O’Moore’s 4-12 St Brigid’s 1-5
Laois Camogie Championship Semi-final
Champions O’Moore’s were on fire in Mountrath on Saturday evening as they dismantled the challenge of St Brigid’s to put themselves in the county final once again.
O’Moore’s, who claimed last year’s honours, produced a strong and skilful display where their marquee forward Laura Marie Maher had a big part to play in their attacking play.
It took ten minutes for the opening score of the game, as both sides struggled to come to terms with the windy and slippery conditions, but O’Moore’s wing forward Rebecca Williams put over a 30 yards effort. That was quickly followed up by two points by Laura Marie Maher and Mary Keating.
Then came the opening goal as Laura Marie Maher snuck in behind to catch a long ball turn and stick the ball into the net. She furthered the damage just moments later as she put over a free to make it 1-4 to no score after 18 minutes. Clodagh Tynan then pucked over St Brigids’ first score with a lucky flick from a speculative Aisling O’Dea effort.
The St Brigid’s side were struggling to get the ball into their forwards as their backs dominated any ball that came in towards them. Wing back Casey Conroy and full back Rosemarie Bermingham particularly stood out as they won most of the battles that came their way.
The opening half ended as it started with O’Moore’s dominating proceedings and knocking over another four points. Two points from the impressive Rebecca Williams and a point each for Keating and Peake left the sides 1-8 to 0-1 at the break.
Things didn’t get any better for St Brigid’s after half time as Laura Peake flicked home O’Moores second goal. Clodagh Tynan grabbed her and her team’s second score for Brigid’s but that was soon followed by another goal for O’Moore’s. Mary Keating found space and drove towards goal before placing the sliothar in the top right corner.
Laura Marie Maher added another free before Amy Loughman grabbed her side’s fourth and final goal with a neat finish into the Brigid’s net. St Brigid’s then finally found a little spark as Ann Marie Purcell’s free managed to find the back of the net. Laura Marie Maher added her fourth point before she picked up a knock and made way to leave the sides 4-11 to 1-2 with 15 minutes to go.
Amy Loughman took over the free duties for O’Moore’s but there was no change she knocked over her second point. Brigid’s grabbed the final three scores of the match as Eimear Guidera, Clodagh Tynan and Aisling O’Dea all raised the white flag but it was too little too late as O’Moore’s ran out comprehensive winners 4-12 to 1-5.
SCORERS – O’Moore’s: Laura Marie Maher 1-4 (0-2 frees), Mary Keating 1-2, Amy Loughman 1-2 (0-1 free), Laura Peake 1-1, Rebecca Williams 0-3. St Brigid’s: Clodagh Tynan 0-3, Ann Marie Purcell 1-0 (free), Eimear Guidera 0-1 (free), Aisling O’Dea 0-1.
O’MOORE’S: Erin Murray; Lynn O’Callaghan, Rosemarie Bermingham, Emma McEvoy; Aoife Hyland, Alison McEvoy, Casey Conroy; Jenny McEvoy, Joyce Dunne; Rebecca Williams, Amy Loughman, Liadan C-Fennell; Mary Keating, Laura Peake, Laura Marie Maher. Subs: Aisling Bohan, Yvonne O’Neill, Rachel Walsh, Caoimhe Callaly, Catriona Downey.
ST BRIGID’S: Laura Dunne; Laura Finlay, Roisin Kilmartin, Danielle Healy; Margaret Fitzpatrick, Maggie Hogan, Sarah Creagh; Ann Marie Purcell, Clodagh Tynan; Jessica Quinlan, Grainne Hyland, Amy Quinlan; Eimear Guidera, Aisling O’Dea, Eimear Moynan. Subs: Alanna Tynan, Sharon Moylan Catherine Gailbraith, Emily Carroll.