Narrow win secures semi-final slot for Limerick

posted 23 Mar 2017, 11:31 by Kevin Holmes

Limerick 1-13(0-8)  Clare 1-12(1-3)

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues
Division 1, Group 2, Round 4

Sunday 19th March
in Clonlara, Co. Clare

Referee: Liz Dempsey (Kilkenny)

Limerick secured their third successive Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1 semi-final place with a hard fought 1-13 to 1-12 win over Clare in Clonlara on Sunday. In a closely fought game Limerick never led by more than three points and in the end were hanging on to prevail by the narrowest margin.

Clare opened the scoring from a Chloe Morey free but this was cancelled out by one from Limerick captain Niamh Mulcahy. Limerick had the best of the early possession and points from Rebecca Delee and Laura Stack opened an early lead for Limerick which was then pegged back by Chloe Morey again from placed ball.

On the quarter hour mark a dynamic passing move from Clare involving the excellent Niamh O'Dea, who was a threat throughout, found Regan Conway in space in front of goal. She found the back of the net with a strong strike giving Limerick keeper Claire Keating no chance to give Clare a two point lead.

Limerick responded well and two points from Mairead Fitzgerald in the next five minutes wiped out Clare's lead. Limerick took the lead on 23 minutes when Caoimhe Costelloe, who was impressive in the middle of the field, put a long range shot straight over the bar.

Limerick were on top in this period and two frees converted by Niamh Mulcahy stretched the lead to three, however a late point from Roisin McMahon for Clare cut Limerick's lead at the break to two points. Limerick 0-8(8)  Clare 1-3(6)

After the break Limerick opened the scoring when Niamh Mulcahy pointed from a free. However it was Clare who started brighter after the break and two frees from Chloe Morey and two points from play from the dynamic Niamh O'Dea put Clare back in front. 

Limerick levelled when Niamh Mulcahy pointed from a penalty awarded after Laura Stack was pulled down in the area. It was tit for tat for the next period as neither side were able to pull away. Mairead Fitzgerald added a third point to her tally for the day and, following a point from Andrea O'Keefe for Clare, Niamh Mulcahy levelled again for Limerick to leave the score 0-12 to 1-9.

It looked like Limerick had scored the decisive goal when Rebecca Delee burst through the Clare defence and, though losing her feet, she stretched to kick the ball into the back of the net.

Clare were reduced to 14 players shortly after when Roisin McMahon was sent off for a second yellow card but, as seems to often happen, this galvanised the Clare players and Chloe Morey scored three points in the final five minutes to one for Limerick to narrow their lead to a solitary point.

Clare had two chances to level the game in the final stages but Chloe Morey, who had been accurate to that point from placed balls, put both wide of the posts. Limerick held on to secure their place in the semi-finals by 1-13 to 1-12.

Limerick were ultimately left to rue some wasted chances in front of goal and some indiscipline in conceeding unneccessary frees. John Tuohy and management will, however, take heart from the increasing number of players stepping up to share the scoring duties with Niamh Mulcahy, including Mairead Fitzgerald with 0-3 and Rebecca Delee 1-1. Also there were impressive performances from some of the younger players notably Marian Quaid at corner back and minor Laura Stack at corner forward.

A tougher challenge awaits as they face Galway in a top of the table clash in the final round on 1st April. This will determine their semi-final opponents as will the games on the other side of the draw as, though Cork and Kilkenny are in poll position to qualify, Wexford and Tipperary still have a chance of progressing.

Niamh Mulcahy 0-7 (7 frees), Rebecca Delee 1-1, Mairead Fitzgerald 0-3, Laura Stack 0-1, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1
Chloe Morey 0-8 (6 frees), Regan Conway 1-0, Niamh O'Dea 0-2, Roisin McMahon 0-1, Andrea O'Keeffe 0-1

Limerick Team: Claire Keating (Cappamore), Marian Quaid (Bruff), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Mairead Ryan (Clooney Quin), Niamh Richardson (Murroe Boher), Sarah Carey (Granagh Ballingarry), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane), Karen O'Leary (Newcastle West), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Niamh Mulcahy - capt. (Ahane), Laura Stack (Milford), Sarah Collins (Crecora), Mairead Fitzgerald (Granagh Ballingarry)

Subs: Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen) for Sarah Collins, Chloe O'Brien (Ballyagran) for Laura Stack, Sinead McNamara (Na Piarsaigh) for Niamh Richardson, Dearbhla Egan (Crecora) for Mairead Fitzgerald

Limerick Camogie Notes 20/02/17

posted 21 Feb 2017, 09:42 by Kevin Holmes   [ updated 21 Feb 2017, 09:42 ]

Limerick 0-18 (0-10) Meath 0-7 (0-3)

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1 Round 1

Saturday 18th February

Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale

Referee - Fintan McNamara (Clare)

Limerick got off to a winning start in their opening Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1 tie against newly promoted Meath in Rathkeale on Saturday. Limerick ran out deserving 0-18 to 0-7 winners but a lively Meath side asked questions of their more experienced opponents and were made to rue some inaccuracy in front of goal.

Meath’s Jane Dolan almost opened the Royal’s account in the first minute when she struck quickly from a free while the Limerick defence were organising themselves drawing a fine save from Claire Keating.

Limerick began to dominate and had opened a five-point lead before Meath opened their account around the mid-point of the half. Corner forwards Caoimhe Lyons and Orla Curtin caused Meath no end of trouble and had each contributed 2 points by the break as Limerick went in comfortably on top 0-10 to 0-3.

