O’Moore’s 1-5 Portlaoise 0-8
Laois Junior Camogie Final
A late free from Amy Byrne ensured that O’Moore’s and Portlaoise will have to do battle again in the Laois Junior Camogie final.
A little over 24 hours after helping the Portlaoise ladies footballers win an hitoric first senior title, Byrne hit three points for Portlaoise in this evening’s final in Mountrath.
It was a final that saw both sides seeking to record a double of sorts with Portlaoise looking to add to Saturday’s football success and O’Moore’s keen to win a camogie double having won the intermediate title a couple of weeks back.
And it was a contest that swung one way and then the next.
Amy Flanagan put O’Moore’s into the lead early on only for it to be cancelled out by Amy Byrne a minute later.
Chloe Norton then pushed Portlaoise one up on seven minutes only for Elaine Downey to cancel it out almost straight away.
A point from Ciara Murphy, however, had Portlaoise 0-3 to 0-2 up at the first water break.
The only score of the second quarter was an Amy Byrne free and Portlaoise were 0-4 to 0-2 ahead at the break.
Mary Hyland reduced the gap four minutes into the second half and then a brilliant goal from Amy Flanagan had O’Moores back in the lead two minutes later.
But Ciara Murphy hit back for Portlaoise to have the deficit back to one, 1-3 to 0-5, by the second water break.
Ciara Murphy and Ciara Byrne pointed to put Portlaoise back into the lead but a Hannah O’Connor free had it level again with three minutes remaining.
Sub Amy Singleton gave O’Moore’s the lead with a minute of normal time remaining but in a welter of excitement, Amy Byrne levelled things again from a free.
The sides will have to meet in a replay to decide the winner but a date and venue will have to be confirmed as Portlaoise are in Leinster club football action next weekend.
SCORERS – O’Moore’s: Amy Flanagan 1-1, Amy Singleton 0-1, Elaine Downey 0-1 Portlaoise: Amy Byrne 0-3, Ciara Murphy 0-3, Ciara Byrne 0-1, Chloe Norton 0-1, Mary Hyland 0-1, Hannah O’Connor 0-1
O’MOORE’S: Chloe Dwyer; Rachel O’Connor, Sinead O’Rourke, Michelle Fitzpatrick; Emma Stephenson, Caitriona Downey, Kate Maher; Mary Hyland, Caoimhe Callally; Ruth Williams, Amy Flanagan, Elaine Downey; Catherine Hyland, Aine O’Rourke, Roisin Dowling. Subs: Hannah O’Connor, Amy Singleton, Eva Hyland, Caoimhe McLoughlin, Blathnaid Connolly, Niamh Ryan, Anna Hyland, Mary Grehan, Mia Martin
PORTLAOISE: Jasmine Burke; Kami Delaney, Niamh Crowley, Aisling McCauley; Sinead Murphy, Sarah Fleming, Aoibhe O’Brien; Regina Obulafor, Amy Byrne; Ciara Murphy, Rebecca Reddin, Grainne O’Reilly; Chloe Norton, Tyrah Duff, Shauna Dooley. Subs: Cara Phelan, Emma O’Sullivan, Charlene Duff, Amy Walsh, Ciara Byrne, Ciara Crowley, Holly Dunne, Rachel Glynn, Aileen O’Neill.
REFEREE: Kieran Bowe