The Blues made it three wins from three games when beating Newport in the county junior A Camogie championship at Newport on Sunday evening.
County Junior A Camogie Championship
Nenagh Éire Óg 4-6 Newport 3-8
The Newport ‘keeper made a fine save in the fifth minute to deny Aislinn O’Brien a goal. A minute later Louise Hickey won a free which Holly O’Brien converted and Éire Óg took a deserved lead. Two minutes later Alanna Morris added a goal before Amy Heffernan made a vital clearance off the line in the tenth minute.
Newport’s first score materialised in the 13th minute, but Aislinn O’Brien responded for Éire Óg after good work from Holly O’Brien. Three minutes later Newport converted a free to leave a goal in it, but Ciara McGrath rifled home a terrific 21-yard free in the 18th minute following a foul on Julie Moylan (2-2 to 0-2).
To their credit Newport responded to the challenge in style. A Newport point preceded a goal in the 21st minute (2-2 to 1-4).
Éire Óg were left cursing their luck in the 22nd minute when Alanna Morris’ rasping shot found the Newport crossbar following terrific work from Aislinn O’Brien and the outstanding Michelle Collins.
A fourth Newport point in the 23rd minute cut the Blues’ lead to a single point, but Alanna Morris responded for Éire Óg in the 25th minute.
In the 26th Holly O’Brien won and converted a free, but a fifth Newport point in the second minute of first half injury time left two in it at the break (2-4 to 1-5).
In the opening minute of the second half Aislinn O’Brien thundered home a superb individual goal. Six minutes later Newport responded with a goal of their own and when Newport added a point to their tally in the 41st the Éire Óg lead was down to one (3-4 to 2-6).
In the 42nd minute Holly O’Brien scored a fantastic goal – O’Brien did exceptionally well to control a Michelle Collins delivery before turning and burying a sensational left-handed shot (4-4 to 2-6).
Newport responded with a point, but Michelle Collins landed a terrific point in the 47th minute to force Éire Óg into a 4-5 to 2-7 lead.
In the 51st minute Newport scrambled home a goal following a fine reaction save from Ali Darcy. Four minutes later a Holly O’Brien point, following good work from Louise Hickey, left two in it.
Following a handful of lengthy delays referee Martin Griffin elected to play eleven minutes of injury time. Newport poured forward in search of vital scores, but Éire Óg defended stoutly with Ali Darcy making a crucial save and Ciara McGrath a superb block.
Newport did add a late point to their tally, but Éire Óg clung for a deserved win.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Ali Darcy, Amy Heffernan, Rachel Maher, Kara Mulqueen, Michelle Collins (0-1), Ciara McGrath (1-0, 1-0 free), Rachel Spillane, Zoe Gratton (captain), Alanna Morris (1-1), Aislinn O’Brien (1-1), Louise Hickey, Holly O’Brien (1-3, 0-2 frees), Julie Moylan, Aileen Duggan, Sarah O’Connor. Subs: (HT) Saoirse Gleeson for Zoe Grafton, (42nd) Elaine Slattery for Sarah O’Connor, (57th) Mairéad Sheridan for Julie Moylan.
Referee: Martin Griffin (Silvermines).
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