Limerick who had looked uneasy in some of the early exchanges were more settled after the break and though Meath closed the gap slightly Limerick never looked like losing. Indeed, they could have widened the gap had they converted one of their goal chances the closest being when captain Niamh Mulcahy found herself one on one with keeper then striking high and hitting the crossbar.

Limerick’s defence were impressive with the returning Sarah Carey and Mairéad Ryan adding to a strong defensive set-up. Sarah Carey was impressive throughout and alongside Karen O’Leary was one of Limerick’s best performers. Another positive was that four of the starting forwards and both midfielders got on the scoreboard showing an increased scoring threat to go alongside the ever-excellent Niamh Mulcahy. As the half progressed the management introduced some changes as they explored their options as there is increasing competition for places within the squad.

A solid win for the opening round but with tougher challenges ahead John Tuohy and his team will have plenty to work on ahead of the visit of Offaly on 12th March.

Scorers: Limerick: Niamh Mulcahy 0-10 (8f), Caoimhe Lyons 0-3, Orla Curtin 0-2, Sinéad McNamara, Rebecca Delee, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1 each

Meath: Aoife Minogue 0-3, Jane Dolan 0-2 (1f), Amy Gaffney, Sinéad Hackett 0-1 each

Limerick: Claire Keating (Cappamore), Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Mairéad Ryan (Clooney Quin), Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West),

Sarah Carey (Granagh Ballingarry), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Aisling Scanlon (Killeedy), Sinéad McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), Niamh Mulcahy - capt. (Ahane), Orla Curtin (Ahane), Sarah Collins (Crecora), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen)

Subs: 40mins Niamh Richardson (Murroe Boher) for Karen O'Leary

41 mins Clíona Lane (Adare) for Aisling Scanlon

58 mins Chloe O’Brien (Ballyagran) for Sarah Collins

59 mins Marian Quaid (Bruff) for Muireann Creamer

59 mins Mairéad Fitzgerald (Granagh Ballingarry) for Orla Curtin

Limerick 1-13 Kilkenny 3-12

Minor A Championship

Sunday 19th February

Piltown, Co. Kilkenny

Limerick Minors fell short in their first outing in the 2017 away to Kilkenny. The Noresiders prevailed by 3-12 to 1-13 in a tightly contested physical encounter in Piltown.

Playing with a strong wind Kilkenny had the best of the opening half and opened a early lead with two goals in the first half. The first one was scored by Ruth Kent after 10 mins and the second scored by Eimear Farrell after 26 mins. Though Limerick will be disappointed with the defensive errors that lead to the scores.

But Limerick pulled themselves back into the game on 29 minutes when Anna-Rose Kennedy got on the end of a nice passing move. This left the score at the break Kilkenny 2-8 Limerick 1-3

Limerick took the game to Kilkenny from the start of the second half and an increased work-rate was discernable. Laura Stack forced the Kilkenny keeper to make a great save after 5 minutes.

Limerick were the better team in the second half and scored some excellent points from play and their pressure lead to frees which were converted by Dearbhla Egan. But unfortunately, they had left themselves too much to do and Kilkenny ran out winners by 3-12 to 1-13.

Limerick will take a lot away from what was a tricky opener and will regroup for the visit of Clare, who defeated Galway in their opening match, on next Saturday 25th of February.

Limerick scorers

Dearbhla Egan 0-9 (8 frees), Anna-Rose Kennedy 1-0, Laura Stack 0-2, Aoife Curtin 0-1, Áine Reynolds 0-1


Leah O'Carroll (Patrickswell), Orla Ryan (Crecora), Caoimhe O'Brien (Bruff), Áine Tangney (Croagh Kilfinny), Edel Cunningham (Murroe Boher), Sophie O'Callaghan (Adare), Katie Hayes (Cappamore), Ciara Barry (Patrickswell), Dearbhla Egan -capt.

(Crecora), Róisín Ambrose (Newcastle West), Laura Stack (Milford), Lisa Leonard (Cappamore), Aoife Curtin (Ballyagran), Áine Reynolds (Ahane), Anna-Rose Kennedy (Galbally)


Katie Heelan (Murroe Boher) for Lisa Leonard

Nóirín Lenihan (Croagh Kilfinny) for Ciara Barry

Lucy Breen (Crecora) for Aoife Curtin

League Fixtures confirmed

The draw for the 2017 League competitions sees 25 teams representing 21 clubs compete in what is the largest number of teams that have ever contested adult competitions in Limerick.

The first round takes place on 5th March working up to the finals across all four grades on 5th/6th May.


Group 1: Killeedy, Cappamore, Newcastle West, Ballyagran

Group 2: Ahane, Granagh Ballingarry, Murroe Boher, Bruff


Group 1: Newcastle West, Crecora, Na Piarsaigh, Tournafulla

Group 2: Ballybrown, Adare, Killeedy, Croagh Kilfinny

Junior A

Galbally, Kilmallock, Monaleen, Patrickswell

Junior B

Ahane, Treaty Gaels, Granagh Ballingarry, Templeglantine, Knockaderry

Championship Update

posted 19 Sep 2016, 09:25 by Kevin Holmes   [ updated 20 Sep 2016, 03:32 ]

We are approaching the latter stages of the Limerick Camogie Championship with the final rounds of the Senior and Junior grades and the Intermediate semi-finals completed last weekend.

