St Fergal’s Rathdowney 3-2 Colaiste Mhuire Ennis 3-10
All-Ireland senior ‘D’ semi-final
Today was a tough day of semi-finals for Laois schools. Mountrath hurlers were knocked out of a spot in the Leinster final by Colaiste Cholm, while another Colaiste – this time Colaiste Mhuire – saw off St Fergal’s Rathdowney in the All-Ireland semi-final.
The Ennis side proved to be a tough outfit throughout – and went six points up before St Fergal’s replied.
Tiegan Reilly Bowe landed a fine free to cut the scoring hiatus, while young Clodagh Tynan, already a force to be reckoned with her St Brigid’s club, added another from a long-range free.
Reilly Bowe added a goal from a 40 yard free to put just a point between the teams but Colaiste Mhuire hit back a minute later to leave the sides at Colaiste Mhuire 1-6 St Fergal’s 1-2 at half-time.
St Fergal’s came out all guns blazing and secured a second goal off the stick of Clodagh Tynan from a long-range placed ball to make 2-2 to 1-6.
However Colaiste Mhuire piled on another 1-3 to their tally without reply to make it 2-9 to 2-2 with five minutes left.
Stellar work from goalkeeper Emma Dunphy and full-backs Emily Carroll, Ellen Hennessy and Denise Healy kept out further possibilities of goals for the Clare women.
Both teams traded a goal a piece, with Tynan converting St Fergal’s third. However it was too late for the Laois school to claw back the difference and it finished St Fergal’s 3-2 Colaiste Mhuire 3-10.
Today ends a stellar year for the St Fergal’s senior camogie team.
They comprehensively defeated Kilbeggan, Westmeath to make it through to the Leinster final.
Here, they managed a magnificent feat of winning the Leinster final against the Kilkenny side of Coláiste Mhuire, Johnstown by 1-5 to 5 points on Saturday, January 19.
However there is another semi-final to look forward to for trainer Fergal Ryan and co.
The junior All-Ireland semi-final takes place in Rathdowney on Saturday, February 23 where a big support is encouraged to cheer on the Laois representatives.
SCORERS – St Fergal’s Rathdowney: Tiegan Reilly Bowe 1-1, Clodagh Tynan 2-2
ST FERGAL’S RATHDOWNEY: Emma Dunphy; Emily Carroll, Ellen Hennessy, Denise Healy; Holly Bowe, Clodagh Tynan, Niamh Bracken; Tiegan Reilly-Bowe, Gemma Bowe; Chloe O’Riordan, Zoe Daly, Alannah Tynan; Ava Coss, Catherine Galbraith, Shona Jones. Subs: Emily McCane and Ella Hayes