Camross 2-9 O’Moores 0-10
Laois intermediate championship
It was Camross who came out on top of this battle of the county finalists today in Rosenallis.
This opening round of the championship meeting could not have been more highly anticipated, certainly not between these two teams.
Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald put in a blinder of a performance, sweeping up loose ball to send into her full-forward line of Kirsten Keenan and Sara Cuddy, who both raised the green flag to send Camross into a six point advantage at half-time.
Fitzgerald and Maeve Collier also converted to bring the black and amber’s tally to 2-5 for the opening half, while O’Moores struck back through last year’s Player of the Year Mary Keating with three points and Laois intermediate Amy Loughman with two.
The first half finished 2-5 to Camross, five points to O’Moores.
The home side were first out of the blocks in the second half, Keating adding a fourth to her total after three minutes.
However the county champions hit a number of balls short into Camross goalkeeper Niamh Dollard – five in total in the second half – to leave their deficit at five points.
Amy Loughman burst through the crowds to bring O’Moores up to seven points before Camross centre-forward Sile Burke sent the sliotar over the crossbar for her first of the game.
Rosemarie Bermingham launched O’Moores’ next attack – giving the sliotar off to Becky Williams who sailed the ball straight over the upright to make it eight points to 2-6.
Williams gathered another point shortly afterwards, as wing-forward Laura Peake soloed down the field after receiving the puckout to find her number who lodged it over.
Substitute Casey Conroy made it 10 points to the home team to leave just two between the sides before Camross found form to chip ahead.
An O’Moores clearance from the full-back line was picked up by Fitzgerald while McEvoy sisters – Alison and Jenny – fended off attacks on goals throughout the second half.
Youth came to the fore for Camross as Keenan won and converted her own free to make it 2-8 while substitute Andrea Scully – who has played her third match in three days after being a part of the All-Ireland minor and U16 Leinster winning Laois teams – made it 2-9 to finish the proceedings of the day.
The game ended 2-9 to Camross, 10 points to O’Moores.
SCORERS – Camross: Kirsten Keenan 1-1 (0-1 frees), Sara Cuddy 1-1, Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald 0-4, Sile Burke 0-1, Maeve Collier 0-1 O’Moores: Mary Keating 0-4, Amy Loughman 0-3, Becky Williams 0-2, Casey Conroy 0-1
CAMROSS: Niamh Dollard; Fiona Scully, Mairead Burke, Lizzy Ryan; Shauna Cuddy, Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald, Aisling Burke; Lauren Boyhan, Clare Fitzgerald; Donnagh Mortimer, Sile Burke, Aoife Burke; Sara Cuddy, Kirsten Keenan, Maeve Collier Subs: Andrea Scully for A Burke (42 minutes – injured),
O’MOORES: Roisin Dowling; Aisling Bohan, Jenny McEvoy, Aimee Singleton; Aoife Hyland, Alison McEvoy, Caoimhe Callaly; Rosemarie Bermingham, Joyce Dunne; Laura Peake, Mary Keating, Niamh Gleeson; Amy Loughman, Becky Williams, Ruth Williams. Subs: Casey Conroy for C Callaly (half-time), Rachael O’Connor for A Singleton (half-time), Aileen O’Loughlin for R Williams (half-time), Lorna O’Sullivan for N Gleeson, Amy O’Callaghan for J Dunne (injured)
Referee: John Lalor (Castletown)
St Brigid’s 2-15 The Harps 2-4
Laois intermediate championship
Errill played host to this meeting of St Brigid’s versus The Harps – with a tough battle ensuing for both teams to get the opening win of the club championship.
St Brigid’s went 1-5 ahead before The Harps put scores on the board through Laura Saunders and Molly O’Connor.
Teresa Bennett delievered their third while the home side struck a goal and a point to bring the tally to 2-6 to three points at half-time.
The Harps hit back immediately in the first half, with Laura Saunders supplying her second point while Teresa Bennett sent in a goal for her side. With only six minutes gone in the second half, it was St Brigids 2-8 The Harps 1-4.
However St Brigid’s raised the white flag five times before Aoife Phelan hit the net for The Harps to make it 2-13 to 2-4 with 23 minutes gone in the latter half. The game finished St Brigid’s 2-15 The Harps 2-4.