First underage camogie title for Crusheen

Pic: Susan McMahon
Pic: Susan McMahon

Brid MacNamara and Jamesy McConigley roundup the latest underage camogie action in Clare.

U13A Cup
Scariff-Ogonnelloe 1-5 Inagh-Kilnamona 1-3

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After a tight contest, Scariff-Ogonnelloe have been crowned u13A Clare camogie champions on a scoreline of 1-05 to 1-03. Inagh-Kilnamona dominated in the early exchanges when they lead at the interval, on a scoreline 1- 2 to 0-02. It was a different story in the second half as Scarriff-Ogonnelloe shot out of the traps and a pivotal moment in game came when Jennifer Daly expertly lashed the ball past Mc Inerney. The East Clare amalgamation didn’t sit back and tagged on three further points to put them a goal ahead.

Inagh-Kilnamona did respond with a further point and could have won it at the death when a long Tierna Hegarty free was blocked on the line and pulled away to safety. Moments later Joe O’Donnell sounded his whistle to the delight of the Scarriff-Ogonnelloe faithful.

Outstanding performances from Jennifer Daly and Alva Rodgers throughout the match underpinned the Scarriff-Ogonnelloe victory with some great defending by Caitriona Aspel. There was noteworthy play by Inagh-Kilnamona’s Tierna Hegarty and Muireann Daffy while Cara McInerney’s helped her side out of some tricky situations with some fine saves.

Scarriff Ogonnelloe: Laura McGrath; Caoimhe O’Donnell, Caitriona Aspel, Bonnie Wiley Murphy; Saidhbh Giblin, Alva Rodgers J/Capt 0-2, Eibhlis Coleman; Jennifer Daly 1-2, Labhaoise O’Donnell; Aoife Kelly, Kate Walsh J/Capt, Leana Spazzi;Kathy Dinan, Aideen Hickey 0-1, Abby Walsh
Subs: Aine Scanlan for Abby Walsh, Emma O’Mahony for Kathy Dinan;

Inagh-Kilnamona: Cara McInerney, Caoimhe Longe, Danielle Griffin; Emma Keane; Caoimhe Devitt; Karlene McGerr, Ella Leyden; Amy Shannon, Tierna Hegarty; Rachel Cotter, Muireann Daffy, Emily Woods; Elisha Twomey, Lauren Fitzgerald, Elyse Rynne

Referee Joe O’Donnell (Cratloe)

U13A Shield Final
Clarecastle GAA:
St Josephs 3-3 Truagh Clonlara 0-2

There were no complaints with the weather in Clarecastle last Saturday as Truagh/Clonlara went head to head with St Joseph’s Doora Barefield to contest the U13 A Shield Final.

First out of the traps were the maroon & white girls with a perfectly posed point from the tall & agile Kate Montwill and when Saidhbh O’Brien sprinted through on a solo run from midfield to connect with full forward Caoilfhionn Ní Chonaill the silotar rattled the back of the net settling the St. Joseph girls into the game. Kate Montwill yet again burst through to pop over her second point of the day but Truagh/Clonlara fought hard to get into the game and despite bring refused entry by a solid half back and full back line and superb goalie Katie Callaghan, centre forward Joanne Egan decided to take the easier option of a point followed with another from corner forward Hannah Tiernan. But there was plenty more fire in the St. Joseph’s girls bellies and when Kate Montwill yet again blasted the silotar towards Truagh/Clonlara goalie Caoimhe Fennessy, it left Ava Lenihan to polish it into the net leaving half time score St. Joseph’s 2-2, Truagh/Clonlara 2 points.

The second half was going to be an uphill battle for Truagh/Clonlara and try as they might there was no penetrating the strong defence line St. Joseph’s produced. St. Joseph’s goalie, Katie Callaghan, blocked ball after ball as the south east Clare side persisted but nothing was registering. Centre back Emma Towey played a captains role giving leadership throughout this game and was instrumental distributing ball into the Joseph’s forward line. Aided securely by midfield duo Saidhbh O’Brien & Shauna Moloney, they effortlessly passed ball into Ellen Doyle in corner forward as she secured her name on the scoresheet when an accurate silotar hit the net. This put St. Joseph’s into a comfortable position as the game drew to the final stages but Shauna Moloney was yet to get her name on the scoresheet as she struck an accurate free to secure this Shield’s home place for the next 12 months. The scoreline in no way reflected the tightness of this sharp encounter and when Áine Nic Cormaic finally called a halt to proceedings the final score read St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield 3-3. Truagh/Clonlara 0-2.

