Nenagh Éire Óg’s wait for a first county under-16A Camogie title continues following a heart-breaking two-point defeat suffered against Newport-Ballinahinch on Saturday evening at The Ragg. These two sides have met frequently at the business end of various competitions since under-12 and there rarely is much between the sides and on Saturday that proved to be the case again.
Nenagh Éire Óg 0-7
The game was only six minutes old when Caroline Browne hit a ferocious effort towards the top corner of the goal following a great run, but the Newport goalkeeper was equal to the shot and made a fine save. However referee Ger Browne called back play for a foul on Caroline and she pointed the resultant free.
Newport responded with two fine points of their own before Leah Kelly pointed an equalising point from thirty yards. Newport scored another point before they struck what proved to be the decisive score of the game, a scrambled goal following a long delivery into the penalty box which opened up a four-point gap. Caroline Browne responded with a fine point after good work from Ruth Hassett.
Nenagh started the second period in determined fashion and within six minutes of the restart had two more points on the board compliments of Laura Tierney and captain Hazel McAuliffe. A Caroline Browne free cancelled out another Newport free in the 39th minute and it was clear we were in for a rip-roaring finish.
Newport went onto score two more points in the 47th and 48th minute and Nenagh tried hard to get the elusive scores to match their opponents however our final score was a point from the stick of Caroline Browne on 52 minutes.
However, the drama didn’t finish there. Hazel McAuliffe in injury time tore forward in a dramatic late push for a winning goal. After a fantastic run the Nenagh captain was fouled on the 21-yard line and a free resulted. Up stepped Caroline Browne who hit a blistering shot which unfortunately ricocheted off the post and out to safety before referee Ger Browne signalled full-time.
Despite the result the Nenagh girls can be very proud of their efforts. They fought tooth and nail until the end and displayed astonishing skill levels throughout. These girls, if they stay playing, have a very bright future on the Camogie fields and no doubt they will win a lot of honours into the future. The club wishes to thank the players for their tremendous efforts all year and their hard-working management for leaving no stone unturned in helping the panel improve as a team. We send our congratulations to Newport-Ballinahinch on a fantastic win.
Please click here for a full match video from Saturday’s county Under-16A Camogie final.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Niamh Sheridan, Rita Bourke, Kate O’Connor, Fiona Hennessy, Sarah Kennedy, Rachel O’Connor, Lily Purcell, Hazel McAuliffe (captain, 0-1), Kristen Howard, Caroline Browne (0-4, 0-2 frees), Ruth Hassett, Laura Tierney (0-1), Leah Kelly (0-1), Vanessa Tynan, Ciara Phelan. Subs: Rachel Browne for Phelan, Lucy Spain for Kelly.
Referee: Ger Browne (Knockavilla Kickhams).
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