St Brigid’s 2-10 The Harps 0-7
Laois Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi Final
St Brigid’s booked a place in this year’s intermediate camogie county final following a superb victory over The Harps tonight in Mountrath.
Aisling O’Dea’s unerring accuracy from placed balls, Tara Corrigan’s prowess in front of goals, the excellent defending of Clodagh Tynan and Roisin Kilmartin, along with the fine shot stopping of Laura Dunne – proved to be the difference in the end.
The Harps got proceedings underway with a point through Theresa Bennett.
However, St Brigid’s quickly replied with their first goal of the game. Clodagh Tynan played a high ball into the square which led to a scramble for possession and the ball eventually popped out to Tara Corrigan who blasted the ball into the net.
In a matter of minutes St Brigid’s added another goal to their tally as Tynan once again pumped a high ball into the area and it looked like Corrigan got the telling touch to extend their lead.
Alice Walsh and Aisling O’Dea traded frees while Gemma Hoare pointed from close range to maintain St Brigid’s comprehensive lead.
As we approached halftime, Jade Bergin ran through the heart of the Brigid’s defence and played the ball to Lucy O’Connor but her effort was expertly saved by Laura Dunne to leave seven points between the sides at the break – St Brigid’s 2-6 The Harps 0-5
The second half saw a very cagey affair as both defences dominated – ensuring a low scoring half.
We waited nearly 15 minutes for the first score of the half when Aisling O’Dea converted a free. As the clock ticked down The Harps began to go for goals in order to claw their way back into the game.
St Brigid’s were resolute at the back thanks to efforts from full back Roisin Kilmartin and centre back Clodagh Tynan, while Laura Dunne continued to pull off some marvellous saves to keep them in touching distance of the final.
As The Harps pushed more players forward, they became stretched at the back which allowed St Brigid’s to pick them off on the break.
Points from Eimear Guideara and O’Dea helped to secure Brigid’s win and subsequently their place in the final.
With champions Camross knocked out by 2018 champions O’Moore’s in the other semi final, a wide open decider looks likely.
SCORERS – St Brigids: Tara Corrigan 2-1, Aisling O’Dea 0-5 (all frees), Sarah Creagh 0-1, Gemma Hoare 0-1, Eimear Guideara 0-1, Cathy Galbraith 0-1. The Harps: Alice Walsh 0-4 (all frees), Theresa Bennett 0-2, Joan Dollard 0-1 free.
ST BRIGID’S: Laura Dunne; Amy Quinlan, Roisin Kilmartin, Aoife Finlay; Laura Finlay, Clodagh Tynan, Eimear Hyland; Jessica Quinlan, Sarah Creagh; Aisling O’Dea, Anne Marie Purcell, Grainne Hyland; Gemma Hoare, Tara Corrigan, Cathy Galbraith. Subs: Eimear Guideara for Hyland (50), Tiegan Reilly Bowe for Galbraith (54), Aiva Coss for Purcell (60).
THE HARPS: Miriam Dalton; Roisin Phelan, Elaine Spencer, Grainne Phelan; Rachel Bergin, Joan Dollard, Jennifer Cass; Joanne Prior, Jade Bergin; Alice Walsh, Sarah Broderick, Molly O’Connor; Lucy O’Connor, Theresa Bennett, Aoife Phelan. Subs: Niamh Dunne for Broderick (46).
REFEREE: Ronan Devanny (Camross)