow to their forward line. The last quarter began with great intensity and Susan Vaughan and Rosin McMahon stood out for both sides for their tough, dogged performances. Vaughan’s ability to drive forward and launch attacks and McMahon’s pace and physicality kept this game intriguing for spectators. Scariff Ogonnelloe continued to take their points and 1-11 to 7 points with only five minutes remaining. Lorraine Grady’s introduction for Scariff Ogonnelloe added pace to their forward line and one run down the right hand of the pitch failed to be met by the Newmarket defence and a clean strong strike by Grady found the back of the Newmarket net. This was a huge boost for Scariff Ogonnelloe who now looked all but certain to claim victory. This view from the neutral spectator was not also held by Newmarket however and they became even more concentrated in their attacks. A speedy Kaci Toomey broke through the Scariff defence and scored a brilliant point from play. Two goals by Laura McMahon in the closing minutes showed her nature as a player, refusing to give up until the final minute, with the final goal being from a 21-yard free in the final seconds of the game and made Scariff Ogonnelloe question how comfortable they had been in the preceding minutes.
Scariff Ogonnelloe earned this hard-earned victory in this return to winter hurling and leaves Newmarket with it all to play for in the final round, with their chances of progression into the semifinal also dependent on results from the other matches in the group. Scariff Ogonnelloe will be happy to take the win but will have food for thought in how to prevent teams launching successful attacks in the final minutes which they may not get away with on another day.
Best on the day for Scariff Ogonnelloe were Susan Vaughan, Labhaoise O’Donnell, Alva Rodgers, Amy Barrett, with Rosin McMahon, Zoe McInerney and Laura McMahon best for Newmarket.
Scariff Ogonnelloe: Rachael Daly; Alison McGee, Susan Daly, Bonnie Wiley Murphy; Rachel Minogue, Ciara Doyle, Susan Vaughan; Lynda Daly, Amy Barrett; Jennifer Daly, Mairead Scanlan, Labhaoise O’Donnell; Alva Rodgers, Aisling Corbett, Abby Walsh.
Newmarket on Fergus: Ciara McCarthy; Aimee McInerney (C), Carol O Leary, Áine O’Brien; Aoife Griffin, Laura McMahon (2-0), Ellen Casey; Katie O Flanagan, Niki Kaiser (0-1); Michelle McMahon (0-1), Róisín McMahon, Caoimhe Lally; Jenny Kelly, Annemarie Hayes (0-1), Zoe McInerney (0-4F).
Subs: Kaci Toomey (0-1) for Jenny Kelly (inj) 14mins, Kate Clancy for Aoife Griffin 32 mins,
Tara O Neill for Róisín McMahon 45 min
Referee: Andy McMahon
Clarecastle GAA: St Josephs 2-7 Kilmaley 0-15
Eire Og GAA: Eire Og 1-13 Clarecastle/Ballyea 4-9
Clarecastle/Ballyea played a thriller against a tough Éire Óg side on Saturday evening in Round 3 of the Intermediate Camogie Championship.
Éire Óg took the early initiative scoring four points within the first ten minutes and looked to be dominating proceedings. However, Clarecastle/Ballyea responded with a well worked goal after an excellent passage of play from Amie Wiley to Doireann Murphy. The townies hit back scoring a further two points. The amalgamation managed to stay in touch with scores from Emma O’Loughlin (1), Hannah Mai Neylon (1-0) and Murphy (1) while Ella Cahill scored two points for her side. Further points from O’Loughlin, Neylon & Wiley reduced the deficit to leave the game three points adrift on a scoreline of 2-5 to 0-8 at half-time.
Éire Óg scored early in the first half with scores from Jodie Russell (0-1), Ella Cahill (0-1) and Orla McMahon (1-0) to give their side a two-point lead. This lead was soon wiped out as Doireann Murohy struck for goal in the 46th minute. Ella Cahill put her side up once again as she replied with two points from placed balls. Once again, this lead was wiped out as Murphy completed a hat trick of goals, giving her side a two-point lead.
In the final quarter Clarecastle/Ballyea began to dominate through excellent defence from Emma O’Connell, Hannah Dinan, Molly McMahon and Carol Browne by closing down the attack preventing further scores from the Townies. Points from O’Loughlin, Stella Quinlivan and Murphy helped their side to come away with a 5-point win in what was a hard-fought battle from both sides.
