Rackard League Camogie Final Roinn A 2011



The Roinn A Final saw Piercestown take on last year’s Champions, Rathnure

Rathnure 2-3 Piercestown 1-4

Prior to the game both teams lined up to shake hands with their opponents. Referee, Dickie Murphy threw in the ball and it was Rathnure who were first on the attack with Oonagh Doyle sending a great pass into the forward line.  Nora Higgins who was brilliant throughout was unlucky to drive the ball wide.  It wasn’t long before Piercestown were on the attack with Ciara O’Connor, Emma Codd and Sarah O’Connor combining before the ball eventually went wide of the goal.  After ten minutes of play, it was Piercestown’s Áine Ennis who was first to register a score with a fine point.  Rathnure, however began to exert pressure and after one shot being saved by goalie Tara Doyle, Andrea Creane saw her second attempt end up in the back of the net.  Shortly after, Rathnure were unlucky not to score another goal following a great pass from Aoife Guiney to Sive O’Bolguidhir which ended up being saved by the crossbar.  Piercestown now began to dominate, scoring three times without reply.  Mary Barrett found the net before Sarah O’Connor scored a wonderful point, despite losing her footing.  Rathnure did have a few more chances in the first half but Bronagh Whitty, Grainne Shirley and Lauren Kavanagh made some fine clearances.  It was Piercestown who had the final score of the first half with a point from Emma Whelan, leaving Piercestown ahead by three points.

Piercestown’s Catriona Sinnott was first to the ball in the second half but it was

Rathnure who were first off the mark with Leanne Foley putting the ball over the bar following a great solo run up the pitch.  Rathnure now had a very good passage of play, scoring a further 1-2 without reply.  Nora Higgins and Ava Conran scored two fine points with Oonagh Doyle lobbing a free over goalie Tara Doyle’s head into the corner of the net.  With 12 mins remaining, Rathnure were ahead by a goal.  Piercestown worked very hard to reduce the margin with Lara Conran in the Rathnure goal saving a shot from Lucy McGuinness.  Following this, Sarah O’Connor who played very well throughout scored a point to leave just two points between the teams.  Laura Barron, Neamh Smith and Rhys Hogan did very well despite being under pressure from Piercestown who tried hard to get another score.  Emma Codd and Orla and Mary Barrett worked very well but were unlucky to see their final effort going wide of the post.

Following the match, Rathnure Captain Leanne Foley, who played magnificently throughout the match, received the cup from Rackard League Secretary Jim Dempsey.

Piercestown:     Tara Doyle, Lauren Kavanagh, Bronagh Whitty, Gráinne Shirley, Sarah O’Connor, Ciara O’Connor, CatrIona Sinnott, Emma Codd, Aine Ennis, Mary Barrett, Emma Whelan, Lucy McGuinness, Orla Barrett, Katie Clarke, Ella O’Connor, Lettie Whelan, Sarah Geoff, Nicola Roche, Katie Nolan, Becky Hamilton, Jodie Rochford