Sunday 2nd August in Ballybrown
Limerick’s U16 A team finished their campaign in fine style with an impressive 3-8 to 1-2 victory over Offaly in Ballybrown on Sunday. The girls ended their campaign with two wins out of four and finished in third place in their group missing out on qualification for the semi-finals.
Goals from Dearbhla Egan and Aoife Curtin at either end of the first half put Limerick in firm control going in at the break. But Offaly had their chances and a well-worked move led to Rachel Scully’s goal midway through the half which narrowed the gap to three points. But Limerick were the dominant side and with Aoife Curtin picking off points from play and a dominant display at half-back and in midfield meant that most of the game was played in the Offaly half of the pitch.
Offaly needed a good start to the second period but were unable to capitalize on the breeze as a strong defensive display from Limerick restricted them to a single point in the half. And when Rachael Considine hit the back of the net early in the half for Limerick’s third goal the game was effectively over as a contest.
This Limerick side has developed strongly under the management team lead by Gary Kirby and we will be looking to see more of these players in the coming years.
Limerick: Aoife Curtin 1-5, Rachael Considine 1-0, Dearbhla Egan 1-0, Liz Carmody 0-2, Isabella Condon 0-1
Offaly: Rachel Scully 1-0, Sarah Harding 0-2
Limerick's U15 Camogie team travelled to Clarecastle for the annual Clare blitz, A great second half performance got the day off to a good start beating Tipperary on a score line of 2-1 to 0-3. The second game saw Kilkenny come from behind to take a one-point win (Limerick 1-1. Kilkenny 1-2). The third game saw Limerick beat Wexford 5-4 to 0-0. That meant they qualified for the shield final against Dublin and, after a great battle, Dublin just got the better of the Limerick girls and won by 5 points. Overall it was a very positive display by all the players who are getting better all the time, which is the objective of these development blitzes.
Tiegan Kelleher, Kiara McCarthy (Ballyagran), Claudia Griffin, Maeve Barry (Bruff), Katie Hayes (Cappamore), Kathleen Dore (Charleville), Sara Gilmartin (Crecora), Aoife Molyneaux, Joanne Foley, Noirin Lenihan (Croagh Kilfinny), Claire McNamara (Doon), Ellen Murphy, Orla Lenihan (Granagh Ballingarry), Aishling Kennedy, Aine Doyle (Monaleen), Claire O'Meara (Mungret St Pauls), Edel Cunningham, Karen Cunningham (Murroe Boher), Rachel Murray (Na Piarsaigh), Aishling McEnery, Cathy Ambrose, Kate Ambrose, Roisin Ambrose, Katelyn Hayes, Michelle McCarthy (Newcastle West), Orla Harty (Patrickswell)
Managment Team: Brian Leahy, Mike Cunningham, Tim Kelleher, Rachel Hayes, Vera O Meara, Aine Bresnahan