Limerick Camogie Notes 18/4/17

posted 19 Apr 2017, 10:08 by Kevin Holmes

Eileen Carmody U14 Blitz:

The annual Eileen Carmody U14 Inter-County Camogie Blitz took place on Saturday in Killedy and Ballyagran. Limerick fielded two teams.

The Limerick Green team played in Killeedy and won their first game against Tipperary by 3-5 to 2-3. They also won their second game against Clare by 0-7 to 1-1. The semi-final against Galway was a draw 1-3 to 1-3 at the end of allotted time but unfortunately after extra time Galway won 2-4 to 1-4. Galway went on to contest the A Final with Cork with the Leesiders running out winners.

The Limerick White team played in Ballyagran and won their first game against Clare, result by 2-0 to 1-2. They lost out to Cork by 1-2 to 0-1 in their next match but rallied to beat Clare in the semi-final by 4-2 to 0-2. In the final Cork were again to prove their nemesis winning by 1-3 to 0-0. Indeed it was to prove a good day for Cork as they completed a clean sweep of all four competitions on the day.

Limerick Camogie would like to thank Killeedy and Ballyagran for the use of their pitches and facilities which were in excellent condition. In both venues games ran like clockwork really well organised with refreshments available in the clubhouse all day. Thanks to Olive Sheehan who was the co-ordinator on a super job and to Ger McNamara, Fiona Godfrey and Liz Cahill for all their help and to the parents of the players for providing all the refreshments and the fine support for the teams.


Senior League 
Killeedy 1-11 Newcastle West 3-9
Bruff 1-2 Ahane 6-26
Granagh Ballingarry w/o Murroe Boher 

Intermediate League 
Crecora 2-8 Na Piarsaigh 0-5 
Tournafulla 2-0 Newcastle West 4-7 
Croagh Kilfinny 0-12 Ballybrown 0-11 

Junior A League
Patrickswell 1-10 Galbally 0-7
Kilmallock 2-5 Monaleen 1-15 

Junior B League 
Granagh Ballingarry 2-7 Knockaderry 0-8 
Templeglantine 8-14 Treaty Gaels 3-2

Cork too strong in semi-final clash

posted 19 Apr 2017, 09:53 by Kevin Holmes

Limerick 0-12 (0-6)  Cork 3-15 (1-8) 

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues 
Division 1 Semi-Final 
Sunday 9th April in Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork 

Limerick lost to an in form Cork side in Páirc Uí Rinn by 3-15 to 0-12 in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Div 1 semi-final. A squad depleted by injury battled hard and were in contention for much of the game but Cork's greater experience told and they ran out comfortable winners.

Limerick opened the scoring thanks to a Rebecca Delee point but Julia White levelled quickly for Cork and Orla Cronin put them ahead before Niamh McCarthy bundled Limerick keeper Claire Keating over and hand-passed to the net after 10 minutes. 
Limerick responded well with an excellent Mairéad Fitzgerald point from a very tight angle. Orla Curtin and Rebecca Delee also raised white flags for Limerick but Cork kept the scoreboard ticking over maintaining their lead through Katriona Mackey, Amy O’Connor and Gemma O’Connor. Rebecca Delee brought her tally to three with an outstanding solo score after a powerful run from midfield just before the break to keep Limerick just about in touch 1-8 to 0-6 at the break. 
Limerick again opened the scoring in the second half through a Niamh Mulcahy free but once Katriona Mackey’s attempt for a point from a free dropped into the net Limerick were in truth left with a mountain to climb.

Limerick battled hard for the remainder of the game but with a strong lead to defend Cork were always going to be hard to break down. They kept Limerick scoreless from play in the second half but with four further frees converted by Niamh Mulcahy Limerick remained just six points adrift by the quarter hour mark. However it was Cork who pushed on and an unanswered 1-3 in the final period gave them a 3-15 to 0-12 lead at the final whistle. 
Cork were deserving winners on the day as Limerick struggled to cope with their short passing running game. But Limerick will have learnt a lot from this League campaign and have given needed experience to emerging players to give John Tuohy increased options going into Munster and All-Ireland campaign. 
Limerick Scorers: 
Niamh Mulcahy 0-5 (5 Frees), Rebecca Delee 0-3, Orla Curtin 0-2, Mairéad Fitzgerald 0-1, Caoimhe Costelloe 0-1 
Cork Scorers: 
Katriona Mackey 1-8, Niamh McCarthy 2-0, Gemma O'Connor 0-3, Julia White 0-2, Orla Cronin 0-1, Amy O'Connor 0-1 
Claire Keating (Cappamore), Sinéad McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Marian Quaid (Bruff), Karen O'Leary (Newcastle West), Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry), Mairéad Ryan (Clooney-Quin), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Laura Stack (Milford), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Orla Curtin (Ahane), Mairéad Fitzgerald (Granagh Ballingarry), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane – Capt.) 
Subs: Clíona Lane (Adare) for Laura Stack, Chloe O'Brien (Ballyagran) for Mairéad Fitzgerald, Lisa Leonard (Cappamore) for Caoimhe Lyons 

Limerick lose out in final group game

posted 19 Apr 2017, 09:51 by Kevin Holmes

Limerick 0-9 (0-4) Galway 1-13 (0-9)

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1
Saturday 1st April in Ballinasloe

Limerick lost out to Galway in their final game of the group stages of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League but having already qualified to the last four from Group 2 so there was little at stake in the final match apart from pride and it was the home side who prevailed. Limerick go on to face Cork in the semi-final next Sunday while Galway will face All-Ireland champions Kilkenny in the other. Manager John Tuohy fielded a much changed side as he looked to his options going into the later stages. Galway opened a lead early in the game and in truth never looked like being pegged back by a Limerick side over-reliant on Niamh Mulcahy for scores.

Galway took a five-point lead into the break and had extended that to nine two minutes into the second half after a goal from Linda Loughnane. Limerick were to close the gap with Dearbhla Egan and Rebecca Delee joining Niamh Mulcahy on the scoreboard but with Niamh Kilkenny impressive for the Tribeswomen they were left with a mountain to climb and Galway ran out deserving winners.

Limerick will have learnt a lot from this campaign and will be looking to cause an upset and go one step further than they have in the last two years and get to a first ever League Division 1 final.

Cork will prove to be tough opposition in the semi-final as the Rebels are unbeaten in the group stages but Limerick will take confidence from their two wins over the Leesiders in this competition last year.

Limerick Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 0-7, Dearbhla Egan 0-1, Rebecca Delee 0-1 Galway Scorers: Ailish O'Reilly 0-7, Niamh Kilkenny 0-3, Linda Loughnane 1-0, Finola Keeley 0-1, Noreen Coen 0-1, Aoife Donohue 0-1

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).

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