Margaret Lafferty’s youthful Inagh/Kilnamona got their Championship bid off to the perfect start overcoming 2014 County finalists, Clooney/Quin by two points.
Inagh Kilnamona 3-5
Clooney Quin 1-9
Venue: Hamilton Park, Kilkishen
Inagh Kilnamona were eventual winners in this evenly contested round one tie on Sunday afternoon. Clooney Quin having taken the lead in the 7th minute relinquished that lead after forty eight minutes as the young guns of Inagh Kilnamona came to life mid way through the second half and held out to take the points after a nervous opening thirty minutes.
Clooney Quin were first to register a score when from the throw in they won possession and Aisling Corbett neatly split the posts inside the opening minute. Tara Rynne had Inagh Kilnamona’s opening score, pointing from the ’45 line, after the ball had been worked out from the half-back line. Jane Fitzgerald added from play before Deirdre Murphy had the sides level when she converted a ’45.
Aoife Keane’s goal in the ninth minute was a lifeline for her side who would not score again till almost the mid way point of the second half. Clooney Quin did not falter however and with Orlaith Duggan splitting the posts the deficit was reduced to two points. Jessica O’Neill’s effort from play, in the twenty eight minute left daylight between the sides before Grant sent a low fast moving shot to the corner of the net following an inch perfect pass from O’Neill. Murphy converted a free in injury time to see Clooney Quin go in with a three point advantage.
Clooney Quin started the second half as they had finished the first, attacking and continuously moving play forward. A trio of points in the opening ten minutes saw them push ahead, in comparison to a nervy looking Inagh Kilnamona. Changes on the Inagh Kilnamona side were to prove game changing, Claire Commane replacing Chloe Foudy while Siobhan Lafferty was introduced for Fitzgerald, Commane was on the field just a short while when she made her presence felt in the form of a green flag, having hand passed to the net.
This was swiftly followed by a goal from Amy Keating following a good build up from Sinead Quinn and Lauara Rynne, levelling matters. These two goals sprung life into Inagh Kilnamona who had three unanswered points in the next six minutes, Quinn with a free followed by points from play from Tara Rynne and Commane. Clooney Quin increased the pressure in the closing minutes, a well struck point from out on the wing leaving two points between the sides.
With time running out Orlaith Duggan bore down on the Inagh Kilnamona danger area only to be brought down just outside the small square, resulting in a 21 yard free, Murphys shot was blocked on the line by Quinn and the eventually deflected out over the line, the resulting ’45 was dropped in again and Inagh Kilnamona won a free out for the last puck of the game, giving Inagh Kilnamona their first win of this year’s competition.
Inagh Kilnamona: Rebecca Keating; Sinead Power, Clare Hehir, Orlaith Cotter; Michelle Wynne, Teresa O’Keeffe, Sinead Quinn 0-1F; Jane Fitzgerald 0-1, Andrea O’Keeffe; Tara Rynne 0-2, Fiona Lafferty, Chloe Foudy; Aoife Keane, Amy Keating 1-0, Laura Rynne.
Subs: Clare Commane 1-1 for Fitzgerald, Siobhan Lafferty for Foudy
Clooney Quin: Sheelagh Daffy; Kate McCarthy, Mairead Kelly, Nicole O’ Riordan; Jenny Costelloe, Aisling Hannon 0-1, Clara Grogan, Orlaith Duggan 0-1, Deirdre Murphy 0-5; Jenny Grant 1-0, Aisling Corbett 0-1, Claire Ryan, Aoibheann Duggan, Mary Clune, Jessica O’Neill 0-1
Subs: Siobhan Halpin for O’Riordan, Jessica O’Neill for Costelloe
Referee John Dolan (Clarecastle)
Player of the Game: Fiona Lafferty, (Inagh Kilnamona)