St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh made the dream start to their Offaly Senior Camogie Championship campaign with a fully deserved five point win over 2012 beaten finalists Drumcullen in Lusmagh on Sunday.
Senior Camoige Championship Rd 1
St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh 1-17
Jean Brady was the star of the show scoring 13 points from centre forward in a superb individual performance. Having played against the wind in the first half, St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh led by 1-6 to 1-4 at the break thanks to a goal just before half-time from Aofie Kelly and they pushed on in the second-half and gradually pulled away with Brady picking off points at her ease.
St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh’s quartet around the midfield, Karen Brady, Aoife Kelly, Katie Keyes and Jean Brady laid the foundation for the win while Offaly minor star Lauren Keenehan was very much to the fore in the second-half.
Drumcullen, who were without the services of ten players from last year’s panel, fielded a very young side with all but one of their backline, including the goalkeeper, under 20 years of age.
The younger players acquitted themselves well however apart from Elaine Dermody who scored 1-5 and Ann Marie Guinan, Drumcullen struggled to make an impact against the St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh defence.
With the wind in the first-half Drumcullen also spurrned a raft of chances hitting nine wides and just five scores.
A goal from Ann Marie Guinan six minutes after the restart kept them in the game but they only added a further 1-1 for the remainder of the game with the goal coming in injury-time from Elaine Dermody.
Over the hour however St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh were worthy winners and they started strongly into the wind opening up an early three point lead with Aoife Kelly and Jean Brady (2) finding the target.
After four early wides, Drumcullen began to find their range and three point in a row from Elaine Dermody drew them level. Jean Brady put St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh back in front but Drumcullen responded with a goal from Sinead Colgan who reacted quickest to a lose ball close to goal after Elaine Dermody’s long range shot had been well saved by Claire Bermingham.
A brace of points from the on form Jean Brady drew the sides level before midfielder Aoife Kelly unleashed a powerful drive to the back of the net to put St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh three points clear.
They almost had a second goal but Siobhan Kinsella in the Drumcullen goal made a good save to keep her side in the game.
Elaine Dermody pulled a point back for Drumcullen before the break but her side trailed by two points and would face into the wind in the second-half.
Michelle Hogan reduced the gap to one shortly after the restart but St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh hit back with another two points from Jean Brady. A goal from Ann Marie Guinan got Drumcullen back on level terms six minutes into the half but three points from Jean Brady and one from Alanna Cahill put daylight between the sides.
A point from Elaine Dermody briefly stopped the slide for Drumcullen but three more points from Jean Brady and one from Roisin Keenehan made the game safe for St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh.
In the closing seconds Elaine Dermody found the back of the net from a free for Drumcullen but that was only a consolation score as the final whistle went soon after.
Scorers: St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh: Jean Brady 0-13 (0-3f, 0-1 ‘45); Aoife Kelly 1-1; Roisin Keenehan 0-1; Katie Keyes 0-1; Alanna Cahill 0-1. Drumcullen: Elaine Dermody 1-5 (1-4f); Sinead Colgan 1-0; Ann Marie Guinan 1-0; Michelle Hogan 0-1
St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh: Claire Bermingham; Lisa Gardiner; Cliona Mahon, Sorcha McCann; Niamh Larkin, Karen Brady, Lisa Brady; Aoife Kelly, Katie Keyes; Lauren Keenahan, Jean Brady, Sharon Boland; Alanna Cahill, Leanne Kelly, Roisin Keenehan. Subs: Kathy Martin for Sorcha McCann, Leanne Dempsey for Alanna Cahill.
Drumcullen: Siobhan Kinsella; Shauna Moran, Niamh Reid, Laura Dermody; Aoife Troy, Karen Connolly, Amy Spain; Fiona Stephens, Elaine Fleury; Aine Kinsella, Elaine Dermody, Michelle Hogan; Eimear Dermody, Ann Marie Guinan, Sinead Colgan.
Referee: Declan Cooke