Juniors are Cork County A Champions

Juniors are Cork County A Champions!!!

St. Mary’s Junior camogie team have finished off the year in style with a great win over Mount Mercy in Mallow. The city school contained no fewer than 6 Cork players in their line up and it was a cracking contest. Thankfully the Charleville girls showed great fight on the day to continue our recent good form in this grade and made it 4 A titles in a row.

First Half

Beibhinn O Neill opened the scoring with a find point from play after good work by Tanya McNamara after a Maire Fitzgibbon clearance. Mount Mercy came back strong and really started to dominate and opened up a big lead and were up 1:5 to 0:1 after 15 minutes. After a few positional switches St. Mary’s came back into the game.

Captain Michelle Jones switched onto their most dangerous forward and started to keep her quiet. Kate Kilcommins and Roisin Killeen made their presence felt around the middle of the field. Fiona Nelligan was proving a real handful and got 2 points in quick succession. Our other dangerous corner forward Iman O Connell got a great point after a 40 yard solo run. Beibhinn O Neill was having a good game and blasted the back of the net to level the scores coming up to halftime.

Second Half

Then on the stroke of halfime Fiona Nelligan scored an oppourtunist goal after great work by Emma Hogan who won a huge puckout by Caitlin Reynolds. The half time score was 2:4 to 1:4 in Charleville’s favour.Mount Mercy started the second half in determined mood and within 5 minutes had scored 1:2 and were two points in the lead. Eimear Morrissey scored a 45 and the city girls replied with two more points. Subs were introduced.

First year Laura Doyle held her nerve to score a great point from a free. However we were still down by four points with ten minutes to go. Then the backs upped their game. Eimear O Gorman was excellent when switched to full back and got great support from Aoife Galvin and Caitlin Sheehan. Grainne Boles’s long range striking from frees gave us a big advantage. Chloe Dundon came on and made a big impact with her solo runs. However we were unlucky for a long time with numerous wides.

Then the tireless Kate Kilcommins gave a great crossfield ball to Iman O Connell. She took off with one thing on her mind and took on the Mount Mercy defenders. After a 30 yard zigzag run she hand-passed the sliotar to the net and with 3 minutes left we were only one point down. Roisin Killeen won the puckout and burst through the middle. Eventually the ball broke in the goalmouth. Fiona Nelligan did excellently and struck a great shot that was saved on the goalline but Iman O Connell reacted brilliantly to score the winning goal with a deft flick. Two minutes later the final whistle blew and St. Mary’s Juniors had won by two points. A great way to finish off the year and captain Michelle Jones lifted the cup to great cheers.

Junior Panel

Chloe Keogh (Ballyhea), Eimear Morrissey (GranaghBallingarry), Lorna Cagney (Newtownshandrum), Tanya McNamara (Ballyagran), Sheila Cagney (Ballyagran), Aine O Shea (Ballyhea), Siobhan Toomey (GranaghBallingarry), Caitlin Reynolds (Charleville), Eimear O Gorman (Milford), Aoife Galvin (Milford), Roisin Killeen (Ballyhea), Michelle Jones (Charleville), Grainne Boles (Newtownshandrum), Fiona Nelligan (Charleville), Chloe Dundon (Ballyhea), Emma Hogan (Newtownshandrum), Kate Kilcommins (Ballyhea), Beibhinn O Neill (Newtownshandrum), Zara White (Ballyagran), Chelsea Morrissey (Charleville), Elizabeth Moloney (Charleville), Maire Fitzgibbon (Milford), Tiegan Kelleher (Ballyagran), Lauren Corrigan (Charleville), Caithlin Sheehan (Charleville), Ellen Murphy (GranaghBallingarry), Jennifer Moloney (Charleville) Niamh Kavanagh (Charleville), Laura Doyle (Charleville), Grainne O Leary (Ballyhea), Jade Hooper (Ballyhea).