IT Carlow 4-14 IT Tralee 0-5
After all ready reaching the Camogie weekend away by defeating GMIT (Match report here:), IT Carlow camogie’s topped their group following a comfortable win over IT Tralee on Monday last.
Captain Siobhan Flannery got IT Carlow off the mark after her long range free sailed over the black spot in the opening minutes. Her team mates were quick to follow suit with Finola Neville rattling the net in the 24th minutes after a Shannon Dempsey pass, along with three more points to push Carlow in front. Katy Hurley and Aisling Boyhan were the force behind the Carlow attacks, winning possesion in the center of the pitch and feeding Carlow’s hungry forwards. Ann Marie Guinan also contributed after picking up loose ball to point for the South East team and a further two more points from Flannery to make it 1-8 to 0-1 at the half time break. Tralee IT only scoring a single point from a placed ball from their centre forward.
Carlow continued to play with conviction only allowing Tralee’s scores from free’s with the help of their solid back line consisting of Nadina Grace, Aisling Cremin, Siobhan Flannery and Nicole Hammel. Crucial blocks from Niamh Cavanan and Mairead McEvoy in vital positions ensured IT Tralee were given no easy ball around the goals of Claire Healey. IT Carlow continued to show great determination, fitness and skill in the second half with five players adding their names to the score sheet. Aoife Murphy hit two goals after shaking off some tough tackles on her way to hit the net. Denise Deering showed that’s shes multi-talented after catching the ball over the Tralee’s goalies head and turning to her right and kicking the ball to the net. Laura Loughnane added a great point after she won a Tralee puck out and travelled along the left-wing before pointing. Using their full 20 players substitutes Rebecca Treacy, Rebecca O Dywer Caoimhe Tierney, Ciara Cooney and Mary Walsh made sure that manager Sean Kelly will have a huge headache when choosing his final 15 for the semi-final game vs St.Pats Drumcondra in Dublin on February 14th.