In the Senior Championship Newcastle West recorded an impressive 3-8 to 0-7 win over champions Granagh Ballingarry. Killeedy and Ahane both also won against bottom clubs Cluain Dearg and Ballyagran who will now meet each other in a relegation decider.

The semi-finals take place next Saturday at 4pm and will see Killeedy face Granagh Ballingarry and Newcastle West play Ahane.

In the Intermediate semi-finals Cappamore overcame Bruff and 2015 runners-up Crecora saw off the champions Murroe Boher to set up a final meeting also on Sunday 25th. The same day will see the relegation decider between Na Piarsaigh and Ballybrown.

In the Junior Championship Shannonside and Newcastle West topped their respective groups unbeaten to go straight to the semi-finals where their opponents will come from quarter-finalists; Galbally who host Patrickswell on Sunday and Tournafulla who play Killeedy.

The Junior Plate semi-final will see Templeglantine play Knockaderry with the winners meeting Granagh Ballingarry in the final.

Senior Championship Round 5
Newcastle West 3-8 Granagh Ballingarry 0-7
Killeedy 5-9 Ballyagran 1-8
Ahane 5-22 Cluain Dearg 2-8

Intermediate Championship Semi-Finals
Cappamore 4-9 Bruff 0-3
Crecora 4-7 Murroe Boher 1-3

Junior Championship Round 5
** Group 1 **
Newcastle West 3-9 Killeedy 0-4
Galbally 6-5 Granagh Ballingarry 1-1
** Group 2 **
Shannonside 7-8 Templeglantine 5-3

Match Reports 19/7

posted 19 Sep 2016, 09:21 by Kevin Holmes   [ updated 19 Sep 2016, 09:26 ]

Limerick 1-9 (1-5) Cork 3-17 (0-11) 

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 
Saturday 16th July 
2.30pm in Cork Institute of Technology 

Limerick's 2016 campaign came to a disappointing end with a 3-17 to 1-9 defeat away to Cork in the final round of the group stages. The result means Cork secure the semi-final slot from Group 1 joining group 2 winners Galway while Wexford and Offaly progress to meet Kilkenny and Tipperary in the quarter-finals. 
Limerick went into the game knowing they had a mountain to climb to secure qualification. But a pair of wins over Cork in the league and a narrow loss in the Munster final meant they would have confidence in their ability to get the required result. 

Limerick got the dream start in the second minute when Caoimhe Lyons shot was blocked down by the Cork defence only to be gathered by Chloe O'Brien who found the back of the net from a very tight angle. But Cork responded strongly and had levelled the score by the ten minute mark. In truth the Cork forwards were causing Limerick all sorts of problems and it was only some excellent defending that contained the scoreline. The battle between Niamh Richardson and Katrina Mackey was particularly notable. 

Cork captain Aishling Thompson popped up with a couple of notable scores to extend their lead. Niamh Mulcahy kept Limerick in touch from placed ball but in a repeat of last week was kept scoreless from play with two Cork defenders shadowing her movements. Karen O'Leary who has been tireless in the Limerick midfield all season also popped up with a deserved score. 

Limerick would have been happy with the halftime scoreline and were only two points behind Cork twelve minutes into the second half thanks to scores from Mulcahy and Caoimhe Costelloe when Amy O'Connor struck for Corks' first goal. Cork then moved into top gear as four unanswered points were followed by a second goal from Amy O'Connor and finally with ten minutes to go an Orla Cotter free dropped under the bar to give Cork an unassailable 15 point lead. 

Niamh Mulcahy added two points from placed balls and Eimear O'Sullivan pointed for Cork to see them run out deserving winners by 3-17 to 1-9. It was a disappointing end to the season for Limerick but when the dust has settled many positives can be taken from a year that saw them reach the semi-final of the league, lose a Munster final by one score and have a very competitive if ultimately disappointing championship campaign. And this was achieved while missing senior players and continuing to integrate the talent that is coming through the underage structures. Continued belief and hard work at all levels will no doubt bring the success that this talented panel deserve. 

Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 0-7 (7 frees), Chloe O'Brien 1-0, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1, Karen O'Leary 0-1 
Cork Scorers: Amy O'Connor 2-2, Katrina Mcakey 0-4, Aishling Thompson 0-4, Orla Cotter 1-3 (1-1 frees),  Breige Corkery 0-2, Hannah Looney 0-1, Eimear O'Sullivan 0-1 
Limerick: Claire Keating (Cappamore); Marguerita McCarthy (Ahane), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane); Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Fiona Hickey (Granagh/Ballingarry), Niamh Richardson (Murroe Boher), Siobhan Enright (Granagh Ballingarry), Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Sinead McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), Chloe O’Brien (Ballyagran).  
Subs: Niamh Ryan (Bruff) for Siobhán Enright, Clíona Lane (Adare) for Chloe O'Brien, Marian Quaid (Bruff) for Marguerita McCarthy, Noreen Barry (Killeedy) for Sinéad McNamara, Mary O'Callaghan (Bruff) for Caoimhe Lyons 

Limerick 3-10(3-3)  Armagh  4-16(2-7) 

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship 
Sunday 17th July 
2.30pm in Kilmallock 

Limerick’s Premier Junior side came out second best in a high scoring encounter with Armagh in Kilmallock on Sunday. A strong second half performance saw the Orchard County prevail by 4-16 to 3-10. The result all but rules Ger Hickey’s side out of the semi-final qualification stakes with two games to go. 

