Senior Leinster camogie Final: Offaly vs Wexford, Sunday 5th June, Aughrim County Ground Wicklow at4.30pm.
The Offaly senior camogie team will be hoping to record their first ever Leinster championship title when they take on Wexford the final on Sunday afternoon in Aughrim at 4:30pm. In a Leinster camogie final triple header in Wicklow, both the junior and intermediate finals will be the curtain raisers for the pinnacle senior game.
Offaly were pitted into the semi-final of the provincial clash while Dublin and Kildare had to battle it out for the final semi-final position in the preliminary round. In a mid-week encounter Dublin dismissed their neighbours Kildare progress to the next round against Offaly in St.Brendan’s Park Birr. On a scorching hot Sunday in St.Brendan’s Park Birr, Offaly recorded a comprehensive win over Dublin to return to the Senior Leinster camogie final for the second year in a row.
On the other side of the draw, Wexford will be looking to maintain their winning ways having got their Leinster campaign underway in impressive fashion with a high profile win over National league champions Kilkenny in their local derby.
Offaly will be extremely determined for a victory after narrowly losing out in last year’s final to Kilkenny by five points. Michaela Morkan was unavailable for last year’s final with injury as there is a very different team lining out 12 months later.
Under the new management team of Adrain Clancy and Mick Murray, the Offaly team has a fresh approach for their Leinster final. Eleanor Clenndennen is set to continue her excellent form between the posts as she is closely guarded by Fiona Stephens, Jean Brady and Deirdre Cashen. On the half back line Marion Creane and Aisling Brennan will offer their support to Siobhan Flannery who has dominated at number six for ‘The Faithful’ this year. There has been many a paring in between the two ’65’s for Offaly but Christine Cleary and Lorraine Keena are most likely set to return to middle of the field following their fine display against Dublin. The switch of Michaela Morkan to wing forward has proved very effective for Clancy as the Shinrone woman is deadly accurate from play and from placed balls. Linda Sullivan, Mairead Jennings and Lisa Gorman all are extremely tenacious in the forward line while lightening quick Arlene Watkins and Tina Hannon have been dictating the Offaly scoreboard. With a very strong panel, Clancy and Murray can also call on the likes of Grace Teehan, Orlagh Kirwin, Cailin Fitzgerald and Niamh Larkin which will also prove fruitful additions when introduced.
Offaly have a successful history against Wexford in recent years. In the final round of this year’s league campaign, Offaly defeated Wexford 1-12 to 0-13. Offaly also defeated ‘The Yellow Bellies’ for the first time at senior level in the last years Leinster championship preliminary round 1-14 to 0-10.
In what is predicted to be a very exciting game, this is a great opportunity for Offaly camogie to get silverware at senior inter-county level.