Laois Camogie Intermediate Championship Final
St Brigid’s 0-9
By Gavin Cooper
CAMROSS completed the camogie double for 2019 in O’Moore Park on Saturday when they added the intermediate title to the junior crown captured earlier in the day. There was no arguing Camross were good value for their victory over St Brigid’s.
Camross began on the front foot and were three points up in no time as two frees from Sarah Ann Fitzgerald were added to by another free from Kirsten Keenan.
Camross’s defence was immense over the course of the game and they never allowed St Brigid’s any time on the sliotar. Both sides were taking time getting used to the wet and soggy pitch after an earlier thunderstorm.
St Brigid’s finally got off the mark after 18 minutes when Shona Jones fired between the posts from play. The game ebbed and flowed from one side to the other and there wasn’t much given away by either side.
Aoife Burke got her side’s first score from play with a lovely point. Tara Corrigan opened her account for the day with a free as St Brigid’s looked to have found their feet.
Kirsten Keenan was immaculate from placed balls and she fired over her second to put her side ahead by three points. Keenan was on hand again to tap a free over as Camross looked to be in the ascendency.
Good play involving wing-forward Grainne Hyland and midfielder Eimear Guidera allowed the latter to split the posts for her side. Frees were proving crucial for Camross as Fitzgerald pointed her third point of the game, all from frees.
St Brigid’s would rally again before the end of the first half as they reduced the gap to two points at the break, Clodagh Tynan making a superb run from centre-back to raise a white flag from 35 metres.
Tara Corrigan tacked on another free as St Brigid’s hoped they could carry this momentum into the second half. That wasn’t to be the case though as Camross scored a goal within minutes of the restart.
Kirsten Keenan’s shot at goal was well saved by Laura Dunne but to Dunne’s disappointment the rebound fell straight to Sara Cuddy who batted the ball into the net.
St Brigid’s needed a big response and fast with and Tara Corrigan taking her tally to four points with another two frees.
Kirsten Keenan responded with a ‘45 and another free as Camross took the sting out of the game with some good defending and also taking any opportunities that came their way. They went six clear as Andrea Scully fired over.
Sara Cuddy took her tally to the day to 1-1 as she also pointed from play as Camross were motoring towards victory. Tynan replied with a free for St Brigid’s before Corrigan ended the game’s scoring with her fifth free of the game.
Camross won out by five points in the end for what was a well deserved victory with every aspect of their game coming out on top. And what a year it has been ending up with both county tiles.
CAMROSS: Niamh Dollard; Fiona Scully, Mairead Burke, Elizabeth Ryan; Aisling Burke, Sarah Ann Fitzgerald (0-3fs), Olga Parkinson; Lauren Boyhan, Claire Fitzgerald; Aoife Burke (0-1), Aimee Collier, Sile Burke; Sara Cuddy (1-1), Kirsten Keenan (0-5, 0-4fs, 0-1 ‘45), Andrea Scully (0-1).
Subs: Donnagh Mortimer for Aoife Burke (42m)
ST BRIGID’S: Laura Dunne; Danielle Healy, Roisin Kilmartin, Amy Quinlan; Emily Carroll, Clodagh Tynan (0-2, 0-1f), Sarah Creagh; Eimear Guidera (0-1), Laura Finlay; Aisling O’Dea, Shona Jones (0-1), Tiegan Bowe; Grainne Hyland, Niamh Coss, Tara Corrigan (0-5fs).
Subs: Jessie Quinlan for Bowe (24m), Sharon Moylan for Coss (41m), Gemma Hoare for Healy (54m)
Referee: Padraig Dunne (CRG)