Limerick started well responding to an opening Armagh score with two points from Dearbhla Egan followed by a well taken goal from Lisa Leonard to go four points clear inside the opening ten minutes. But Armagh went on a scoring spree of their own scoring 1-4 to regain the lead. Dearbhla Egan got Limerick’s second goal to level the scores and followed up with a well taken point from play to put Limerick ahead. 

Armagh again responded two points followed by their second goal just before the break put them four ahead again. But Dearbhla Egan found the net again just before the half-time whistle to send Limerick in at the break just one point behind. 

After the break Limerick were playing into a stiff breeze and though points from Dearbhla Egan, Leah Riordan, Lisa Leonard and substitute Lizzy O’Dwyer kept Limerick in touch, Armagh’s greater attacking options saw them extend their lead through out the half. Starting with a goal immediately after the break and finishing with a fourth goal with two minutes to go Armagh’s win saw them go unbeaten to the top of the table. 

Limerick’s young side can take a lot of positives from the game as they posted a strong score of 3-10 and can build on the performance going into their final games against Westmeath and Kerry. 
Limerick SCORERS  
Dearbhla Egan  2-4 (0-1 free), Lisa Leonard 1-1, Leah Riordan 0-4 (0-4 frees),  Lizzy O'Dwyer 0-1 
Armagh  SCORERS 
Ciara Donnelly 0-6 (0-2 frees), Rachel Merry 0-5, Leanne Donnelly 1-2,  Ciara Hill 1-1, Colette McSorley 1-0, Andrea McAlinden 1-0, Cealla Casey 0-1, Bernie Murray 0-1 
Limerick Team: 
Laura O’Neill (Na Piarsaigh), Sarah Crotty (Ahane), Caitríona Neville (Croagh Kilfinny), Aoife Coughlan (Crecora), Shannyn Sheehan (Templeglantine), Tara Fitzgibbon (Ballyagran), Gráinne Regan (Murroe Boher), Úna O’Connor (Crecora), Sinéad Madden (Mungret St Pauls), Lisa Leonard (Cappamore), Laura Stack (Milford), Leah Riordan (Ballyagran), Anna Kennedy (Crecora), Dearbhla Egan (Crecora), Róisín O’Mara (Ahane) 
Siobhán Tangney (Croagh Kilfinny) for Sarah Crotty   
Sarah Finn (Bruff) for Shannyn Sheehan 
Lizzy O'Dwyer (Cappamore) for Róisín O'Mara   

Match Reports 12/7

posted 19 Sep 2016, 09:15 by Kevin Holmes   [ updated 19 Sep 2016, 09:17 ]

Limerick 1-10 (0-5) Offaly 1-16 (0-9) 

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 
Saturday 9th July 
2.30pm in John Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock 

Limerick fell short against Offaly in Kilmallock on Saturday, losing out by 1-16 to 1-10 to an Offaly side that were just that bit sharper in taking their scores on the day. Limerick opened the scoring with a well taken point from Caoimhe Costelloe but that was to be the only time they lead in the match as Offaly repsonded with three points in 10 minutes to open an early lead. 

Limerick responded well and had levelled by the quarter hour mark with Nimah Ryan pointing from play and Niamh Mulcahy converting two frees. Niamh who was carrying a slight injury into the game was kept scoreless from play in the game with Offaly double marking her for much of the game. Offaly finished the half stronger and scored five points to a single point from Chloe O'Brien to go in at the break four points ahead. 

With the advantage of the breeze in the second half Limerick began to get back on the scoresheet with Niamh Ryan, Caoimhe Costelloe and Sinéad McNamara all contributing to the scoring. The turning point of the game came on the 18th minute when Limerick won a penalty after Caoimhe Costelloe was fouled in the area. This gave Niamh Mulcahy an opportunity to bring Limerick level but her shot was saved by Eleanor Clendennen in the Offaly goal. Offaly repsonded with a point from Tina Hannon to extend their lead to four. 
That became seven with five minutes to go when Tina Hannon rounded the Limerick keeper to score the games first goal. This seemed to deflate Limerick and Offaly added two points in the immediate aftermath to put an unsurmountable nine points between the sides. 

Limerick kept pressing and got a goal back when substitute Caoimhe Lyon's shot was saved and another substitute Rebecca Noonan was on hand to strike for the back of the net. But it was too late and Offaly finished deserving winners by 1-16 to 1-10. 

Limerick still have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages, however they will not only need to beat Cork next week but also for either Wexford or Offaly to slip up in their final game and then scoring difference would come into play. 

Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 0-5 (5 frees), Rebecca Noonan 1-0, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-2, Sinead McNamara 0-1, Niamh Ryan 0-1, Chloe O'Brien 0-1 
Offaly Scorers: Michael Morkan 0-8 (7 frees), Tina Hannon 1-3, 0-4 Arlen Watkins 0-4, Siobhan Flannery 0-1 (1 free) 
Limerick: Claire Keating (Cappamore); Marguerita McCarthy (Ahane), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane); Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Fiona Hickey (Granagh/Ballingarry), Niamh Richardson (Murroe Boher), Siobhan Enright (Granagh Ballingarry), Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane) (1-10), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare) (0-01); Sinead McNamara (Na Piarsaigh) (0-02), Niamh Ryan (Bruff), Chloe O’Brien (Ballyagran).  
Subs: Rebecca Noonan (Granagh Ballingarry) for Chloe O'Brien, Clíona Lane (Adare) for Sinéad McNamara, Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen) for Niamh Ryan 

Limerick 0-5 (0-4) Roscommon 1-10 (1-6) 

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship 
Sunday 10th July 
2.30pm in Athleague, Co. Roscommon 

Limerick's Premier Junior team had an unsuccessful outing to Roscommon as they fell short by 1-10 to 0-5 points against a strong home side. Roscommon are the front runners in this competition and currently sit on top of the table. Limerick have however been on the road for the first three matches and with one win out of three going into their three home games qualifications for the semi-finals is very much within the grasp of this young side. 

Limerick Scorers: U.O'Connor 0-01, R.O'Mara 0-01, S.Tangney 0-01, D.Egan 0-02 
Roscommon Scorers: A.McGeeney 0-03, K.Hopkins 0-03, R.Fitzmaurice 0-01, N.Farrell 1-03 

Limerick Team: Laura O'Neill (Na Piarsaigh), Sarah Crotty (Ahane), Caitriona Neville (Croagh Kilfinny), Sinead Madden (Mungret St Pauls), Shannyn Sheehan (Templeglantine), Lisa Barrett (Crecora), Aoife Coughlan (Crecora), Michelle Barrett (Crecora), Laura Stack (Milford), Lisa Leonard (Cappamore), Una O'Connor (Crecora), Roisin O'Mara (Ahane), Lizzy O'Dwyer (Cappamore), Dearbhla Egan (Crecora), Grainne Regan (Murroe Boher) 

Limerick win in Dublin U14 Blitz 

After a bad weekend for Limerick teams the one highlight was the victory of our U14 B team in the Dublin Blitz as they came away with the C Shield. The U14 A team also performed well and narrowly missed out on a place in the A Cup semi-finals. 

Limerick U14 Development Squad:  
Louise Butler, Maryann Canty, Annie Giltenane (Adare), Cliodhna Twomey, Caoimhe Hackett (Ahane), Megan O'Brien (Ballyagran), Cliodhna Hall, Aoife ) O'Connor (Ballybrown), Clodagh Doherty, Natalie Doherty, Roisin O'Riordan (Blackrock Effin), Mollie McKeogh (Bruff), Emily Hayes (Cappamore), Teresa Dore (Charleville), Ashling Walsh, Emily Condon, Megan Ryan, Isabelle Lyons, Ciara Mulqueen, Aishling Mangan (Crecora), Tara Lenihan, Emma Dalton (Croagh Kilfinny), Fiona Bradshaw (Doon), Katie O'Donoghue, Emma English, Caitlin Kennedy (Galbally), Ciara  English, Molly Cagney (Granagh Ballingarry), Holly Hennessy, Shauna Cunningham, Valerie Shanahan (Killeedy), Lucy Chawke (Kilmallock), Sarah Condon (Knockaderry), Ella Hession, Aoife Nelligan, Lucy Darcy (Monaleen), Niamh Browne, Sarah Fitzgibbon, Ailbhe Larkin, Fiona Meehan, Aoife Morrissey (Mungret St. Paul's), Laurie Quaid, Aoibhe Butler, Jayne Ryan (Murroe Boher), Enya Harrington (Na Piarsaigh), Iris Kennelly, Roisin Mann (Newcastle West), Stephanie Woulfe, Sarah O'Brien (Templeglantine) 

Limerick remain on track with Clare win - Match report

posted 6 Jul 2016, 05:32 by Kevin Holmes

Limerick 1-13 (1-10) Clare 0-9 (0-4)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
Saturday 2nd July in Cusack Park, Ennis

Limerick kept on track for qualification for the knock-out stages of the All-Ireland champiosnhip with an emphatic 1-13 to 0-9 win over Clare in Ennis on Saturday. Niamh Mulcahy was again the star scoring 1-10 to bring her total from three championship games to an impressive 2-37.

It was Niamh Mulcahy who opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a trademark free. Limerick were dominant throughout the opening half and made full advantage of the breeze to open a 0-8 to 0-2 lead after 20 minutes with Sinead McNamara and Caoimhe Costelloe joining Niamh Mulcahy in the scoring. Niamh Mulcahy added a goal and a point to open what proved to be an unassailable lead before the break and though Clare came back with a late brace of points Limerick lead at the interval by 1-10 to 0-4.

Though Clare did rally somewhat after the break the second half was a tame affair. Clare were able to restrict Limerick to three points one for Sinead McNamara and two for Niamh Mulcahy but their challenge never really materialsied as Limerick’s defense held firm restricting the bannerwomen to 5 points which was never going to be enough to close the gap. Clare did have a penalty with 5 minutes to go but the shot was well saved on the line by Claire Keating.

The defeat has effectively knocked Clare out of contention in Group 1 and and it looks like the three knock-out stage places are between Cork, Wexford, Limerick and Offaly. With Cork travelling to Wexford and Limerick entertaining Offaly, in Kilmallock, in the penultimate round next Saturday, a lot is to play for in these games.

Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 1-10, Sinead McNamara 0-2, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1
Clare Scorers: O. Duggan 0-1, M. Caulfield 0-1, A.Keane 0-3, A.O’Loughlin 0-1, L.Foley 0-1, R.McMahon 0-1 and D.Murphy 0-1.