St. Joseph’s: Katie Callaghan; Róisín Dillon, Sinéad O’Connor, Hannah Doyle; Oriana O’Shea, Emma Towey (Captain), Róisín Cahill; Shauna Moloney, Saidhbh O’Brien; Ava Lenihan, Emma O’Dwyer, Kate Montwill; Ellen Doyle, Caoilfhionn Ní Chonaill, Anna Cosgrove

Truagh Clonlara: Caoimhe Fennessy; Aoife Dillon, Aimee O’Shanahan, Fahriye Dilmac; Moya Byrnes, Alex Condron, Eve McMahon; Christina McKeon, Kathryn Galvin; Sophie Cullen, Joanne Egan, Bríd Gavin; Hannah Tiernan, Katie Conlan, Amie Carmody

Referee Aine Nic Cormaic Wolfe Tones

U13A Plate Final
Clooney GAA:
Kilmaley 2-8 Sixmilebridge 1-3

U13B Cup Final
Kilkishen 2-3 Clooney Quin 0-4

Kilkishen emerged winners in a hard fought game against Clooney-Quin On Sunday afternoon in Tulla. Clooney-Quin dominated he first half with constant pressure on the Kilkishen girls and lead at half time on a score of Clooney-Quin 0-3 to Kilkishen 1 point. Kilkishen got into their stride in the second half with a point from Aoife Ryan followed by a goal from Eimear Whitney. Emma Considine pointed a free minutes later for Clooney-Quin but Aoife Ryan went on the attack and put another point on the scoresheet for Kilkishen.

The last ten minutes saw great play from both sides but Kilkishen’s Aoife Ryan sealed victory for Kilkishen with a goal with five minutes remaining. Final score Kilkishen 2-3 Clooney-Quin 0-4

Kilkishen: Hollie Nugent; Niamh Melody, Kayleigh Bentley, Katie Frost; Rachel Henry, Chloe Philpott, Rebecca Burke; Eimear Murphy, Roisin McNamara; Abbey Heffernan, Aoife Ryan, Eimear Whitney; Fiona Close, Shauna Keane, Chelsea Canny

Clooney Quin: Amy Sexton; Anna Doyle, Niamh McGee, Ava Corbett; Molly Slattery, Abi O’Sullivan, Aine Browne; Lucy Cassidy, Emma Quin; Emma Considine, Clionadh Ryan, Ellie McNamara; Holly Deegan, Emily Costelloe, Lauren Wall

Referee Tommy Minogue Whitegate

U13B Shield Final
Shannon Camogie:
Clarecastle 6-6 Feakle/Killanena 4-0

An excellent second half saw Clarecastle claim the U13B Shield Final against Feakle/Kilanena in Shannon Camogie Pitch on Saturday evening. Some after the thrown in Emma O’Donoghue scored Clarecastles first goal, which was quickly cancelled when Feakle/Kilanena added 3-0 without reply. In the second quarter the Magpies responded when O’Donoghue scored her second goal followed by points from Emma O’Loughlin and O’Donoghue, which left one point between the teams at the interval 3-0 to 2-2. Ciara O’Dell levelled the game 2 minutes into the second half with a point from play.

O’Donoghue continued her scoring rampage with three further goals in the third quarter. Meabh Brady free landed in the back of the net, which was to be Feakle/Kilnanena final score of the game. The Magpies continued to work hard with further points from O’Dell (0-1) and O’Donoghue (0-2) to run out as worthy winners. Other to performed well for Clarecastle were Katelyn Cusack, Genna Kearney, Ciara O’Dell, & Charlotte O’Brien. Captain Katelyn Cusack accepted the shield from PRO Brid McNamara afterwards.

