Cork Senior Camogie Champions, Inniscarra travelled to Inagh on Halloween day hoping they could book their spot in the Munster Senior Camogie Final and they duly delivered with a deserved six point win over Inagh/Kilnamona.
By Jamesy Mc Conigley
It was ideal conditions for the contest held in a pristine Inagh pitch with some fiery camogie for the hour. Sharpshooters Amy Keating and Joanne Casey exchanged scores in the opening fifteen minutes but it was the home side who would dominate early proceedings.
Inagh-Kilnamona settled the better of the two, racing into a three point lead but it was soon nullified. Winning primary possession, Laura Brennan dished off the sliotar to Tereasa McCarthy, with only one objective in her mind her cannoned effort deflected off Siobhan Lafferty and left Rebecca Keating with no chance of saving her effort.
Keating would be thanked moments later, Laura Brennan will question how she didn’t raise a green flag but somehow the goalkeeper sensationally diverted her effort away to safety. Inniscarra had shaken off the early nerves and were in the ascendance.
McCarthy’s goal sparked more energy into this affair with both sides trading points courtesy of Amy Keating and Joanne Casey to leave the visitors ahead by the smallest of margins at the break.
Pressure began to build on the home side’s defence and Keating was again called upon with just eight minutes of the second half underway, Laura Brennan danced through the combo defence and lashed her shot on target but Keating had enough to foil her again.
Margret Lafferty’s team tired while Inniscarra who were crowned County Champions on Friday fired over five points in a row to help them gain a healthy six point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining. Inagh-Kilnamona pressed the panic button and began to launch the ball in, regrettably to see it come out as fast as it went in.
Rolling the dice for the final time, Inamona sprung Helen Hehir and captain Tara Rynne from the bench but their best efforts failed and their numbers did not come up. Inniscara advance into the AIB Munster Senior Camogie Final were they will face Burgess-Duharra.
Inniscarra: Sinead Ní Riain; Mary Buckley, Caithlin Looney, Claire Croinin; Rosie O’Mahoney, Rebecca Quigley; Rene Buckley, Aoife Kavanagh; Rebecca Keane, Laura Brennan, Aoife Dineen; Trease McCarthy, Niamh McCarthy, Joanne Casey.
Scorers: Joanne Casey (0-07 3F 2[45’s]), Aoife Dineen (1-00), Niamh McCarthy, Aileen Sheehan and Claire Croinin (0-01 each).
Inagh-Kilnamona: Rebecca Keating; Orlaith Cotter, Siobhan Lafferty, Michelle Wynne; Teresa O’Keeffe, Clare Hehir, Laoise Ryan; Sinead Quinn, Andre O’Keefe; Aoife Keane, Sinead O’Loughlin, Jane Fitzgerald; Claire Commane, Amy Keating, Laura Rynne. Subs: Sinead Power for Laura Rynne, Helen Hehir for Sinead O’Loughlin, Chloe Foudy for Clare Hehir and Tara Rynne for Sinead Power.
Scorers: Amy Keating (0-05 3F), Aoife Keane and Claire Commane (0-01 each).
Photos by Martin Connolly