Limerick: Claire Keating (Cappamore); Siobhan Enright (Granagh/Ballingarry), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane); Niamh Richardson (Murroe/Boher), Fiona Hickey (Granagh/Ballingarry), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West); Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West), Mary O’Callaghan (Bruff); Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane) (1-10), Caoimhe Costelloe (Shinrone) (0-01); Sinead McNamara (Na Piarsaigh) (0-02), Cliona Lane (Adare) and Chloe O’Brien (Ballyagran).

Subs: Niamh Ryan (Bruff) for Deborah Murphy, Rebecca Noonan (Granagh/Ballingarry) for Cliona Lane and Marguerite McCarthy (Ahane) for Mary O’Callaghan.

Juniors bounce back with Dublin win - Weekend Match Reports

posted 6 Jul 2016, 05:17 by Kevin Holmes

Limerick 3-8 (1-9) Dublin 1-12 (0-4)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship
Sunday 3rd July in Parnells GAA, Coolock

Limerick got back to winning ways with a hard fought 3-8 to 1-12 win over Dublin in the Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Camogie Championship at Parnells GAA Club in Coolock on Sunday. Crecora’s minor star Dearbhla Egan scored a hat-trick of goals on her way to an impressive personal tally of 3-5 across the sixty minutes.

Dublin took first blood on 2mins with a point from play from Aoife Walsh, one minute later Dearbhla Egan equalised for Limerick from a free. In a tough battle both teams traded punches and with 24mins gone in the first half the teams were level on 0-4 points each as Limerick’s Roisin O’Mara, Lisa Leonard and Dearbhla Egan again got on the scoreboard.

With 25mins gone Limerick struck their first big blow with a well taken goal after great work by Captain Una O’Connor and Laura Stack in the build-up. Both teams traded scores and went in at half time with Limerick leading 1-6 to Dublin’s 0-6.

The second half started in blistering fashion and Dublin had a point on the board within a minute but two minutes later Egan settled Limerick with a great run through the Dublin defence to bag her second goal, Limerick now led by 5 points. This sparked the Dublin team into action as they took a foothold in the game and scored 1-04 without reply, Dublin now led by two points with 15mins remaining.

With 20mins gone Limerick pegged back the deficit to one point but one minute later the decisive score arrived, when Egan pounced for her third goal of the day, Limerick now led by two points with 9mins left. The score of the game came on the 29th minute when Egan put through Laura Stack for an excellent point this was the score that would seal it for the Treaty girls.

Dublin tried their very best to get through the Limerick defence but could not break down the heroic efforts of the Limerick girls, they showed pride, passion and the willingness to put their body on the line to defend their precious lead and when the final whistle sounded after the 7mins of injury time there was great celebrations.

Ger Hickey’s Limerick side now move on with confidence to their next battle on Sunday versus last year’s beaten All Ireland finalists Roscommon.

Limerick Scorers: D. Egan 3-05, R.O’Mara 0-01, L.Leonard 0-01 and L.Stack 0-01.
Dublin Scorers: F.McCarthy 1-05, K.Farrell 0-04, E.Gallery 0-02 and A.Walsh 0-01

Limerick Team: Laura O’Neill, Sarah Crotty, Caitríona Neville, Sinead Madden, Shannyn Sheehan, Tara Fitzgibbon, Aoife Coughlan, Laura Stack, Lisa Barrett, Lisa Leonard, Úna O’Connor, Roisin O’Mara, Lizzy O’Dwyer, Dearbhla Egan, Grainne Regan, Aoife Barry, Mairéad Clancy, Caoimhe O’Brien, Sophie O’Callaghan, Sarah Finn, Saoirse Barry, Anna Kennedy, Siobhán Tangney, Marie Danaher, Leanne Browne and Michelle Barrett.

Limerick 1-5 (0-2) Dublin 4-10 (4-4)

All-Ireland U16A Camogie Championship:  
Sunday 3rd July in Claughaun

Limerick made a disappointing start to their U16A championship campaign against Dublin in Claughaun falling to a 4-10 to 1-5 defeat. Limerick were very slow to get going and Dublin opened up a strong lead early on ultimately leading by 4-4 to 0-2 at half time.

The management made some changes at half time and came out stronger matching Dublin in this half. Geri Mai O’Kelly added a third free to her first half brace and substitute Aine Doyle of Monaleen scored a badly needed goal. Sophie Carroll and Shauna Foley got Limerick’s other scores but the damage had been done in opening half.

Limerick have a bye in the next round and management and team will take the two weeks to work on thr positives from the second half performance before travelling to Kilkenny for the next round on 17th July.

Limerick scorers: Aine Doyle 1-0, Geri-Mai O’Kelly 0-3 (3 frees), Sophie Carroll 0-1 and Shauna Foley 0-1.

Limerick Panel: Claire Mc Namara (Doon), Larissa Mc Carthy (Tournafulla), Katie Hayes (capt) (Cappamore), Eva Butler (Bruff), Ellen Murphy (Granagh Ballingarry), Noirin Lenihan (Croagh Kilfinny), Aisling Herbert (Ahane), Shauna Foley (Kilmallock), Roisín Ambrose (Newcastle West), Katie Heelan (Murroe Boher), Edel Cunningham (Murroe Boher), Geri Mai O’Kelly (Newcastle West), Karen Cunningham (Murroe Boher), Anna Rose Kennedy (Galbally), Aoife Curtin (Templeglantine), Leah O’Riordan (Patrickswell), Rachel Murray (vice capt) (Na Piarsaigh), Aine Doyle (Monaleen), Ciara O’Brien (Patrickswell), Katelyn Hayes (Newcastle West), Orla Lenihan (Granagh Ballingarry), Aisling Kennedy (Monaleen), Aisling McEnery (Newcastle West), Kate Ambrose (Newcastle West), Sophie Carroll (Crecora), Joanne Foley (Croagh Kilfinny) and Ciara Barry (Patrickswell).