Clarecastle: Brooke McInerney; Teagan McInerney, Genna Kearney, Isabel Galbraith; Katelyn Cusack, Beth Faulkner, Annie Mai McEldowney; Emma O’Donoghue 5-4, Ciara O’Dell 0-2; Charlotte O’Brien, Ciara Sexton, Megan Healy; Katelyn Talty, Emma O’Loughlin, Abbie Moloney 1-0
Subs: Roisin Maxwell for Talty, Andrea Sheehan for Sexton, Emily Feehan for Healy

Feakle/Killanena: Aine Bowes; Arya Clune, Catherine Nugent, Edel Cusack; Jessie O’Connor, Hannah Moloney, Clodagh Moloney; Maebh Brady, Siobhan Tuohy; Alannah Fox, Keva Conway, Sinead McMahon; Rachel Sweeney, Aoibheann Madden, Deirdre Spillane

Referee: Áine Níc Cormaic

U13B Plate Final
Newmarket on Fergus 6-1 Eire Og 3-1

U13C Cup Final
Corofin GAA: Crusheen 4-7 Ruan 3-5

In perfect weather conditions Crusheen and Ruan provided a top quality match that was engrossing till the very end. The quality on display from both teams was deserving of a final.

Ruan settled into their rhythm quickly and put early pressure on Crusheen. Their early pressure resulted in them scoring the opening point of the game which was shortly followed by a second to give Ruan an early 0-2 to 0-0 lead. Crusheen found their stride and started to extend pressure on the Ruan defence. A long delivered from Eva Fitzgibbon was flicked on by Ellie Cullinan to Hannah Gleeson who pulled on it first time to the corner of the net. Crusheen forced their advantage home and a brilliant individual goal from Aine Clancy put them firmly in Control.

Crusheen’s half back line and midfield were exerting their influence and another fine run from Aine Clancy caused panic in the Ruan defence, Aoife Rogers being on hand to finish to the net leaving the score Crusheen 3-0 to 0-2. To Ruan’s credit they found another gear. Up till now they could find no way past Grainne Daffy in the Crusheen goal or the full back line of Jodie Fogarty O Neill and Sophie Hull. This was to change as a fine individual goal from Neasa Ni Lachman brought them back into the contest and this was quickly followed by a second goal to cut the gap to the minimum. A fine point from Eva Fitzgibbon edged Cru sheen into a two-point half time lead.

The second half saw Crusheen take the early initiative and they dictated the play. A good clearance from the Crusheen half backs found Aine Clancy in space. Bearing down on goal she had one thing on her mind and finished superbly into the top corner of the net. Mary Hanrahan and Faye Dean were in control in midfield and provided the platform for Crusheen to extend their lead. Some excellent free taking from Faye Dean and Mary Hanrahan saw Crusheen extend their lead to 7 points. Ruan refused to lie down and responded with a goal with five minutes remaining to cut the gap to 4 points. With time running out the Crusheen backs held firm with Maeve Stankard and Sinead O Halloran and Eva Fitzgibbon repealing every attack. At the other end of the field Caoimhe Clancy, Zara Waterhouse, and Grace Gleeson were providing the platform for Crusheen attacks and limiting Ruan’s ability to attack. A final point put 5 between the sides 4-7 to 3-5. The final whistle was greeted with scenes of jubilation as Crusheen claimed their first underage county title.

Crusheen: Aine Clancy 2-0; Ellie Cullinan, Grainne Daffy; Faye Dean 0-2, Eva Fitzgibbon 0-1,
Jodie Fogarty O’Neill; Mary Hanrahan 0-4, Sophie Hull; Hannah Gleeson 1-0, Sinead O Halloran, Aoife Rodgers 1-0, Meave Stankard, Zara Waterhouse, Grace Gleeson,

Ruan: Meabhdh Casey; Sinead Hastings, Emily Whelan; Niamh Glass, Ciara O’Grady, Maria Jones; Eve O’Connor, Neasa ní Ainiféin; Aisling Moloney, Aoife Anderson, Kate Forde; Aoife Glass, Neasa ní Lachtnáin

Referee Michael Culligan

U13C Shield Final
O’Callaghans Mills GAA:
Broadford 5-3 Cratloe 1-0

Broadford met Cratloe on the morning of Sunday 15th October in the Under 13 C Shield Final. The match took place in O’Callaghan’s Mills after a night of heavy rain so the ground was tough going. However, both teams came on to the field fired up and ready for what was an enjoyable match and an impressive display of camogie skills from all the girls. For the first ten minutes both sides seemed evenly matched but once the girls from Broadford found their stride they dominated the field for most of the match and steadily built up an impressive tally of goals.