Clarecastle/Ballyea: Lauren Tuohy, Cathy Casey, Emma O’Connell, Charlotte O’Brien, Molly McMahon, Carol Browne, Lily McMahon, Chloe Devitt, Grace Russell, Ria Flanagan, Amie Wiley (0-1), Stella Quinlivan (0-1), Emma O’Loughlin (0-3), Hannah Mai Neylon (1-2), Doireann Murphy (3-2),
Subs: Charlotte O’Brien for McMahon (inj), Hannah Morrissey for Dinan
Éire Óg: Leah Ryan; Eva Whyte, Amy Russell, Aimee Daniels; Claire McMahon, Grainne Nolan, Sophie Hanna; Sarah Redmond, Alana McInerney; Orla Devitt, Elizabeth Russell, Maria Redmond; Ella Cahill, Orla McMahon, Jodie Russell
Sub: Aoibheann Hahessy for Amy Russell (6 mins inj)
Referee: Ciaran Sheehan
Tulla GAA: Tulla 1-14 Whitegate 2-8
Round 3 of the Intermediate Championship saw Whitegate face Tulla in Tulla’s backyard. It was an intense battle from throw in, but it was the Tulla girls who were first out of the traps with an early point coming from play through Orla Mulconroy. The puckout was then won by Whitegate’s Greta Hickey, but she was fouled soon afterwards, and this gave Whitegate a chance to score. Susan Fahy stepped up to take the free which she converted with ease; this gave Whitegate their first point of the match. Following this Tulla went on the attack and a shot that was sent in by Tulla’s Sinead Conlon came off the post and was then deflected by the vigiliant Aisling McNamara player into the back of the Whitegate goals for the first green flag of the match. Tulla upped the play for the next period just before the first water break and added four more points to their tally, one from play and three converted frees by Bridin Dinan. Before the water break Whitegate scored their first goal when there was a scramble for the ball in around the square which was whipped to the back of the Tulla net by Ali Hynes. The next quarter is where the Whitegate girls were in top form and added five more points to their score. Four of these points were converted frees by Fahy following fouls which came from Tulla as Whitegate piled on the pressure, with the point from play from Amber Nolan. Meanwhile further converted frees from Dinan made sure that Tulla kept their lead and were ahead at half time by two points. The first period of the second half is where Tulla drove on, scoring five points before the second water break, most of which came from play. The Geata Ban girls failed to score in this period and it was here that the game may have been lost for them. In the last quarter of the game Aoife Dooley added a further point to Tulla’s final score. Whitegate tried to make a comeback and Aideen Hickey narrowed the Tulla Lead when she scored a point from a placed ball. Susan Fahy also took a free in this quarter following a foul on Lisa Donoghue. Fahy drove the ball with strength, and it went all the way to the back of the Tulla net. Tulla still had a cushioned lead of five points at this stage. The final score of the match came from Whitegate’s Aideen Hickey when she split the Tulla post with a converted free. But time ran out for the Whitegate girls and Tulla were the winners when the final whistle blew, Tulla 1-14 Whitegate 2-8.
Tulla: Danara Crowe; Leah McInerney, Áine Dinan, Amy McNamara; Lorna Power, Sinéad Conlon (0-2), Gillian Ryan; Bridín Dinan( 0-6 5F), Jennifer Nicholas; Ciara Goland, Orna Mulconroy (0-2), Aisling McNamara (1-1); Éabha McInerney, Aisling Hunt (0-1), Aoife Dooley (0-2)
Subs: Sherena McGrath for Hunt
Whitegate: Lauren Solan, Ciara O’Leary, Orla Burke, Caitriona Apsel, Katie Hynes, Niamh Quirke, Lisa Donoghue, Leana Spazzi Greta Hickey, Amber Nolan (0-1), Aideen Hickey (0-2), Ali Hynes, Susan Fahy (1-5F)) Aine McDermott. Cait Keenan, Abigail Starr.
Subs: Abigail Starr for Ali Hynes.