Seniors return to winning ways against Waterford

posted 5 Jul 2016, 04:13 by Kevin Holmes

Limerick 2-14 (2-4) Waterford 1-8 (1-6) 

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 
Saturday 25th June 
2.30pm in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock 

Limerick got their championship campaign back on track with an impressive 2-14 to 1-8 win over Waterford in Kilmallock on Saturday. This was the third meeting between the sides this year and with Limerick having the better of both the previous encounters it was inevitable that Waterford would be looking for a better performance in this match. 

Indeed it was the Déise that had the better of the opening half with a physical performance taking advantage of a Limerick side that started slowly showing evidence of a hangover from the loss to Wexford the previous week. Beth Carton was causing problems on the left and with Patricia Jackman punishing any indiscretions from placed ball had opened a 0-5 to 0-3 lead in the first 20 mins. 

Limerick's scores came from a pair of Niamh Mulcahy frees with Caoimhe Costelloe's well taken point being Limerick's only score from play in the opening period. When Beth Carton hit the back of the net, followed by another Patricia Jackman free Waterford looked like they were going to take a solid six point lead into the break. 

But Limerick were to rally and with Caoimhe Costelloe causing problems for the Waterford defence her clubmate Clíona Lane was on hand to convert onvert a brace of goals just before the half-time whistle to send Limerick in one point ahead 2-4 to 1-6. 

This was to prove significant and with the stiff breeze now at Limerick's back their defence began to dominate and Waterford were to be restricted to two second half scores. With Karen O'Leary and Siobhán Enright controlling the middle of the park space began to be created for Niamh Mulcahy who proceeded to give a master class on forward play scoring all 10 of her sides second half scores, four from play including a staggering point from a very acute angle. 

Appropriately it was a Niamh Mulcahy free that was the final action of the half leaving the final score Limerick  2-14 Waterford 1-8. It was an impressive performance from Limerick bouncing back from the disappointment of their first round defeat.
Limerick are away to Clare in their next match. They haven't met Clare since 2014 when they met twice in the League losing both matches and Clare are coming off the back of a second loss so it will no doubt be a closely contested affair. 

Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 0-13 (0-9 frees); Clíona Lane 2-0; Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1 
Waterford Scorers: Beth Carton 1-3 (0-1 free); Patricia Jackman 0-3 (two frees); Niamh Rockett, Jenny Simpson 0-1 each. 

LIMERICK: Claire Keating; Marguerite McCarthy, Muireann Creamer, Judith Mulcahy; Rebecca Delee, Fiona Hickey, Niamh Richardson; Siobhan Enright, Karen O’Leary; Cliona Lane, Mary O’Callaghan, Niamh Mulcahy; Deborah Murphy, Caoimhe Costelloe, Chloe O’Brien. 
Subs: Niamh Ryan for Mary O’Callaghan (53); Sinead McNamara for Chloe O’Brien (55); Caoimhe Lyons for Cliona Lane (56). 

WATERFORD: Tracey Kiely; Claire Whyte, Charlotte Raher, Mairead Power; Kate McMahon, Shona Kiernan, Iona Heffernan; Fiona Morrissey, Patricia Jackman; Lorraine Bray, Jenny Simpson, Niamh Rockett; Beth Carton, Aisling Power, Jenny McCarthy. 
Subs: Aoife Landers for Aisling Power (ht); Shona Prendergast for Mairead Power (43); Becky Kavanagh for Jenny McCarthy (53); Ciara Jackman for Jenny Simpson (60). 

REFEREE: Cathal Egan (Cork). 

Limerick 1-7 (0-3) Carlow 3-10 (1-5) 

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship 
Sunday 26th June 
1.15pm in Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow 

Limerick were second best in their opening Premier Junior championship clash with a strong Carlow side coming out on top by 3-10 to 1-7. 

Carlow had chalked up 3 unanswered points before Dearbhla Egan got Limerick on the scoreboard in a low scoring first quarter. In the second quarter Lizzy O'Dwyer & Aoife Coughlan added to Limerick's tally but with Kate Nolan raising a green flag for Carlow it was they who went in at the break ahead by 1-5 to 0-3. 

Having had the advantage of a breeze in the first half Limerick had a task ahead in the second half. The home side with the advantage of a league campaign and a win the previous week behind them were always going to be favourites for the tie. 

It was Limerick's Laura Stack who opened the scoring after the break but Carlow were quick to respond with a brace of goals in the next five minutes to leave Limerick with a mountain to climb. 

But credit to Ger Hickey's side they kept battling and substitutes Sinead Madden and Mairead Clancy steadying the ship. But to break LImerick hearts it was Carlow who again drove home a goal in the 45th minute to leave the scoreboard showing 3-9 to 0-5. 

