Mountrath Community School 1-3 Abbey Community College Ferrybank 3-4
Leinster ‘B’ Camogie Semi-Final
A cold and blustry day in Camross GAA pitch set the scene for the Leinster ‘B’ camogie semi-final today.
Mountrath Community School took on Abbey Community College, a hurling stronghold on the Waterford-Kilkenny border and were unfortunate to leave the pitch with the seven point defeat.
Mountrath were the first to put a score on the board at the hands of Cora Cuddy in the first minute. Kirsten Keenan was unlucky not to add another to the board with a strong wind bringing her free wide.
Keenan came back with a goal chance in the fifth minute and the possession stayed mainly in the Abbey half of the pitch for the first ten minutes.
Abbey’s wing forward Afton Grace was on top-form and narrowly missed a free from the 65′ yard line.
Mountrath centre-back Aimee Collier cleared exceptional ball in the first half and kept the Abbey forwards on a short lease.
Keenan had another chance at goal on the ground and didn’t hesitate to whip the ball into the back of the net. This was followed by a series of super saves from Mountrath goalkeeper Aedín lowry to keep the side four points in the lead.
Afron Grace slotted the ball over in the 30th minute to leave the sides Mountrath 1-1 Abbey 0-1 at half-time.
A tale of two halves
Abbey came out with renewed energy and seemed to grab a better hold on conditions in the second-half.
Abbey’s number 14 Orla Phelan ripped open the goal in the first minute with Grace adding a point minutes later.
Mountrath were not to be discouraged and added another to the board off the stick of the young Áine Cuddy.
Grace hit back with another score in the eighth minute to edge the Waterfrod side a point ahead before striking a huge blow to Mountrath with a free that ended up in the back of the net.
Although four points behind, Mountrath upped the work rate and players like Áine Cuddy and Jessie Quinlan came into their own.
Keenan added another point to their tally but Abbey weren’t going to let their lead slip.
Grace stepped up with another free in the 29th minute and brilliant play from Eve Lacey to full-forward Orla Phelan set up Abbey’s third goal.
The score ended Mountrath 1-3 Abbey CC 3-4.
SCORERS – MOUNTRATH: Kirsten Keenan 1-2, Cora Cuddy 0-1, Áine Cuddy 0-1 ABBEY CC: Orla Phelan 2-0 Afton Grace 1-4, (0-2 frees)
MOUNTRATH – Aedín Lowry; Trisha Lowry, Amy Quinlan, Shauna Kirwan; Izzy Donnery, Aimee Collier, Caoimhe Ryan; Jessie Quinlan, Sara Cuddy; Lily McCormack, Áine Cuddy, Caoimhe Lowry; Erin Cole, Kirsten Keenan, Cora Cuddy. Subs: Claire Abbott, Brona Lawlor, Ciara Bannon, Luisna Delaney, Gráinne Delaney, Ciara Lawlor, Fianna Byrne.
ABBEY CC – Aoife Slattery; Anna Malone, Áine Phelan, Kathlyn Roche; Kate Sheridan, Laura Mulcair, Alanna Gallagher; Eve Lowry, Úna Kinsella; Caroline Kennedy, Jane Rochford, Afton Grace; Gráinne Heffernan, Orla Phelan , Alannah Dolan.