U16A Camogie Championship Group 1 Round 1
Sunday 29th June at 2.30pm
Banagher, Co Offaly
Limerick lost their opening group game of the 2014 U16A Championship in Banagher on Sunday. The Limerick girls gave a very good account of themselves and were very much in the game at half-time. But a second half blitz gave Offaly the lead and Limerick’s failure to convert their goal chances proved costly in the end.
The girls next fixture is away to Wexford on Saturday July 12th with their final group game at home to Tipperary on 20th July so it’s still very much all to play for.
Up against the reigning Leinster champions it was always going to be a crucial game in Group 1 with a lot at stake to see who would qualify in the top two places. Also in the group with Limerick and Offaly are Tipperary reigning Munster Champions and Wexford. Limerick started brightly with almost complete control for the first 10 minutes of the match but only scoring 1-01 when a further 5 to 6 points would have been a fairer reflection on the play, the Offaly goalkeeper also pulled off a crucial save to deny Siobhan Tangney an early goal. 10 Minutes later Siobhan did hit the back of the net when she burst through the Offaly defense. From about mid-way through the first half It seemed like Offaly scored from every attempt and kept the scoreboard ticking over with 9 points and a unstoppable goal in the 18th minute of the first half from Sarah Harding the Offaly number 14. Half time score was 1-04 to Limerick 1-09 to Offaly.
Limerick started poorly in the second half and gave away some silly frees with Roisin Egan for Offaly adding 8 points (6 Frees 2 Play) throughout the match and Sarah Harding adding a goal and a point in the first 15 minutes. Limerick however came back to life in the last 15 minutes and dominated the game with Caoimhe Lyons scoring 2-02 and Dearbhla Egan scoring a point. The match will however be remembered for missed opportunities with Limerick accounting for 12 wides with 4 from frees and 8 from play. The gap was down to 4 points near the end but a breakaway play for Offaly gave the a quick goal from Louise Flannery and a final point from Sarah Harding ended the match Offaly 3-13 Limerick 2-07. Notable performances from Limerick were Ellana Mulcahy and Chloe O’Brien who worked hard from start to finish. U16s are next away to Wexford on the 12th of July.
Team 1. Aoife Barry, 2. Aisling Coughlan, 3. Liz Carmody, 4. Saoirse Barry, 5. Caoimhe O’Brien, 6. Marion Quaid, 7. Sophie O’Callaghan, 8. Aisling Scanlon (Capt)(0-2), 9. Leah Riordan(0-2), 10, Roisin O’Mara, 11. Chloe O’Brien, 1. Ellana Mulcahy, 13. Caoimhe Lyons(1-02), 14. Siobhan Tangney(1-0), 15. Dearbhla Egan(0-1). Subs used 25. Rachel Lacey for Sophie O’Callaghan, 23. Fanie Carmody for Siobhan Tangney and 21. Sarah Corbett for Caoimhe O’Brien. Remaining Panel 16. Emma Herbert, 17. Shannon Gillane, 18. Caileigh O’Reilly, 20. Orla Ryan, 22. Cathy Maher, 24. Emily-Rose Mulcahy, 26. Emma Barry, 27. Aoife Coughlan, 28. Aisling Doyle and 29. Tanya McNamara.