Captain Una O'Connor did close the gap with a goal, followed by another point from Dearbhla Egan but it was not enough as the final score displayed 3-10 to 1-7. 
Limerick will learn from this encounter and regroup for another away match next week against Dublin. 

Limerick Scorers: Dearbhla Egan 0-4, Una O'Connor 1-0, Lizzy O'Dwyer 0-1, Aoife Coughlan 0-1, Laura Stack 0-1 

Limerick Team: Laura O'Neill, Sarah Finn, Caitríona Neville, Sarah Crotty, Shannyn Sheehan, Lisa Barrett, Aoife Coughlan, Gráinne Regan, Laura Stack, Lisa Leonard, Úna O'Connor, Róisín O'Mara, Dearbhla Egan, Sophie O'Callaghan, Lizzy O'Dwyer 

Limerick Clubs in Féile

posted 21 Jun 2016, 09:33 by Kevin Holmes

Féile n nGael 2016 was held in Tipperary and Waterford last weekend with Regional one-day Féiles taking place in Laois and Kilkenny and Limerick Camogie clubs were represented in all.

Newcastle West were competing in Division 1 and were hosted by Toomevara. They won their first game against St. Cronan's of Roscrea but lost their second to Athenry of Galway and also lost out to their hosts setting up a quarter-final clash with Éire Óg Nenagh and unfortunately lost out in that clash to exit at that stage. 

Newcastle West's Iris Kenneally was Limerick's representative in the Féile Skills competition and performed very well finishing fourth overall.

Crecora were also competing in Division 1 and were hosted by Lismore of Waterford. They drew their first two games against Gailltír of Waterford and Feakle/Killanena of Clare and beat their hosts to qualify for a quarter-final clash with Thomastown of Kilkenny and unfortunately lost out at that stage. 

Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum travelled to the Regional Féile in Laois. They played Na Fianna of Dublin in the first game on sat morning and won before losing out to Piltown of Kilkenny anin their second game. This set up a semi-final clash with Sarsfields of Galway which they unfortunately lost to the eventual winners of the competition.

Galbally took part in the Regional Féile in Kilkenny where they won two out of three group games setting up a semi-final clash with Young Ireland of Kilkenny which they won. However unfortunately they Lost out by 4 points in the final to Ardrahan of Galway.

All four teams performed well in the competition bringing great credit to Limerick Camogie and most importantly all the teams enjoyed the experience playing against and getting to know players from all over the country in a great celebration of our National Game.

Limerick rue slow start in Championship opener

posted 21 Jun 2016, 09:27 by Kevin Holmes

Limerick 1-16 (0-6) Wexford 3-17 (2-9) 

Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship 
Saturday 18th June at 5.15pm 
Innovate Wexford Park 

Limerick were made to rue a slow start to their opening Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship match at Innovate Wexford Park as they lost out by 3-17 to 1-16 in a high scoring encounter. To be fair they were up against a Wexford side, full of experienced All-Ireland winners and not a few All-Stars, on their home patch and hungry to return to winning ways in the championship. 

Niamh Mulcahy opened Limerick's account in the second minute to level after Shelly Kehoe had opened the scoring for Wexford. It was, however, to be Limerick's only score of the opening quarter as a dominant Wexford side scored an unanswered 2-5, including goals from Kate Kelly and Úna Leacy, which saw them streak into an 11-point lead. It could have been worse but for a hard-working performance by the back three and Claire Keating in goal who pulled off three excellent saves to deny Wexford further goals. 

Limerick steadied the ship somewhat, in the second quarter with Niamh Mulcahy providing leadership and her 5 points saw Limerick go in at the break trailing by 2-9 to 0-6. 

Manager John Tuohy introduced Rebecca Delee and Noreen Barry at the break and Clíona Lane shortly after but it was Wexford who again started strongest extending their lead to twelve points. But as the substitutes began to make an impact Limerick came into the game. However another Úna Leacy goal at the end of the quarter put the Slaneysiders into a commanding thirteen point lead from which there appeared to be no way back. 

Limerick showed great character and responded with a hand-passed goal from Niamh Mulcahy. Though the game was still over as a contest, Limerick had the better of the closing exchanges and with Caoimhe Costelloe joining Niamh Mulcahy in scoring duties, they had closed the gap to six points when Kate Kelly converted a free for Wexford with the game’s last act. 

Limerick management will have plenty to take from the game both positive and negative and will no doubt regroup for the visit of Waterford next Saturday in Kilmallock and hope to bounce back with a positive result in front of home support. 

Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 1-14 (0-9 frees), Caoimhe Costelloe 0-2 
Wexford Scorers: Kate Kelly 1-8 (0-4 frees), Una Lacey 2-3, Shelley Kehoe 0-5, Katrina Parrock 0-1 

Limerick Team: Claire Keating (Cappamore), Marguerita McCarthy (Ahane), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Judith Mulchay (Ahane), Siobhán Enright (Granagh Ballingarry), Niamh Richardson (Murroe Boher), Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry), Karen O'Leary (Newcastle West), Mary O'Callaghan (Bruff), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Chloe O'Brien (Ballyagran), Niamh Ryan (Bruff), Rebecca Noonan (Granagh Ballingarry) 
Subs: Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West) for Mary O'Callaghan (30 mins), Noreen Barry (Killeedy) for Rebecca Noonan (30 mins), Clíona Lane (Adare) for Karen O'Leary (37 mins), Marian Quaid (Bruff) for Niamh Richardson (54 mins) 

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