Intermediate Camogie Round-Up
Cahir and Newport/Ballinahinch played out a terrific round 5 clash in Cahir on Saturday with the visitors emerging winners by the narrowest of margins.
Newport/Ballinahinch raced into an early lead and when Grace O’Toole hit the back of the net after twelve minutes, Cahir were trailing 1-6 to a single point and looked to be in serious trouble.
The goal was the catalyst for a Cahir comeback and with Rosin Howard switched to full-forward she was unstoppable with 2-5 before half time. Carol Casey also pointed to put Cahir into the lead at the break, 2-7 to 1-6.
Newport/Ballinahinch used the break to regroup and emerged in the second half with a renewed urgency and fight. Points from Grace O’Toole, Saoirse McGrath and Keeley Lenihan put Newport back into the lead as Cahir started to struggle to win the breaks. Added pressure from the Newport attack resulted in two second half penalties. The first was saved but the follow up eventually resulted in an Amy Quigley goal while Grace O’Toole pointed the second penalty. Roisin Howard along with Sarah Finnane and Kate Lonergan continued to work hard but could only manage two second half frees resulting in a narrow one-point defeat after an enthralling contest.
Newly promoted Boherlahan-Dualla claimed their first win in the intermediate grade with a comfortable win over a depleted Toomevara in Boherlahan on Saturday.
The game got off to a quick start with both teams getting a goal inside the first few minutes. Boherlahan showed some great camogie displays in the first half with all six forwards getting on the scoresheet. Katie Ryan was lethal in front of goal for Toomevara and took her three goals very well. County player Mags Quigley was a shining light in the Toomevara defence. Jill Anne Quirke and Mary Flaherty were others who impressed for Toome.
Shannon Rovers 0-9
Borris-Ileigh and Shannon Rovers met in Borrisoleigh on Saturday, and this was a cracking game with huge intensity throughout.
After ten minutes the score was level at two points each, Aoife Fitzgerald with the Borris-Ileigh points from play. In the twelfth minute, Ava Bevans struck a superb goal while three pointed frees by Emma Maher gave Borris-Ileigh a 1-5 to 0-4 lead at half time.
Both sides traded pointed frees in the 34th & 36th minutes before Shannon Rovers hit four unanswered points to level the game in the 55th minute. Jane Delaney was outstanding in defence for the home side while up front a pointed free by Emma Maher after Dani Ryan was fouled gave Borris the win. However, it was a very good team performance by Shannon Rovers, and they fought right to the end with chances to snatch victory. Their scores came from Aoife McLoughney, Celine Guinan, Laura Leenane and Emma Darcy.