Referee: Andy McMahon
Junior A Championship
Inagh GAA: Inagh Kilnamona 1-12 Ruan/Crusheen 2-9
The heavy showers threatened but did not come and spoil this end-to-end tussle in Round 3 of the Junior Championship. At the final whistle, the sides shared the points in a match where both teams held the lead for periods of this encounter.
The first half was a stop-start affair with breaks for injuries and indiscretions throughout. Aoife Anderson opened the scoring for the visitors with more points coming from Lauren O’Donoghue and Maeve Stankard, but the hosts still took a 0-5 to 0-4 lead into the water break.
The second quarter was a busy time for Referee Quinn. A yellow card for Ruan/Crusheen captain Roisin O’Loughlin, three goals, three points and player injuries all noted and recorded. The first goal came from Inagh Kilnamona and was followed quickly by a point apiece. The strong centre field pairing of Aoife Anderson and Grainne Wynne turned the match to the visitors as they released runners for Lauren O’Donoghue and Claire McDonnell to both raise the green flag giving them a point advantage at half time.
A wrist injury to Grainne Wynne forced a change as Maeve Stankard was moved to centre field and Sarah O’Donoghue slotted into wing forward when the second half started. The ‘championship’ quarter went to the visitors as the aforementioned Anderson slotted three unanswered points to build a 4-point lead going into the final session.
As the players returned after the second sos uisce, Inagh Kilnamona were energised and hungry, and took the quarter five points to one in a thrilling fifteen minutes. The result could well have been wrapped up for the home team but for a never give-in attitude by the back six. Roisin O’Loughlin led by example as Hannah King and Saoirse McNamara stood firm. Another powerful performance from Rebecca Crowe frequently forced the attacks to break down whilst Aimee McDonagh and Meabhdh Casey turned over ball and handed off to Louise McDonnell to attack again. Ruan/Crusheen have Alice Casey to thank for a wonderful reflex save that was certainly goal bound. At the other end Lorna Crowe and Tammy Griffin ran down channels but couldn’t find a score. In the end a long range free from Aoife Anderson levelled the scores as both sides remain unbeaten in the group.
Ruan: Alice Casey, Meabhdh Casey, Roisin O’Loughlin, Hannah King, Aimee McDonagh, Rebecca Crowe, Saoirse McNamara, Grainne Wynne, Aoife Anderson (0-7), Maeve Stankard (0-1), Lauren O’Donoghue (1-1), Louise McDonnell, Lorna Crowe, Claire McDonnell (1-0), Amy O’Donoghue
Subs: Tammy Griffin for Amy O’Donoghue, Sarah O’Donoghue for Grainne Wynne, Ciara O’Grady for Meabhdh Casey
Junior B Championship
Newmarket GAA: Newmarket on Fergus 2-5 Feakle Killanena 0-4
Newmarket overcame Feakle-Killanena on Friday evening in the last group game of the Junior B Championship.
Played in wet and windy conditions Newmarket were first to register scores with two points coming from Hannah Fitzgerald and Izzy Coffey before Alannah Fix pointed from a placed ball for Feakle Killanena.
Coffey and Niamh Gleeson added to Newmarkets tally in the second quarter while Clodagh Gray scored a fine point for Feakle-Killanena just before halftime to see the score read 0-5 to 0-2 in favour of the Blues.
Newmarket nabbed two goals in the second half through Izzy Coffey and Lucy Enright and while Feakle-Killanena got 2 great points it wasn't enough to trouble Newmarket who saw the game out on a scoreline of 2-5 to 0-4
Newmarket on Fergus: Lauren Flaherty; Kira O Flanagan, Caroline Feehily, Katie Duggan; Róisín White, Sinead White, Emer White; Áine Feehily, Lucy Enright (1-0); Grace McMahon, Lizzie Gough(C), Izzy Coffey (1-3); Lisa O Neill, Niamh Gleeson(0-1F), Hannah Fitzgerald (0-1)
Eire Og GAA: Eire Og 1-3 Parteen 7-8
Sixmilebridge GAA: Sixmilebridge 1-2 Truagh Clonlara 3-17
Junior C Championship
Ballyea GAA: Clarecastle/Ballyea 3-3 Broadford 6-10
Cratloe GAA: Cratloe 3-8 Banner 2-7