Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship Round 4
Clare 1-8 Dublin 1-8 @ Newmarket-on-Fergus
Anger, confusion and disappointment just about covers the array of emotions felt by Clare Camogie supporters leaving Fr. Murphy Memorial Park after this Round 4 clash in the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship.
The decision by referee Ray Kelly to play almost six minutes of added time in the second half baffled all of the crowd although those wearing sky blue were slow to admit it.
Entering that stoppage time, Clare were two points to the good and looked on course for a very hard earned victory. By the time the full time whistle was sounded, Dublin had gained parity and it was a share of the spoils.
It was so close to being a valuable victory following the heavy first round defeat to Kilkenny and would have softened the blow of all the controversy surrounding fixtures from earlier in the week.
Dublin were faster out of the blocks in a wet Newmarket-on-Fergus with points from Laoise Quinn and Alison Maguire (f) giving them the early advantage.
Andrea O’Keeffe was instrumental for Clare throughout and it was from her solo run straight through the heart of the Dublin defence that resulted in a free and Clare’s first score.
Another placed ball followed and Chloe Morey again made no mistake for the Banner.
Dublin’s Alison Maguire was no slouch over the placed ball either and she responded with two for her team.
The number of frees given and taken by both sides was in no small part down to the heavy wind and rain.
Having watched Morey tap over another free for Clare, Dublin responded with a major in their next attack.
A rebounded effort found its way to Dublin full forward Aoife Bugler who lashed to the bottom corner of the net first time to give Dublin a four point advantage.
It could have gotten better for Dublin soon after but Denise Lynch was alert to prevent Sarah O’Donovan finding the net.
The Banner girls registered their first score from play after 28 minutes when Morey got her fifth of the match.
Having played against the breeze for the first half, Clare needed to start the second half well which is exactly what they did.
Within ten minutes of the restart, Morey had another 1-1 to her name without a Dublin reply. The first coming from a placed ball before Róisín McMahon picked out the Sixmilebridge player with an inch perfect pass.
Morey, already goal side of Rose Collins, took the ball in her stride before firing it home past Síle Nic Coitir to give Clare the advantage.
Having come out so prominently from the break, Clare will be disappointing with their failure to score for 16 minutes after Morey’s goal.
In that spell, Dublin were able to drag themselves level thanks to a brace from Emma Flanagan which both came from failed attempts from Clare players clearing their lines.
The score of the game was the next point from Morey who plucked a long Maire McGrath clearance out of the air between two opponents before getting the space to steady herself and split the posts from distance.
Another free followed for Clare to give them a two point lead with the hour of normal time completed.
As the clock ticked over the hour, Dublin pressed hard and were met by an impressive defensive effort for Clare who were refusing to stand down.
Miriam Twomey managed to get through with two minutes of the added time played and took her score to leave just the minimum.
Tensions were running high amongst Clare supporters with the usual shouts for the whistle emanating from the sidelines but play continued and Dublin kept pushing on.
Orlaith Durkan had goal in mind when she got inside the Clare 14m line but was forced to the end line where a scramble ensued before the umpire signalled for a ’45.
Now inside the sixth minute of injury time, Maguire stood over the ball knowing that it would be the last chance but she made no mistake and sent it straight between the posts.
Heartbreak for Clare who defended valiantly when up against it late on. It will feel like a loss for the Banner while Dublin will be very relieved with the result.
Chloe Morey, scoring all of Clare’s 1-8, stood out for her side, as did the very impressive Andrea O’Keeffe on the wing. Kate Lynch led by example in the middle of the field while Emma O’Connell and Maire McGrath were uncompromising in the full back line.
Tipperary and Derry lie ahead for Clare and a victory is needed sooner rather than later if they’re to progress past the group stage.
Clare: Denise Lynch (Kilmaley); Emma O’Connell (Ballyea), Maire McGrath (Cratloe), Aoife Griffin (Newmarket-on-Fergus); Orlaith Duggan (Clooney/Quin), Roisin McMahon (Newmarket-on-Fergus), Kathleen Horgan (Truagh/Clonlara); Kate Lynch (Kilkishen), Clare Hehir (Inagh/Kilnamona); Andrea O’Keeffe (Inagh/Kilnamona), Eimear Kelly (Truagh/Clonlara), Michelle Caulfield (Truagh/Clonlara); Vera Loughnane (Feakle), Chloe Morey (Sixmilebridge) (1-8, 0-6f), Amy Keating (Inagh/Kilnamona). Subs: Kate O’Gorman (Kilkishen) for Loughnane (43), Teresa O’Keeffe (Inagh/Kilnamona) for Keating (56)
Dublin: Síle Nic Coitir (Ballyboden St. Enda’s); Catriona Power (Naomh Mearnog), Rose Collins (Naomh Brid), Aisling Carolan (St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh); Miriam Twomey (Naomh Mearnog) (0-1), Louise O’Hara (Erin’s Isle), Laura Twomey (Naomh Mearnog); Martha O’Donoghue (Ballyboden St Enda’s), Alison Maguire (Naomh Uinsionn) (0-4, 0-3f, 0-1’45); Laoise Quinn (St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh) (0-1), Sarah O’Donovan (Naomh Uinsionn), Emma Flanagan (Lucan Sarsfields) (0-2); Aisling Maher (Naomh Uinsionn), Aoife Bugler (St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh) (1-0), Siobhan Kehoe (Naomh Finbarra). Subs: Orlaith Durkan (Skerries Harps) for O’Donoghue, Mairi Moynihan (Lucan Sarsfields) for Maher, Aine Fanning (Naomh Uinsionn) for Kehoe.
Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare)