Pictures and reports from Offaly's U14 camogie finals

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The K Buggy U14 finals took place on Saturday in great sunshine in Coolderry GAA. It was an excellent day of camogie with over 100 girls playing for their club in a final.

There were both tears of joy and sadness, however, on the day, the real winner was the players who took to the pitch and the memories they took home with their friends and family.

Match reports below:

'C' Final Kinnitty v Naomh Bríd

The first game of the day was the 'C' Final Kinnitty v Naomh Bríd. Naomh Brid started the better of the two teams with scores from Molly Hogan, Gillian Loughnane, Rachel Standish and Rachel Ryan. Player of the match Molly Hogan was exceptional for Naomh Brid scoring a massive 6-8 as the talented young player has a great eye for the goal. For Kinnitty Jennifer Higgins was their go-to player who scored Kinnitty’s four goals however it was the home side that excelled to win the game on a scoreline of Naomh Brid  9-16 Kinnitty 4-0. Player of the Match: Molly Hogan.

'B Shield' Final Lusmagh Drumcullen v Shinrone

In the second final of the day, Shinrone defeated Lusmagh/Drumcullen on a scoreline of 10-3 to 1-3. Lusmagh/Drumcullen who competed in last weeks mini Feile competition in Galway struggled to stop the excellent Shinrone forward. The scoreline, however, did not reflect the very exciting game of camogie that the sides provided for each club.  Nichola Cleary was the player of the match as the gifted player covered every blade of grass.  

'B Cup' Final St Rynaghs v Tullamore

In the B shield final, St.Rynaghs were crowned champions fresh from their All-Ireland quarterfinal loss in the Feile last weekend. Taylor Mahon got the scoring underway for St.Rynaghs however Ashline Hughes answered this score with a point of her own for Tullamore. It was all one-way traffic for the remainder of the first half with St.Rynaghs scoring 3-4 from Laoise Regan, Sophie James, Amy Sullivan and Orla Moyan. Tullamore came into the game in the second half with scores from Rebecca Mulpeter, Ashling Hughes and Emily Conlon but St.Rynaghs dominated the game with scores from Cait Hickey, Emma Devery and Amy Sullivan to wrap up the game on a scoreline of St.Rynaghs 5-10 Tullamore 2-2. Player of the Match: Amy Sullivan.

'A Shield Final Birr v St Cillians

In an entertaining, high scoring local derby, St.Cillians defeated Birr on a scoreline of St.Cillians 13-3 Birr 6-4. This match gave great entertainment from start to finish with fine displays of skill courage and hard work from players on both teams. However, within 40 secs of the throw-in, Birr had let Cillians know that they were going to need more than the elements to win this one with a great goal from Birr forwards finishing from a superbly dropped in ball by Aoibhe Carey.

Cillians dug deep and from the puckout they worked the ball into the hands of Caoimhe Donovan who dropped the ball into the back of the Birr net within a minute. There followed a period of dominance by Cillians where Sinead Fallon scored a goal in the 5th minute, Caoimhe Donovan a point in the ninth minute and a goal by Aine Kennedy in the 13th minute, leaving them 3-1 to 1-0 after 15 mins.

Birr were unlucky in the mins that followed winning some great frees in outfield battle but not converting same to scores. The backs on both sides worked extremely hard with Roisin Kinsella from Birr clearing lines repeatedly in this 10 minute period while Aoife Donovan Kate Hogan and Molly Hogan from Cillians had to dig deep to make sure that Birr did not break the Cillian’s defence.

Cillian’s were the next to score with a great ball passed from Aine Kennedy to Sinead Fallon who shook the back of the net in the 21st minute and another Goal by Caoimhe Donovan in the 23rd minute. Again Birr fought back and a super catch by full back Aoibhinn Rice again foiled birrs attempts to get scores and led to a free in for Cillians which was again gathered by Caoimhe Donovan and stuck in the back of the net, followed by another by her in the 27th minute, leaving a scoreline of 7-1 to 1-0. Birr fought so hard for the last three minutes of the first half and after a superb run up the line Aoibhe Carey scored a great point for Birr just before half time leaving it 7-1 -1-1 at half time.

The second half started as frantically as the first ended with great work effort shown by the midfielders of Erica Fogarty, Roisin Molloy and Caoimhe Ginty from Cillians and Caitlin Kennedy and Emma Irwin from Birr. Birr started on top winning and converting a free in the 1st minute and narrowly missing a second point in the third minute with a great clearance off the line by Erica Fogarty from Cillians.

Cillians full backline of Sadbh King, Anna Hoctor and Aoibhinn Rice blended well together to keep the ball out with the forever running Aoife o Donovan appearing everywhere she needed to be to get in clearances. Roisin Molloy and Molly Hogan worked tirelessly, winning ruck ball and moving it forward which led to a Sinead Fallon ably assisted by Isobel Ryan goal in the 6th minute.

Birr fought back hard and Alanna O’Sullivan the Dillians goalkeeper brought off a great save from a free dropped in by Aoibhe Carey. Cillians again were quick to respond when a great attempt for a point by Molly Hogan rebounded off the post was gathered by caoimhe Donovan and blasted to the back of the net in the 8th minute.

This followed quickly by a goal by Aoife stokes who pulled on a Crossfield ball which ended up in the back of the net. Cillians made two substitutions in the 9th minute with Eabha Macdowall taking up sentry duty at cornerback replacing sadbh king and Leah Smyth replacing Aoife stokes at corner forward.

Birr again came back fighting and were unlucky when a great free dropped in by Aoibhe Carey rebounded off a helmet and went over instead of under the bar. At the other end, Sinead Fallon gathered a ball sent in from midfield by Caoimhe Ginty and shook the back of the birr net within a minute. This followed a period of dominance and hard work by Birr which saw them score two goals back to back in the 17th and 18th minutes.

Luckily Caoimhe Ginty who had moved to Cillians full forward position responded when she gathered two balls and scored from both for Cillians in the 20th and 21st minutes. Birr never gave up and pushed Cillians right to the end with goals by them in the 23rd and 25th minutes and Cillians full-back line of Eabha Macdowall Anna Hoctor and Aoibhinn Rice having to give it everything to keep Birr from scoring anymore with some great hard work and clearances that kept the ball out of danger.

With the final puck of the game, it seemed fitting that Caoimhe Donovan (awarded the best and fairest after the match) gathered a ball sent in by her sister Aoife (captain) and scored leaving a final score of 13-3 to 6-4 with Cillians coming out on top.

'A Cup' Final St Sinchills v Kilcormac Killoughey

Spectators were treated to a quick and exciting start in the u14 A Cup final with Aine Rigney for KK smashing the ball to net in the fourth minute. Jane Murray of St.Sinchills answered this goal with a goal of her own three minutes later. KK who were knocked out of the Feile in the All-Ireland quarter-final stage showed great character to score the next six scores totalling 2-4 from Caoimhe Quinn and Orla Kilmartin.

Sarah Dillon did her utmost to keep her team in the game scoring 1-1 while Bridin Walsh also narrowed the gap to raise the green flag before half time but Aideen Guinan added KK’s fifth goal ten seconds from the half time break. St.Sinchills returned the pitch with intent with Molly Kelly scoring a goal within the first minute.

Goal-getter Aideen Guinan found the next twice in four minutes as KK continued to edge in front of St.Sinchills. Scores were exchanged by Sarah Dillon, Aideen Guinan, Coaimhe Quinn, Bridin Walsh however it was KK’s day as they were crowned u14 A cup champions on a scoreline of KK 9-8 St.Sinchills 6-3. Player of the Match: Caoimhe Quinn Kilcormac/Killoughey