A great of camogie was played on wednesday evening last by the girls of St Cillian’s and Birr in a tense county final and it took a late goal from Orlaith Plunkett to seal the win.
Despite the low scoring, the skill level by both sides was top class with Cillian’s coming out on top thanks to a couple of late scores. Playing with the wind in the first half Cillian’s had Birr under a lot of pressure but the held on very well only conceding 1-1. The goal came coming from Sarah Harding and a point from a ‘45 by Aishling Brennan. Birr replied with two Mairead Jennings’ frees to leave the score at 1-1 to 0-2 at the midway point.
The second half continued with great camogie by both sides and as time ran out points by Gillian Irwin and Mairead Jennings had the teams level but a 58th minute goal by Orlaith Plunkett finally broke Birr’s resistance. Further points by Sarah Harding and Aishling Brennan in injury time would see the 2011 feile champions win on a scoreline of 2-4 to 0-3.
It has been a great year for St Cillian’s adding the county final to the Feile title the won in June in Galway.
Scorers: St Cillian’s: Sarah Harding 1-1 Orlaith Plunkett 1-0 Aishling Brennan 0-3 (2 ‘45s). Birr: Mairead Jennings 0-3f, Gillian Irwin 0-1
St Cillian’s: Ellen Cashin Lisa Hoctor Sioban Killeen Megan King Elizabeth Harding Aisling Brennan Shiofra Ryan Niamh Killeen Aideen Freeman Ciara Brennan Cailin Fitzgerald Rachel Dolan Emma Cleary Sarah Harding Orlaith Plunkett Chloe Costello Dara Hanamy Isobel Cavanagh Aisling Larking Ellen Kelly Katie Corrigan Brid Ryan Michelle Maher Nicola Dolan
Birr: Aoibhe Whelehan Niamh Horan Teigan Hegarty Jamie Spain Mariesa Cleary Mairead Jennings Audrey McAuliffe Linda Tyrell Aoife Gilligan Niamh Heffernan Gillian Irwin Dearbhail Ryan Clodagh O’Carroll Doireann Errity Niamh Middleton Amy Lyons Andrea Cooke Laura Maloney Francis Hoare Alana Roddy Ciara Murray Avril Fluery Emma Behan Aoife Hoare Aoife Hogan Aisling Garland
Offaly Camogie Results: Results: Senior championship Group 1 - Drumcullen 4-13 Tullamore 4-7; Sinchills/Lusmagh 3-12 St Rynaghs 3-7. Group 2 - Birr 3-14 K/K 0-7; U-14 A Final St Cillians 2-3 Birr 0-4
Fixture: Leinster A minor semi final Offaly v Dublin, Sunday, Brendan’s Park, 2pm