Cloughbawn clinch title
Cloughbawn dominated the first-half on their way to a memorable victory in the Under-16 Roinn 1 camogie championship final in Hollymount recently.
Cloughbawn 3-10 Castletown 2-3
The Castleboro girls were able to build their advantage on the back of an opening period with the wind at their backs, eventually going in at the break with a 1-8 to nil lead.
However, the opening exchanges were a little closer than the score suggests. Hannah Keating opened the scoring with a nice point but Castletown were able to exert some pressure without scoring.
Ciara Murphy made it 0-2 to nil but she was denied an opening goal shortly after when Eimear Goland make a superb save from her kicked shot. Niamh Kehoe became her side's third scorer with a floated point.
Orla Hoey almost got Castletown on the scoreboard, but Rachel Greene was able to pull off a fine save in the Cloughbawn goal. Hanging on for dear life, the Gorey District side conceded 1-5 in the final few minutes of the half.
After points from May Wickham and Hannah Keating, Wickham struck a shot from distance that found its way to the net. Keating and Ciara Murphy (two) added further scores in the last moments of the half to make it 1-8 to nil at the break.
Things were different for Castletown with the elements at their backs. Megan Cullen followed a point with a raised green flag and all of a sudden just seven points separated the sides.
However, just when there seemed to be some hope, Niamh Ogilvie took it away with a goal, pulling home a breaking ball to put her side 2-8 to 1-1 ahead. Hannah Keating then found the net as Cloughbawn eased away.
Castletown did show resilience and never gave up. Doireann Cullen picked off a couple of nice points while Megan Cullen drilled a 20-metre free low to the net.
It couldn't stop Cloughbawn, who fittingly wrapped up the Edward Kehoe Cup with a late Keating point.
Cloughbawn: Rachel Greene; Caoimhe Kehoe, Oonagh Barden, Chloe Bradley; Niamh Whitty, Marguerite Furlong, Elaine Quigley; Tara Doyle, Niamh Kehoe (0-1); Hannah Keating (capt., 1-5), Ciara Murphy (0-3), Julie Furlong; May Wickham (1-1), Aoife Murphy, Niamh Ogilvie (1-0). Subs. - Ulrika Dreelan, Eadaoin Stafford, Sarah Flynn, Faye Codd, Katie Foley.
Castletown: Eimear Goland; Olive McGarry, Jessica Kavanagh, Joey Fleming; Doireann Cullen (0-2), Eimear Wildes, Susan Boyle; Muireann Fitzpatrick, Lucia Merrigan; Sarah Gleeson, Mollie Somers, Megan Cullen (2-1, 1-0 free); Eimear Hagan, Orla Hoey, Clare McGarry. Subs. - Isabelle Dempsey for Hoey, Aoife Byrne for C. McGarry, Emily Kavanagh for Fleming, also Bella Byrne Erin Dunne, Mia O'Shaughnessy.
Referee: Francis Neville (St. Ibar's/Shelmalier).