Killimor claim first title in great style
CAMOGIE ALL-IRELAND SENIOR CLUB FINAL: Killimor 3-18 Inniscarra 1-4:KILLIMOR BLEW Inniscarra away with a stunning all-round team display to claim their first ever All-Ireland senior club camogie title at Croke Park yesterday.
A larger-than-expected attendance of 4,724 came through the stiles at Headquarters to watch Brenda Hanney lead the Galwegians to success, while Eoghan Rua took the intermediate honours on a 3-8 to 2-3 scoreline.
Killimor raced into a four-point lead early on as Inniscarra were slow to settle and when Helen Quinn goaled in the 17th minute, the signs weren’t good for the Cork outfit.
Niamh Dilworth finally got her side off the mark with a pointed free in the 23rd minute but Lorraine Donnelly goaled at the other end directly from the puck out to give her side a scarcely believable 2-4 to 0-1 lead at the break.
Inniscarra were clearly shellshocked and failed to improve after the resumption, as Susan Keane, Martina Conroy (who finished with 1-6) and Hanney kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Inniscarra did have plenty of possession but they struggled massively against a resolute Killimor rearguard in which Julie Brien was magnificent.
Dilworth did finally find the net seven minutes from time, but, by that stage, Conroy had lashed a powerful shot to the Inniscarra net after a strong Hanney run.
A flurry of points from Serena Brien, Conroy and Hanney set the seal on a wonderful day for the Tribeswomen.
KILLIMOR:H Campbell; N Hanney, N Lawless, J Brien; K Brien, AM Hayes, M Duane; E Haverty (0-2), AM Starr; C Conroy (0-1), B Hanney (0-4, 1f), M Conroy (1-6, 4fs); H Quinn (1-0), S Keane (0-4), L Donnelly (1-0). Subs:AM Lagana for Quinn (52); S Brien (0-1) for Donnelly (52); N Donnelly for C Conroy (57); N Connolly for Keane (59); C Brien for M Conroy (60)
INNISCARRA:S Ní Riain; A Sheehan, L Hayes, M Buckley; K Jones, R O’Mahony, E Kingston (0-1); R Buckley (0-1, 45), O Healy; J Casey (0-1), MN O’Sullivan, K O’Mahony; M Cosgrove, F O’Connell, N Dilworth (1-1, 1f). Subs:L Burke for Kingston (21); Kingston for Cosgrove (28); T McCarthy for O’Connell (47); L Buckley for Healy (50)
Referee:O Elliott (Antrim).
McMullan the key Eoghan Rua prevail
A hat-trick of goals from full-forward Grace McMullan was the key contribution as Eoghan Rua made the journey from Coleraine count to win the All-Ireland club intermediate camogie title in fine fashion, 3-8 to 2-3, against The Harps from Laois. Gráinne McGoldrick weighed in with seven points, while her sister and team captain Méabh was a commanding presence at centre-back but it was McMullan’s goals that turned the tide in Eoghan Rua’s favour, when it looked like
The Harps would add this championship to junior exploits.