Offaly camogie Minor B final
Lusmagh/Drumcullen 2-3 Shinrone 1-4
Lusmagh/Drumcullen ran out eventual winners of the Offaly camogie minor B final after a second half scare from Shinrone pushed the 2015 champions to the final whistle.
Aine O’Meara got Shinrone’s first score of the game in the opening minutes of the game but for her side this was Shinrone’s only score of the first half. Shinrone did have a number of shots on goal stopped by Lusmagh/Drumcullen keeper Niamh Kelly who kept a number of attacks at bay. Leah Gath answered O’Meara’s point with a ’45 and this kick started the Lusmagh/Drumcullen attacks. Hannah Larkin then showed great skill when she pointed after taking the ball in the air turning on to her left and pointing. Two near goal chances from Leah Gath and Hannah Larkin were stopped by Shinrone Keeper Kayliegh Meade but following waves of attack Leah Gath was finally rewarded after taking on her marker and blasting the ball to the back of the net. Cousin of the first goal scorer Niamh Gath also found the net moments later as Sasha Connolly’s shot was blocked down in front of the goal before Niamh cleverly flicked the ball over the goal line to make it 2-2 to 0-1 at the half time break. A more determined Shinrone side returned to the pitch for the second half hitting 1-3 in the second half making a very exciting finish for both teams’ spectators. Aine O’Meara added a second point to her tally immediately after the restart to make it six points between the sides. The switch of Lucy Ryan from full back to corner forward proved extremely effective for Shinrone as almost immediately after the switch the number three had a point after picking up a loose ball and pointing. Centre back Maeve Gleeson hit a huge score from 50 yards out as the pressure mounted on the Lusmagh/Drumcullen defence. In an intense closing minutes of the game Lucy Ryan found the net to narrow the gap back to two points as Shinrone hit a purple patch. Two more Shinrone attacks were defended and cleared by Grainne Minnock and Aoife Dermody as referee Pat Fleming blew the final whistle to crown Lusmagh/Drumcullen as Offaly minor B camogie Champions.
Lusmagh/Drumcullen: Niamh Kelly, Caroline Kinsella (J/C), Katie Foley, Aoife Dermody, Grainne Minnock (J/C), Rachel Dermody, Aideen Bracken, Helen Healy, Anna Kinsella, Sarah Byrne, Leah Gath, Sasha Connolly, Allie Leahy, Hannah Larkin, Niamh Gath. Subs: Teresa Bracken, Sarah Temple, Nicole Temple, Aoife Kiely.
Shinrone: Kayliegh Meade, Michelle Sammon, Lucy Ryan, Rebecca Loughnane, Niamh Carroll, Maeve Gleeson, Laura Murphy, Katie Bourke, Oonagh Gleeson, Laura Cleary, Aine O’Meara, Alanna McHugh, Chloe Doughan, Amy Doughan, Shannon Hoctor. Subs: Niamh Curtis Aoife Maher.
Player of the match: Shinrone’s Aine O’Meara and Lucy Ryan had a super display for their side although Lusmagh/Drumcullen had a number of contenders for this title. Niamh Kelly between the posts had a great game and was unfortunate to let in Shinrone’s only goal. She was backed up immensely by full back Katie Foley who also had a great game but wing back Grainne Minnock had a super game in defence clearing everything in her path and has had a great year for the newly joined side.
Moment of the match: Shinrone switched full back Lucy Ryan to the full forward line mid-way through the second half and as a result Ryan hit 1-1 bringing her side back into the game.
Score of the match: Aine O’Meara’s point immediately after the restart settled here side for the second half. The centre forward broke past a number of Lusmagh/Drumcullen defenders to point from distance.
Referee watch: Pat Fleming had a poor performance as the man in charge. Fleming arrived to the game with only two umpires and allowed endless chops, pushes in the back and on some occasion’s wild strokes throughout the game.
Venue watch: St.Brendan’s Park was in very good condition for the game and had the correct amount of stewards for the final. All praise must go the the St.Brendan’s Park and Birr GAA club as they hosted almost all of the camogie finals this year at such a high standard.
Camogie Watch: Referee Pat Fleming allowed players to jostle each other which is an infringement in camogie under 10.2 rough play and Dissent in the camogie rule book.
What’s next: Newly amalgamated Lusmagh/Drumcullen finish the year on a high after joining together for the first year. Shinrone end the year on a negative note losing the final but have great aspirations following their senior victory last month.
Lusmagh/Drumcullen: Leah Gath 1-3 (0-3 ‘45’s) Hannah Larkin 0-1 Niamh Gath 1-0
Shinrone: Lucy Ryan 1-1 Aine O’Meara 0-2 (0-1 f)