O’Moores 3-8 Cuala 1-9
Leinster intermediate camogie preliminary round
The fruits of O’Moores labour were made worthwhile today as they defeated Dublin intermediate champions Cuala to make it to the next stage of the Leinster championship.
Playing into a strong breeze in the first-half, a Mary Keating got the ball rolling on frees for Dermot McGill’s side with her first of three going over. Erin Murray and Amy Loughman followed this up, while Amy O’Callaghan tormented Cuala goalkeeper Clodagh Sheehan with her sheer will, skill and determination putting not one – but two – sliotars into the net before half-time.
Rosemarie Bermingham worked intelligently in sending ball to loose players inside while the half-back line of Aoife Hyland, Alison McEvoy and Jenny McEvoy stopped Cuala from creating too many chances – and the chances they did get were won expertly inside by Lynn O’Callaghan and Emma McEvoy.
A Sinead Wylde point would be Cuala’s only score of the first-half as O’Moores went in 3-6 to 0-1 at half-time.
A tale of two halves
The second half proved to be a much slower affair on the scoring front, with O’Moores main emphasis turning to keeping Wylde, Jennifer Dunne and Roisin O’Grady at bay. Wylde tapped over two more, while Dunne, Sinead Murphy and Rachel Hartnett pushed Donal Murphy’s side to gather eight points in the second half, with O’Moores managing to get just the two from Amy Loughman.
However the lead from the first-half held, and even a Wylde free which launched into the back of the O’Moores net was not enough to overturn the scoring difference and O’Moores walked away five point victors – 3-8 to 1-9.
O’Moores now face the Wexford champions in Wexford on Sunday, October 14.
SCORERS -O’Moores: Amy O’Callaghan 2-1, Erin Murray 1-2, Amy Loughman 0-3 Mary Keating 0-3 (0-2 frees)
O’MOORES: Becky Williams; Caitriona Downey, Emma McEvoy, Lynn O’Callaghan; Aoife Hyland, Alison McEvoy, Jenny McEvoy; Casey Conroy, Joyce Dunne; Mary Keating, Rosemarie Bermingham, Laura Peake; Erin Murray, Amy Loughman, Amy O’Callaghan. Subs: Niamh Gleeson for E Murray (55 minutes)