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All square in junior camogie final as O’Moore’s and Portlaoise must do battle again

O'Moore's captain Caitriona Downey with referee Kieran Bowe and Portlaoise joint captains Niamh Crowley and Chloe Norton before the Laois Junior Camogie final in Mountrath

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.

The Portlaoise team that played O’Moore’s in the Laois Junior Camogie final

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.

The O’Moore’s team that played Portlaoise in the Laois Junior Camogie final

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

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