Camogie Championship Round-up
Borris-Ileigh 0-9 Clonoulty/Rossmore 4-13
Three goals without reply between 20th & 28th minutes were the key for Clonoulty/Rossmore who handed Borris-Ileigh their first loss in Borrisoleigh on Sunday.
The home-side were without the injured Nicole Walsh and Katie Fitzgerald while Clonoulty/Rossmore lined out without the services of Cait Devane. She wasn’t missed as Eimear Bourke was their outstanding player scoring 3-3 from play while Courtney Ryan finished with 1-4 from centre forward. For Borris-Ileigh, 16-year-old Therese Groome made her senior debut at corner forward and finished with a point from play.
Knockavilla Kickhams 1-10 Eire Og Annacarty 0-11
A quickly taken free by Ereena Fryday found the back of the net and helped Knockavilla Kickhams to an impressive victory over neighbours Eire Og Annacarty in Dundrum on Thursday.
Cashel King Cormacs 1-12 Knockavilla Kickhams 0-15
With only a three day turnaround, Knockavilla then met Cashel King Cormacs in their rearranged clash in Cashel on Sunday evening for a crunch tie in the race for a quarter final spot. The home side started brightest and led 1-3 to no score after just five minutes with Ciara Dwan getting the goal. Kickhams soon settled but at half time Cashel looked to be in control with a six point lead, 1-8 to 0-5.
A hugely determined Knockavilla side emerged in the second half and with Eimear Heffernan giving an exhibition of free taking (12 points in total) they continued to chip away on Cashel’s lead. Nicole Shelly was very good for Cashel curbing the influence of Ereena Fryday. Others however really stood up for Kickhams with the likes of Millie Kelly finishing with two points from play while Caoimhe McCarthy was also excellent. In the end it finished all square.
The Boherlahan-Dualla v Newport/Ballinahinch game was postponed on Sunday while Shannon Rovers recorded a huge victory over a depleted Kilruane MacDonaghs side in the afternoon to leave Shannon Rovers with three wins from three and sitting on top of the table at present.
In the only other game Championship, Toomevara started more brightly then Moneygall and went 0-6 to 0-2 up. However, Rachel Donovan scored an important goal for Moneygall on the stroke of half time to leave just one between the sides. Moneygall’s ability to score more goals proved crucial and they added two more in the second half from Niamh Larkin to secure a narrow two point win, 3-4 to 0-11.
Brian Borus continued their winning ways in group 1 of the Junior ‘A’ championship with a 3-15 to 2-5 win over Templemore. Last year’s beaten finalists are currently sitting on top of the group 1 table with three wins from three with one game remaining against Lorrha this Saturday.
Lorrha were in flying form away to Drom & Inch on Saturday with Clodagh McIntyre rampant in midfield and contributed one of the four goals along with Elaine Hogan and Celine Cleary for a 4-16 to 1-9 victory.
In group 2, two goals separated St Rita’s Fethard and Ballina with Fethard coming out on top 2-10 to 0-10 against a Ballina side who have lost all their three games in a very tough group which includes Holycross/Ballycahill and Moycarkey/Borris.
Group 1 saw wins for St Cronan’s Roscrea and Carrick Swan. St Cronan’s recorded their second win of the championship with an impressive team performance over Ballingarry that yielded five goals. Final score: St Cronan’s Roscrea 5-16 Ballingarry 1-7. Carrick Swan were narrow two point winners over Clonoulty/Rossmore, 3-7 to 2-8. In group 2, Moyle Rovers had a successful trip up to Dolla coming away with a 2-13 to 2-3 win.
There was one game in the Junior B2 championship with Eire Og Annacarty proving too strong for Borris-Ileigh winning 3-18 to 2-6. This concludes the group stages of the competition where table-toppers Holycross/Ballycahill and Annacarty have progressed straight to a semi-final. The quarter final pairings are Toomevara v Borris-Ileigh and Shannon Rovers v Burgess/Duharra.
Ballybacon/Grange had a great win over Rockwell Rovers on Saturday in New Inn to book their place in the final. The league champions showed great team work throughout to secure a 3-16 to 1-6 win in the blistering evening heat.
Rockwell Rovers will now take on Slieve Felim Rapparees this Saturday in the semi-final to see who will meet Ballybacon/Grange in the final the following weekend.