Offaly’s U-16A team put up a terrific battle against Dublin in Carrig last Sunday before eventually losing out by four points after a hard fought game.
U-16A Leinster Camogie Championship
Two goals for Dublin in the first-half proved to be the crucial scores as the visitors held on to their lead despite the best efforts of the home side.
On a lovely spring afternoon the teams lined up for the second round of the championship. Offaly lined out without their players from St Rynagh’s who were withdrawn due to an important school match this week.
They were dealt another blow after 10 minutes when Birr’s Gillian Kirwin received a severe wrist injury in a collision between three players.
Both these teams were evenly match throughout the first half. Offaly went into an early five point lead before Dublin rallied with two well taken goals in the 20th and 22nd minute.
Mairead Jennings was Offaly’s top scorer in this half with 1-2 and just two points separated the teams at half-time, Offaly 1-5 Dublin 2-4.
The second-half was low scoring with Dublin adding points to Offaly’s two. Offaly had plenty of possession in this half but squandered many scorable chances by overcarrying the ball when they could have taken their points.
Dublin were taller and physically stronger than their Offaly counterparts which told in the latter stages of the half when they scored two points just before the final whistle to run out winners. Of all the players on the field, Roisin Egan had an exceptional game. Her covering, positional sense and all round game was excellent.
Scorers: Scorers: Mairead Jennings 1-4, Cailin Fitzgerald 0-2, Sarah Harding 0-1
Offaly: Shannon Toughey (Tullamore), Shiofra Ryan (St.Cillian’s), Roisin Egan (St Rynagh’s), Clodagh McCormack (Naomh Brid), Siobhan Killeen (St Cillian’s), Aisling Brennan (St Cillian’s), Sarah Walsh (Tullamore), Mairead Jennings (Birr), Gillian Irwin (Birr), Terri Dolan (KK), Cailin Fitzgerald (St Cillian’s) (c), Emma Kirwin (St Sinchill’s), Aideen Freeman (St Cillian’s), Aisling Feeney (Tullamore), Sarah Harding (Birr). Sub: Aoife Sweeney(KK) for Gillian Irwin
U-16B: Offaly 0-3 Dublin 2-13
Dublin’s victory in this match was as comprehensive as the score suggests. Offaly registered a point in a one–sided first half and had no answer to the skill and team work of this Dublin team.
Offaly fared no better in the second half and added only another two points to their opponents 1-6. They will have to show a remarkable improvement next week when they are away to Wexford in their final match .
Offaly: Aoibhe Whelehan (Birr), Marissa Cleary (Birr), Maisey Currams (Tullamore), Megan King (St Cillian’s), Ciara Brennan (St Cillian’s), Eimear Buckley (KK), Orla Gorman (Tullamore), Niamh Killeen (St Cillian’s), Aine O’Meara (c) (Shinrone), Kate Troy (Tullamore), Aoife Sweeney (KK), Aileen Gorman (KK), Ellen O’Grady (Kinnitty), Rachel Dolan (St Cillian’s), Roisin Kelly (St Rynagh’s). Subs used: Elizabeth Harding (Birr), Orlaith Plunkett (St Cillian’s), Lisa Hoctor (St Cillian’s)
Offaly Camogie would like to express our sincere thanks to the Carrig/Riverstown who had the field in excellent shape for these matches. Thanks also to the St. Cillian’s Camogie Club who provided players and supporters of both sides with refreshments at the end of each match.