Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
Limerick: 0-11 (0-5) Wexford: 3-9 (0-4)
The adage that “goals win games” was proved on Saturday as, despite a strong performance, Wexford’s goal threat proved too much as Limerick fell to their second defeat in the group stages of the 2015 Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship by 3-9 to 0-11.
Limerick, playing with a strong breeze, lead at the break by 0-5 to 0-4. Limerick had slightly the better of exchanges in what was a tightly contested half and could have been further ahead but for a number of wides contributed to by the swirling breeze.
Wexford came out of the blocks in the second half posting 1-3 without reply in the first 10 minutes, including a goal from player-of-the-match Kate Kelly, to open a five point lead. Limerick have shown great character in this campaign so far and this match was to be no different as they came back strongly with points from Rebecca Delee, Caoimhe Lyons, Niamh Mulcahy and Caoimhe Costelloe to close the gap to a single point. Caoimhe had also taken over the free-taking duties from Niamh Mulcahy who was carrying a hand injury from the Cork match.
The LImerick revival was driven by a strong defensive display, with captain Sarah Carey dominating at centre-back and Lorraine McCarthy, Fiona Hickey and Judith Mulcahy all clearing crucial ball to keep the pressure on Wexford.
But Wexford had more in their locker and when, in the games turning point, Bríd Gordon broke past the Limerick defence she gave Limerick keeper Síle Moynihan no chance as she hit the back of the net to restore Wexford’s lead.
Wexford were to add a third goal from a Kate Kelly penalty to seal the win as it was not to be Limerick’s day. Limerick have a bye in the fourth round which gives them time to regroup and prepare for their final group game against 2013 All-Ireland champions Galway in two weeks time.
Niamh Mulcahy 0-5 (3 frees), Caoimhe Costelloe 0-4 (3 frees) Rebecca Delee 0-1, Caoimhe Lyons 0-1
Kate Kelly 2-6, Brid Gordon 1-1, Shelley Kehoe 0-2
Síle Moynihan (Ahane), Marguerite McCarthy (Ahane), Lorraine McCarthy (Bruff), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Sarah Carey (Granagh Ballingarry), Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry), Aoife Sheehan (Granagh Ballingarry), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Deborah Murphy (Knockderry), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West), Rebecca Noonan (Granagh Ballingarry), Sinéad McNamara (Na Piarsaigh)
Megan O’Mara (Monaleen) for Rebecca Noonan (24 mins)
Limerick 2-9 (0-2) Roscommon 3-6 (1-4)
Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Camogie Championship - Round 1
2.30pm in Croagh
Limerick came from behind to draw with Roscommon in their Liberty Insurance Premier Junior clash in Croagh on Sunday. This was the second draw between the sides this year as their Division 3 clash in Athleague in March also ended honours even.
Limerick had the better of the early exchanges but were made to rue some missed chances as when Roscommon entered a period of dominance their great efficiency in front of goal gave them a 1-4 to 0-2 lead at the break.
But a strong second half performance saw Limerick come back strongly with goals from Clíona Lane and captain Bríd Hannan. However Roscommon were still leading by a point when with the penultimate strike of the game Cappamore's Claire Keating pointed from 50m to level the game and give Limerick a valuable point.
Limerick travel to Armagh next for their second match and with four sides to qualify for the semi-finals this hard won point may yet prove very valuable to the Ger Curtin managed side.
Bríd Hannan 1-1, Clíona Lane 1-0, Claire Keating, Ellanna Mulcahy 0-2 each, Mairéad Clancy, Donna Mulcahy, Siobhán Tangney, Gráinne Ryan 0-1 each
Laura O’Neill (Na Piarsaigh), Leanne Browne (Newcastle West), Grace Lee (Newcastle West), Caitríona Neville (Croagh Kilfinny), Sarah Crotty (Ahane), Tara Fitzgibbon (Ballyagran), Néamh Curtin (Ballybrown), Niamh Tuite (Treaty Gaels), Donna Mulcahy (Killeedy), Úna O’Connor (Crecora), Clíona Lane (Adare), Claire Keating (Cappamore), Mairéad Clancy (Ballybrown), Siobhán Tangney (Croagh Kilfinny), Bríd Hannan (Croagh Kilfinny) (capt.)
Aoife Barry (Murroe Boher), Louise Curtin (Ballybrown), Marion Quaid (Bruff), Aoife Coughlan (Crecora), Saoirse Barry (Murroe Boher), Gráinne Ryan (Galbally), Laura Walsh (Newcastle West), Elanna Mulcahy (Killeedy), Aisling Scully (Granagh Ballingarry), Caitrín de Bhál (Killeedy), Avril Lane (Adare), Sarah Shanahan (Killeedy), Chloe O’Brien (Ballyagran)
Limerick 2-7 Dublin 5-18
U16 A Camogie Championship - Round 1
Limerick 1-3 Laois 5-19
U16 B Camogie Championship - Round 1