Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship
Limerick 1-12 Kilkenny 1-8
Urlingford, Sat 22nd June 6pm
Ref Aiden O’Brien Wexford
Limerick got their Intermediate Championship Campaign off to a great start away to Kilkenny in Urlingford on Saturday. The girls gave a sizeable travelling support plenty to cheer for. Playing against a stiff breeze Limerick attacked immediately with a bullet shot by Rebecca Delee saved by the Kilkenny goalie. Despite this Limerick were first to score with a point from play from Caoimhe Costello in the second minute of the game.
However Kilkenny equalised from a free from Aine Fahy followed by three points from play to leave Kilkenny leading 0-4 to 0-1.
Limerick settled and got their second score from Niamh Mulcahy a pointed free. This was followed by a great passage of play in the 10th min which involved Caoimhe Costello running through, passing the ball to Niamh Mulcahy who off loaded to Dymphna O’Brien, who struck it to the back of the net.
Kilkenny replied by running through Limericks defence but Síle Moynihan was steady in goal and cleared the ball out of the danger zone.
Kilkenny’s dominance in this period led to them receiving four frees but they were unable to capitalise on them.
Sarah Carey scored two points from play either side of a brace from Kilkenny in the run up to half time.
The last run of play in this half saw Niamh Mulcahy in possession, solo running towards goal with only the Kilkenny full-back in defence, the resultant foul led to an easy free in front of the posts which Niamh put over ensuring Limerick led 1-5 to 0-6 at half time.
Kilkenny started the brightest in the second half with two points, the first from a free, the second from play. This meant that the sides were now level and the game increased in intensity.
Points from Rebecca Delee and Caoimhe Costello from play gave Limerick a narrow lead.
Both sides battled over the next ten minutes with both putting shots wide until another free from Niamh Mulcahy widened the gap to three.
Frustration was starting to show but Player of the Match Caoimhe Costello scored a magnificent point from over 45 yards out which gave Limerick a four point cushion.
There was drama in the 20th min as Kilkenny surged through the Limerick defence resulting in a foul by a Limerick player just inside the square, prompting the referee to blow his whistle and signalling for a penalty.
Niamh Ryan, Síle Moynihan and captain Michelle Casey stood in the goalmouth. Limerick supporters waited with baited breadth as the Kilkenny girl struck with intent but Bruff’s Niamh Ryan was focused and pulled off a magnificent save, gathering up the sliotar and striking it far up the field to Limericks forwards. Once again Caoimhe Costello was on hand to catch the long delivery and without hesitation turned and struck the ball between the Kilkenny uprights. Limerick 1-10 Kilkenny 0-8
With 6 mins left on the clock Limerick again launched an attack which Kilkenny’s goalie cleared but went out for a 45’ which Niamh Mulcahy pointed. At this point corner forward Deborah Murphy made way for Na Piarsaigh’s Katie Campbell.
Limerick definitely looked the stronger at this stage with some brilliant individual tussles in several areas of the field resulting in the Treaty girls claiming possession.
Limericks last score of the game was taken by full forward Mary O’Callaghan with a point. Deirdre Fitzpatrick was replaced by Marie Keating with 2 mins to go .
To their credit Kilkenny never gave up and their workrate paid off as just before the final whistle they got a well deserved goal. But it was a case of too little too late with the final score at full time reading 1-12 to 1-8 meaning Limerick ran out deserving winners.
Next up for the team is Antrim which will be played in O’Toole Park, Crumlin next Saturday 29th June at 1pm.
U-16A Camogie Championship
Limerick 2-4 Offaly 2-12
Ahane, Sun 23rd June 2pm
A disappointing result in their first outing for our U-16 team. An early goal put Limerick ahead but Offaly's greater accuracy in front of goal meant they went in at half-time 2 points ahead. Limerick started the second half brightly but a brace of goals for Offaly gave Limerick a mountain to climb going into the final quarter. To give credit to the girls they never gave up and pulled a goal back with 5 minutes to go however it was too late and Offaly ran in deserving winners. Limerick will regroup from here and build on the many positive features of the girls performance.
Limerick Scorers: Leah O'Riordan 1-2 Aishling Scully 1-1 Kate Mulqueen 0-1
Offaly Scorers: Cailin Fitzgerald 1-3 Mairead Jennings 0-4 Aideen Freeman 1-0 Grainne Dolan 0-2 Sarah Walsh 0-2 Kate Troy 0-1
Limerick: 1) Laura O'Neill, 2) Sarah Shanahan 3) Leanne Browne 4) Siobhan Tagney 5) Neamh Curtin 6) Sinead McNamara 7) Aoife Coughlan 8) Caoimhe Lyons 9) Michelle Barrett 10) Aishling Scanlon 11) Kate Mulqueen 12) Ellanna Mulcahy 13) Aishling Scully 14) Leah O'Riordan 15) Aine Cunningham
Subs: 19) Niamh Tuite (for Aine Cunningham), 17) Marion Quaid (for Siobhan Tagney) 20) Marie Danagher (for Aishling Scanlon), 22) Sinead Madden (for Leanne Browne), 16) Catherine Fitzgerald, 18) Marie Sheehan
Management: Kieran Shanahan, Ger Curtin, John Power, Ann Fitzgibbon