St Brigid’s 2-11 O’Moore’s 2-9
Laois Camogie Semi-Final
St Brigid’s upset the odds in Mountrath this afternoon as they deservedly beat Laois camogie champions O’Moore’s to book their place in the final against Camross.
Both sides were even from the off, but O’Moore’s could not cope with St Brigid’s intensity and hard tackling in the middle third.
Mary Keating got the first score with a spectacular run and point. Tara Corrigan responded quickly with a long free.
Both sides seemed nervy and were failing to convert chances. Keating scored a ’45 to take the lead but Corrigan cancelled this out with a ’45 of her own.
With ten minutes to go to half-time, Laura Marie Maher plucked the ball from the sky. She jinked past two before floating the ball over the bar off her hurl from the 45. An inspirational score for O’Moore’s.
Despite this the game did not open up but this suited St Brigids and two scores from Grainne Hyland and Aisling O’Dea put them ahead once more.
Player of the Match, Clodagh Tynan, eased a point over from the half-way line to give St Brigid’s a two point lead at half-time, 0-6 to 0-4.
Early sub for O’Moore’s, Casey Conroy, brought to O’Moores’ midfield to life as she picked up break after break. To O’Moore’s frustration the final pass was not going to hand.
The same could not be said for St Brigid’s as Corrigan and Hyland pushed them ahead. With 42 minutes gone the game would explode into to life.
Niamh Coss pounced on a long ball into the square to raise a green flag. Two minutes later and she would repeat the dose.
Becky Williams was shepherding a long ball wide when Coss snuck a hurl around the O’Moores keeper to flick the ball into the empty net.
Keating responded immediately with a point and she would score a goal from the resulting puckout.
Laura Marie Maher set her up and despite a deflection the ball ended up in the net. This put a goal between them.
With the clock at 30 Hyland pointed once more for St Brigid’ss to extend the lead.
With O Moores looking dead, Maher picked up a ball and passed to Joyce Dunne. The pair took on the mass of defenders by themselves and it ended with Dunne hammering home a goal.
Four minutes into injury time and Laura Peake hit an equaliser after tremendous work from Maher again. O’Moore’s thought they had robbed a draw.
But with 37 minutes gone St Brigid’s won a free 40 metres out. Corrigan hadn’t missed all day and she wasn’t going to start now as she put her side ahead.
Quinlan fired over another point to make sure St Brigid’s deservedly toppled O’Moores as they reach a long awaited County Final.
SCORERS – O’Moore’s: Mary Keating 0-7 (three frees, one ’45), Laura Marie Maher 1-1, Joyce Dunne 1-0, Laura Peake 0-1. St Brigid’s: Niamh Coss 2-0, Tara Corrigan 0-4 (three frees, one ’45), Grainne Hyland 0-3, Clodagh Tynan, Jessie Quinlan, Eimear Guidera, Aisling O’Dea 0-1 each.
O’MOORE’S: Rebecca Williams; Lynn O’Callaghan, Jenny McEvoy, Liadan C. Fennell; Aisling Bohan, Alison McEvoy, Rachel Williams; Rosemarie Bermingham, Caoimhe Callally; Laura Peake, Amy Loughman, Joyce Dunne; Mary Keating, Laura Marie Maher, Niamh Gleeson. Subs: Casey Conroy for Callally (19), Meaghan Dunne for Boyhan (40), Aileen O’Loughlin for Gleeson (44) Alison Hyland for O’Callaghan.
ST BRIGID’S: Laura Dunne; Danielle Healy, Maggie Hogan, Amy Quinlan; Emily Carroll, Clodagh Tynan, Roisin Kilmartin; Jessie Quinlan, Sarah Creagh; Eimear Guidera, Grainne Hyland, Laura Finlay; Tiegan Reilly-Bowe, Niamh Coss, Aisling O’Dea. Subs:Gemma Hoare for Reilly-Bowe(51)
REFEREE: Brochan O’Reilly (Portlaoise)