St Brigid’s 0-10 O’Moore’s 0-15
Laois Camogie Final
Laura Marie Maher was the star of the show as O’Moore’s came from behind to claim third third Laois Camogie championship title.
The Rosenallis woman, who has endured a dreadful time in recent years with knee injuries, was simply unplayable in MW Hire O’Moore Park, scoring ten points, as her side turned a four point half time deficit into a five point win.
It was heartbreak for St Brigid’s for the second year running in the final after defeat to Camross last year and their wait for success at this level for the first time since 2004 goes on.
St Brigid’s began the game with the wind at their backs and were quickly in the lead through Aisling O’Dea and a monster from midfield from Jessica Quinlan.
But O’Moore’s were actually the better team in the opening quarter and they drew back level via two efforts from Laura Marie Maher.
They could’ve had goals too before the water break but a combination of some great saves by Laura Dunne and some last ditch defending from Aoife Finlay and Roisin Kilmartin kept them at bay.
Aisling O’Dea scored a great point from play to leave Brigid’s 0-3 to 0-2 ahead at the water break.
Brigid’s assumed control after that though and went four points clear as we approached half time with Anne Marie Purcell and a brace of frees from Aisling O’Dea.
Laura Marie Maher ended the Brigid’s scoring spree with a point after a great run by the excellent Joyce Dunne.
However, Brigid’s had the final say of the half as the industrious Tara Corrigan won a free which O’Dea pointed to leave them 0-7 to 0-3 ahead at half time.
O’Moore’s had the wind at their backs now and they instantly cut into the deficit through Amy McKane and Rebecca Williams.
Laura Marie Maher then hit a free to leave it 0-7 to 0-6 with just six minutes of the second half played.
And the sides were level a minute after that when Amy McKane and Maher combined again for the former to score from a tight angle.
St Brigid’s tried to respond but their shooting deserted them and when Alison McEvoy pumped in a long free, Maher was on hand to slot it over the bar and give O’Moore’s the lead for the first time after 43 minutes.
Aisling O’Dea levelled the game again but right on the stroke of the water break, Laura Marie Maher regained the lead for O’Moore’s – 0-9 to 0-8.
But this game was going right down to the wire and Aisling O’Dea scored a long range free only for Joyce Dunne to go straight back and give O’Moore’s the advantage again.
And that seemed to be the turning of the game as Laura Marie Maher took it be the scruff of the neck and gave them a lead they couldn’t relinquish.
She fired over four points in about 90 seconds – two frees and two from play – to give O’Moore’s a five point lead after 57 minutes.
St Brigid’s went in search of goals in the time that remained but they didn’t come as O’Moore’s held on to win.
SCORERS – St Brigid’s: Aisling O’Dea 0-7 (five frees), Anne Marie Purcell 0-1, Jessica Quinlan 0-1, Gemma Hoare 0-1 O’Moore’s: Laura Marie Maher 0-10 (five frees), Amy McKane 0-2, Rebecca Williams 0-1, Joyce Dunne 0-1, Laura Peake 0-1
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: Tiegan O’Reilly Bowe for Galbraith and Eimear Guidrea for Hyland (both 46)
O’MOORE’S: Amy O’Callaghan; Emma McEvoy, Jenny McEvoy, Aisling Behan; Rosemarie Bermingham, 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 O’Sullivan (46), Erin Murray for C-Fennell (59)
Referee: Padraig Dunne (Colt)