Match Report: – Senior Camogie, Clonoulty/Rossmore v’s Moneygall, in this week’s Nenagh Guardian, written by Rose Mannion.
In what can only be described as the best game this season in the senior club championship, Moneygall took on Clonoulty in the final round on Saturday evening in the Clonoulty Rossmore GAA pitch.
Two evenly matched sides battled it out for a win to determine a place in the semi-final but Clonoulty’s victory now places them on level points with Drom & Inch and Burgess/Duharra which means there will be a draw to determine who will play who on October 4th.
Moneygall will be very disappointed that they left this game behind them and while it wasn’t exactly a hugely important game as both will play in the semi-finals anyhow, to Clonoulty however it was important as this is their first time to make it to a senior semi-final and more importantly for them, to share the points at the top of the table with the two top clubs in the County to set up a very interesting semi-final double header.
Moneygall started the brighter and had two points on the scoreboard through Niamh Larkin in the opening four minutes before Cait Devane struck a placed ball for Clonoulty with Sarah Fryday following up within the minute to bring the sides level. Devane and Liz Cahill swapped points and while Moneygall had a chance to pull two clear, they were inaccurate from play which was to cost them in the end. However, two goals and one point all coming within four minutes, should have been enough for Moneygall to build on. The first goal from Brid Byrne came from sheer work rate as she fought her way in after Eimear Ryan crossed to Byrne who then picked out Mairead Teehan and she crossed back to Byrne who managed the ball to the net after eleven minutes. A second great build up came close to a second goal a minute later when Sarah Doherty palmed in the direction of the net but Clonoulty custodian Deirdre Ryan managed to save and a free out resulted. However, Moneygall were piling on the pressure in the middle of the pitch but Cait Devane picked out Niamh Slattery who slotted over.
Brid Byrne’s second goal came just under four minutes later and one minute after she pointed to give Moneygall a 2.4 to 0.4 advantage as the game entered the second quarter and it looked curtains for Clonoulty as they were finding it hard to settle in their own back yard. However, Bernadette Ryan and Devane kept the flag flying as Clonoulty slowly turned the game on its head with point after point and a 28th minute goal from Devane put a whole different complexion on the matter heading to the break. Eimear Ryan and Sarah Doherty kept the visitors ticking over, and there was just one point separating the sides at the break.
What a second half fight back from both as they emptied the tanks with Cora Hennessy splitting the uprights to bring the sides level for the 4th time. Mairead Teehan and Cait Devane swapped points before Clonoulty mounted attack after attack at the Moneygall goals where Mary Ryan in her new position between the uprights brought off some great saves to keep the Moneygall flag flying. Niamh Larkin’s 40th minute goal brought the sides to within one but Clonoulty won the puck out and Kate Ryan scrambled the ball to the Moneygall net at the opposite end. Moneygall continued to miss chances as Clonoulty forged forward with clever positional changes which gave them the break as they continued to win more possession and make more use of it. Two free’s from Sarah Doherty brought Moneygall back to within two points but again Clonoulty rose to the challenge with Cora hennessy and Cait Devane cancelling out. For the remaining three minutes of the game, Moneygall dug very deep to snatch three points before the final whistle that brought Clonoulty over the line on the narrowest of margins.
Scorers: Cait Devane 1.9 (0.6f), Kate Ryan 1.0, Cora Hennessy, Niamh Slattery 0.2 each, Sarah Fryday, Noirin Ryan, Niamh Maher, Bernadette Ryan 0.1 each.
Team: Deirdre Ryan, Caroline Horan, Clodagh Quirke, Shannon Quirke, Aisling Slattery, Courtney Ryan, Julie Murphy, Bernadette Ryan, Cora Hennessy, Niamh Slattery, Sarah Fryday, Kate Ryan, Cait Devane, Noirin Ryan, Eimear Loughman. Sub: Niamh Maher for C. Horan.
Player of the match: Eimear Loughman (Clonoulty).