Adamstown discover goal-den touch to beat Oylegate

THEY SAY that goals win games and this certainly was the case in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Rackard League Roinn 'C' camogie final.

Adamstown exploded out of the blocks with a goal in the first minute through Marguerite Furlong who soloed through several defenders and blasted a powerful shot off her left into the bottom corner of the net.

Oylegate almost had an equalising goal minutes later when Chloe Kavanagh volleyed on a high ball and saw her shot drift wide. Then for a large part of the half, the tenacious defending of Chloe Bradley, Oonagh Barden and Tara Doyle and their Oylegate rivals, Shannon Burns, Tegan Frost and Sinéad Reck, made scores very hard to come by.

With half-time approaching, Adamstown got the crucial scores that they needed. Kate Gaffney did well to set up Éadaoin Stafford who scored a goal with a quick ground strike. Oylegate responded through an Amy Fortune '45 but Adamstown were getting the big scores and two more of these came when Éadaoin Stafford clipped over a point and then Marguerite Furlong finished the half as she began by soloing the ball a great length and burying it in the net to bring the interval scores to 3-1 for Adamstown in comparison to 0-1.

The second-half was no less competitive and this time Oylegate began better. Ava Kelly battled hard and won a free that Amy Fortune somehow managed to slip into the Adamstown net from distance. This inspired Oylegate to push further and they nearly got right back into the game when Ava Kelly sent a dangerous ball across the goal.

Marguerite Furlong was to exert further influence and she did so by scoring a fantastic goal from out the field to bring the gap back to three goals. Julie Furlong sealed the result when she tapped in a loose ball to score her first goal and then grabbed her second right at the end by squeezing the ball in from an acute angle.

To be fair to Oylegate they kept fighting and were unlucky not to get a goal through Loren Doyle in the final minutes. Adamstown were thoroughly deserving of their win though.

In a match that featured tough tackling throughout it was always going to take something a bit special to separate the sides and a brilliant Marguerite Furlong hat-trick did just that.

Adamstown: Caitlín Mernagh, Éimer Mernagh, Rachel Power, Chloe Bradley, Jane Doyle, Oonagh Barden, Tara Doyle, Shauna Wickham, Marguerite Furlong, Zara Power, Kate Gaffney, Éadaoin Stafford, Julie Furlong, Grace Cloney, Róisín O'Neill, Muireann Stafford, Ellie Delaney, Thea English, Lilyanna Rice, Corah Purcell, Sharon Booth, Ciara Booth.

Oylegate: Sarah Nolan, Sinéad Reck, Tegan Frost, Shannon Burns, Aoife Nolan, Hannah Kehoe, Amy Fortune, Chloe Kavanagh, Niamh O'Brien, Ava Kelly, Loren Doyle, Anna Nolan, Sarah Downes, Polly Frost, Hannah Mernagh.

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