Historic first Leinster U-16A title for Offaly

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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Offaly recorded a first ever win in the Leinster U-16A Camogie Championship as they recorded a one point win over a talented Dublin side.

Offaly recorded a first ever win in the Leinster U-16A Camogie Championship as they recorded a one point win over a talented Dublin side.

Leinster U-16A Camogie Final

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Offaly 2-8

Dublin 1-10

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Offaly have come close to making the breakthrough in recent years but on Sunday they finished the job with a superb team display.

Sarah Harding netted both the goals while at the end, the defence held out superbly as Dublin threw everything forward in search of an equaliser.

Offaly made a blistering start to the game with the wind with Harding opening the scoring with a goal and she followed that up with a point soon after.

Offaly continued to pile on the pressure and points from Grace Teehan and Roisin Egan left them 1-4 to 0-0 ahead with just ten minutes gone.

Julia Buckley eventually opened Dublin’s account after 16 minutes and two further points gave the side from the capital a foothold in the game.

It remainded 1-4 to 0-3 to the break before Roisin Egan put Offaly back into a five point lead on the restart but Dublin responded to keep the game close. A point from Grace Teehan extended Offaly’s advantage before Sarah Harding struck for her second goal to put Offaly 2-8 to 0-4 ahead with just 12 minutes to go.

Dublin fought back well late in the game with the advantage of the wind and six unanswered points got them back within four.

They struck for a late goal four minutes into injury-time from Grace O’Shea but Offaly held on to claim an historic win.

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Offaly Scorers: Sarah Harding 2-1; Grace Teehan 0-4; Roisin Egan 0-3

Offaly panel: Aoife Sweeney, Sinead Moran, Aoibhe Whelahan, Megan King, Orla Gorman, Aisling Brennan, Shiofra Ryan, Clodagh Mccormack, Roisin Egan, Ciara Brennan, Sarah Walsh, Aideen Freeman, Grace Teehan, Sarah Harding, Louise Flannery, Becky Troy, Emer Buckley, Aoife McLoughlin, Niamh Killeen, Una Kilmartin, Diane Mahon, Niamh Larkin, Dara Hanamy, Aoife Gilligan, Keelan Guilfoyle, Elizabeth Harding, Sinead Flannery, Leah Gath, Hannah Plunkett, Marissa Cleary, Moya Griffin.