Shinrone and Birr lead the way as Tullamore start with win in Offaly Camogie Championship

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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SHINRONE and Birr lead the way in Group 1 of the Offaly Senior Camogie Championship as both teams maintained their 100% records with impressive wins over the weekend.

SHINRONE and Birr lead the way in Group 1 of the Offaly Senior Camogie Championship as both teams maintained their 100% records with impressive wins over the weekend.

Defending champions Shinrone opened the weekend with a 2-21 to 0-1 victory over a valiant Naomh Brid. Playing against the wind in the first-half, Shinrone lead by ten points with top scorer Michaela Morkan and Michelle Davis adding second-half goals as they cruised to their second brace of points.

Last year’s semi-finalists Birr were equally as impressive on Sunday as they overcame Kinnitty by 2-16 to 1-1. Playing with the wind in the first-half Birr built a 1-11 to 0-1 lead and they closed out the game well against the wind adding another 1-5 while holding Kinnity to a solitary goal. Mairead Dooley was the pick of the players for Birr while an impressive eight players got their name on the scoresheet.

In Group 2 Tullamore opened their campaign in Ballinamere with a 4-10 to 1-7 win over St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh. The sides were level at the break at 2-3 to 1-6 but with the wind in the second-half, Tullamore lead by Sabrina Carroll pulled away to register a 12 point win. The two teams are currently level on the top of Group 2 with Tullamore scheduled to play their outstanding postponed game with St Rynagh’s next weekend.

St Rynagh’s opened their campaign on Sunday what a draw in what proved to be the game of the weekend against Drumcullen in Rath with the game finishing Drumcullen 2-11 St Rynagh’s 3-8. Goals from Siobhan Flannery and Grainne Dolan left them 2-4 to 1-5 ahead at half-time having played with the wind and a third goal from Niamh Clancy extended their lead to five midway through the second-half.

However Drumcullen, looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat to St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh, fought back well with Elaine Dermody top scoring with 11 points. A goal from Eimear Dermody put them in front entering the closing minutes but points from Emma Corcoran and Siobhan Flannery secured a draw for St Rynagh’s.