PTELECTRIC U14 B Offaly Camogie Final

St. Cillian's emerge with crown after ten-goal thriller

Justin Kelly

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St. Cillian's emerge with crown after ten-goal thriller

Karen Leonard presents Sarah Freeman with the PTELECTRIC U14 B final player of the game award

St Cillian’s 5-9

St Rynaghs 5-6

Despite a quick-scoring start, St Rynaghs could not put the St Cillian’s team away and the onslaught from them in the second half served to dash St Rynaghs chances of raising the cup for 2018 in what were very hot and draining conditions for the players.

St Rynaghs opened the final with intent with 1-1 on the board within the first five minutes. Katie O'Connell popped the ball over the bar from a free giving St.Rynaghs a very comfortable lead in the opening minutes of the game. There was impressive displays of camogie on show by both sides throughout and in the 9th minute Katie O’Connell sent in a ball to the square which was dutifully batted in to the back of the net by Sophie James.

St.Cillians eventually weathered the storm and started to gain their own momentum. St Cillian’s earned a free in the 10th minute which was sent over the bar by Sarah Freeman. Caoimhe O’Donovan stepped up to send a ball to the square which found its way to the back of the St Rynaghs net. Roisin Pinches and Sarah Freeman added points for the blue and white side making the scoreline 2-2 to 1-3 in favour of St.Rynaghs mid-way through the first half.

St Rynaghs then picked up a gear and stormed into the lead, two goals in five minutes pushing them nine points ahead as the signs began to look ominous for St.Cillians. Sophie James again found the net when she flicked a ’45 into the net when it landed in the danger zone. Katie O’Connell followed up with another point giving the feile B champions a comfortable cushion before half time.

Sarah Freeman did her best to bring her side back into the game answering St.Rynaghs with a free. It was tit for tat then as Katie O’Connell pointed a free with Freeman answering once again in the 30th minute. At half time it was 4-04 to St Rynaghs and 2-05 to St Cillian’s.

St.Cillians returned to the pitch a new team as the crowd were treated to an excellent second half with a nail biting finish. St.Rynagh’s Katie O’Connell continued her scoring thread finding the posts from a free in the opening minutes of the second half.

Wing back Aoife O’Donovan answered O’Connells free with a point to eat away at the Rynaghs lead. Substitute Vada McCormack made her presence known scoring a point in the 8th minute to keep St.Rynaghs ticking over. 4

The game looked all over mid-way through the half when the ball was dropped short and batted into the back of the net. However, St Cillian’s did not drop the heads and they rallied. Player of the match Sarah Freeman excelled for the final fifteen minutes setting up goals and scoring a free as she was deadly accurate from placed balls all day.

St.Cillians would strike a telling blow in the final 10 minutes as a series of well worked scores involving a point from the industrious Aoife O Donovan and Sarah Freeman smashing the ball to the back off the net meant the u14 B cup was heading south to St.Cillians.

Teams:

St.Cillians: Alana O Sullivan,  Kate Hogan, Aoibhinn Rice, Sinead Fallon, Kacey Larkin, Aoife O Donovan, Skye Coughlan, Caoimhe O Donovan, Aine Kennedy, Molly Hogan, Sarah Freeman, Erica Fogarty, Anna Hoctor, Roisin Pinches, Roisin Molloy 

St.Rynaghs: Holly Boylan, Karen Healy, Tara Butler, Katelynn Mongan, Cait Hickey, Amy Sullivan, Eva Flannery, Katie O’Connell, Brionna O’Connor, Aoife Cahill, Emma Foy, Emma Nevin, Orla Moylan, Sophie James, Emma Devery

Player of the match: Sarah Freeman

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