Cratloe had a point denied them in the first half due to over-carrying but continued hard throughout the entire match to try and break through the Broadford backline. Fluid midfield play from Cratloes Cliona Murphy and Lucy Earls sent play forward, and in the ensuing scramble in the Broadford square captain Abbey Mason gave them a well-deserved goal. However Broadford’s dominance in the mid-field proved decisive and goals from Kathy O’Farrell, Claire Heffernan, Beatrice Vaughan and Ella Ryan Meany secured the final victory for Broadford.

Broadford: Jade Marsh O’Connell; Emma O’Brien, Rachel O’Connell; Ava Vaughan, Laura Ryan, Aisleigh McNamara; Sinead Vaughan, Kathy O’Farrell; Isabel O’Connell, Beatrice Vaughan, Ella O’Brien; Ella Ryan Meany, Claire Heffernan.
Subs: Ciara O’Connell for Ella O’Brien; Saibhdhe O’Sullivan for Isabell O’Connell

Cratloe: Fionnuala Costelloe; Aoife Healy, Kate O’Donoghue; Kayla McMahon, Chloe Casey Reidy, Eva O’Donoghue; Sadbh Foley, Chloe Ryan; Cliona Murphy, Lucy Earls, Sarah Brennan; Abby Mason, Ella Georgia O’Shea

Referee Lauran Solon Whitegate

U13C Plate Final
Shannon Camogie:
Parteen 7-6 Corofin 2-0

An eagerly awaited final match for both teams to finish the U13C Camogie Season on a dark Autumn Friday evening in Wolf Tones Camogie pitch in Shannon. Parteen opened the scoring with a goal from Eva McMahon, followed by another Parteen goal by Sarah Connolly and a third goal by Aisling Cooney brought it to 3 goals in five minutes, from a blistering start by the Parteen team.

Aisling Cooney was in great scoring form with another 3 points, 1 from play and 2 from frees. Also in good scoring form was Olivia Kelly who scored 2 goals before half time to bring the score to 5:3 for Parteen.

Great coverage of the pitch by Sarah Connolly who ran the length and width of the pitch, and Ellie Williamson who had great battles in Midfield for possession.
Second half saw Eibhleann Cassidy come in for her Sister Emer in the half back line. Also Leah Smith for Olivia Kelly in full forward and Neala Carroll for Katie McDonald in full-back.

Aisling Cooney opened the second half scoring with a point and this was followed up by a point from a free from Sinead Barry, Parteen’s Captain who moved out from goals to play midfield for the second half. Lucy Bourke also came in for Laura Kelly half way through the second half in full forward.

Further scoring from Parteen with a point from Sarah Connolly and two goals from Aisling Cooney and Clara Egan. Two late goals from Corofin in the last ten minutes of the game to finish the game Parteen 7-6 to Corofin 2-0, despite some valiant and great play by Corofin.

Both teams showed a sporting and competitive attitude to the game.

Parteen: Sinead Barry; Sinead Fitzgerald, Lauren O’Driscoll; Katie McDonald, Eibhlean Cassidy, Sarah Connelly; Ellie Williamson, Eva McMahon; Emer Cassidy, Colette McCarthy, Aisling Cooney; Clara Elgar, Laura Kelly

Corofin: Rachel Fitzpatrick; Amy Fitzgerald, Caoimhe Connors; Kelly Flanagan, Maria Cahill, Caitlin O’Brien; Eva Carey, Keelin Fitzgerald; Saoirse Flanagan, Aine Corbett, Kiera Fitzgerald; Aine Cleary, Katie Meehan

Referee Aine Nic Cormaic Wolfe Tones

Sat 22nd October
Munster Junior Club Championship Final
Cashel King Cormacs GAA Club: Scariff Ogonnelloe (Clare) v De la Salle (Waterford), 2.30pm

Sun 23rd October
The Clare Champion U16 Championship
U16 C Semi Final
Clooney GAA: Clooney Quin v Ruan, 11.00am Referee Aine Nic Cormaic

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