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Maher fires O’Moores into county final as champions knocked out

O'Moore's put their Laois camogie title on the line in the championship semi-final against St Brigid's on Saturday

O’Moore’s 1-14 Camross 1-12
Laois Camogie Championship Semi Final 

O’Moores recorded an emphatic win over rivals Camross to book their place in this years county final. The game swung back and forward but O’Moores’ key players shone bright when it mattered most.

Camross started off stronger however and were three points up after eight minutes. Sile Burke, Kirsten Keenan and Sarah Ann Fitzgerald all pointing from distance.

O’Moores did break through on goal but Amy McKane was denied by a last ditch hook from Aisling Burke. Laura Marie Maher finally settled O’Moores with a 45 a few minutes later.

O’Moores won the resulting puckout and once again Amy McKane found herself one on one with the Camross keeper but Dollard stood strong to save and clear.

The game was in full flow now and Sarah Cuddy rounded her marker at the other end and forced a fine save from O’Moores’ keeper Amy O’Callaghan.

Kirsten Keenan and Maher traded points before McKane was proved to be third time lucky. Joyce Dunne put here through after a brilliant run and McKane kicked it into the net to put O’Moores ahead.

Both teams were tackling and hitting hard and as a result the next scores didn’t come for seven minutes. Andrea Scully scored from a tight angle and Sarah Ann Fitzgerald pointed from a free.

Liaden C. Fennell finished a fine passing move to put O’Moores up by two nearing half-time. Camross replied again though and points from the ever dangerous Sarah Cuddy and Keenan saw the teams level at 1-5 to 0-8 at the half.

Camross started the better team in the second, Grainne Delaney pointed with her first touch. Soon after Aimee Collier pinged a shot towards the top corner but was acrobatically denied by O’Callaghan in the O’Moores goals.

A point from Becky Williams and two from Maher, one of which saw her run the length of the field, put O’Moores ahead once more.

However momentum would swing once again a few minutes later. A long free into the O’Moores square was pulled on skilfully in the air by Sarah Cuddy for a Camross green flag.

Keenan added a free to add insult to injury but three frees on the bounce from Maher levelled the game with five to go.

Maher pointed yet again but this was cancelled out by Lynda Keyes from a tight angle. McKane popped up with two minutes left. She scored off balance, to put O’Moores ahead.

Camross pushed up the field and Amy Loughman caught them on the break. She was pulled down for a penalty. Maher stepped up and chose to take her point.

No goal materialised for Camross in the last few seconds and the suffered a heart breaking defeat after such a close affair. O’Moores’ dangerous inside line ultimately was the difference as they reach the final for the first time since 2018 ,having lost the semi to St Brigids last year.

SCORERS – O’Moore’s: Laura Marie Maher 0-10 (four frees, two ’45s, one penalty), Amy McKane 1-1, Joyce Dunne, Liaden C-Fennell and Becky Wiliiams 0-1 each,  Camross: Kirsten Keenan 0-4 (three frees), Sarah Cuddy 1-1, Sarah Anen Fitzgerald and Andrea Scully 0-2 each, Sile Burke, Grainne Delaney and Lynda Keyes 0-1 each.

O’MOORE’S: Amy O’Callaghan; Emma McEvoy, Jenny McEvoy, Aisling Bohan; Rosemarie Bermangham, Alison McEvoy, Rachel Williams; Liaden C-Fennell, Amy Loughman; Rebecca Williams, Laura Peake, Joyce Dunne, Laura Marie Maher, Lorna O’Sullivan, Amy McKane. Subs: Ellen Conroy for C-Fennell (45), Erin Murray for O’Sullivan (53)

CAMROSS: Niamh Dollard; Fiona Scully, Mairead Burke, Aisling Burke; Olga Parkinson, Sarah Ann Fitzgerald, Aoife Collier; Lynda Keyes, Clare Fitzgerald; Andrea Scully, Kirsten Keenan, Aimee Collier; Aoife Burke, Sile Burke, Sarah Cuddy. Subs: Grainne Delaney for Aoife Burke (29)

SEE ALSO – First-half goals key as St Brigid’s book county final place