Home GAA Camogie Camross hold off brave Harps challenge to reach camogie final once again

Camross hold off brave Harps challenge to reach camogie final once again

Camross 1-11 The Harps 0-9
Laois Camogie Semi-Final

The second semi-final today saw Camross through to yet another Camogie county final after a hard fought win over The Harps.

Alice Walsh took this game by the scruff of the neck from the off, converting a free inside the opening minute. Camross got up and running as the impressive Kirsten Keenan responded.

The Harps began to gain more and more confidence as Theresa Bennet pointed from her own half. A short time later and a loose ball broke out towards Walsh some 50 metres out.

She danced and ducked her way along the sideline before scoring over her shoulder in the corner. Described by many as simply ridiculous.

Camross began to win ball in their half forward line and feed ball into the dangerous duo of Scully and Keenan inside. The latter pointed three points in a row to draw level.

Sara Cuddy popped up for a smart score off of a break but Player Of The Match, Alice Walsh, responded yet again for The Harps.

With the sides level nearing half-time, Camross raised a green flag. Keenan never gave up and after she blocked down Niamh McClearn, the ball fell to Sara Cuddy who scored into the empty net.

This left Camross ahead by three at the break. Rather luckily as The Harps had dominated for large parts.

The game struggled to take off in the second with The Harps being very physical in trying to slow down the potentially devastating Camross attack.

Keenan converted a 45 to get her team on the scoreboard once more. The Harps were doing trojan work, but lack of firepower meant they struggled to claw back the deficit.

Points from Cuddy and Boyhan extended the lead again midway through the second. With 50 minutes on the clock , Walsh pointed from the 21. It was The Harp’s first score of the second half.

This gave The Harps some belief as the dangerous Laura Saunders pointed. However Camross, although they were struggling in the middle third, were not fazed and two late scores from Keenan put them six clear.

Rather fittingly Walsh scored the last point of the game but at the final whistle it was Camross who were the victors with five points to spare.

The girls in black and amber now go on to face St Brigid’s in the County Final after they upset the odds agaisnt O’Moore’s in the other semi-final.

SCORERS – Camross: Kirsten Keenan 0-8 (three frees, 2 45′), Sara Cuddy 1-2, Lauren Boyhan 0-1 The Harps: Alice Walsh 0-7 (three frees), Theresa Bennet 0-1, Laura Saunders 0-1

CAMROSS: Niamh Dollard; Fiona Scully, Mairead Burke, Elizabeth Ryan; Aimee Collier, Olga Parkinson, Shauna Cuddy; Lauren Boyhan, Claire Fitzgerald; Sarah Ann Fitzgerald, Aoife Burke, Síle Burke; Andrea Scully, Sara Cuddy; Kirsten Keenan. Subs: Aisling Burke for Shauna Cuddy (47) Dawn Mortimer for Boyhan (52) Maeve Collier for Olga Parkinson

THE HARPS: Niamh McClearn; Roisín Phelan, Elaine Spencer, Jade Bergin; Rachael Bergin, Joan Dollard, Claire Walsh; Molly O’Connor, Joanne Prior; Sarah Broderick, Theresa Bennet, Alice Walsh; Laura Saunders, Aoife Phelan, Edel Costigan. Subs: Eimear Fitzpatrick for A Phelan (44), Miriam Dalton for R Bergin (55)

REFEREE: John Lalor

SEE ALSO – St Brigid’s upset the odds to knock out champions O’Moore’s in camogie semi-final