Cloughbawn edge home
Damp conditions, blustery winds and a heavy sliothar proved no obstacle on Sunday for Cloughbawn as they claimed the Under-14 Roinn 1 camogie title at Farmleigh.
Cloughbawn 2-3 Castletown 2-2
Cloughbawn achieved such success by the slimmest of margins and although Castletown-Liam Mellows were double their score at half time, the winners' true colours really shone through during the second-half.
The first-half was a low-scoring, dogged affair with both teams finding it hard to get control of the game.
Cloughbawn had some good chances but only managed to claim points from two dead balls. Faye Codd of Cloughbawn had given Castletown-Liam Mellows some early warning signs with her direct soloing but failed to snatch anything worthwhile in the opening half.
Castletown-Liam Mellows had some good pressure around the Cloughbawn goal which was rewarded with a goal to conclude the first-half.
Cloughbawn got a grip of the midfield position with Tara Doyle doing her colours proud. Faye Codd took on the opposing defence at every opportunity and was rewarded with an impressive goal.
A point from Lisa Murphy who, like Codd, is still Under-12, gave Cloughbawn a two-point advantage midway though.
On one of Castletown-Liam Mellow's few ventures into Cloughbawn's back line a speculative shot dropped into the goal, and this left the maroon starlets with a slight lead.
Codd, who was terrorising the rival defence, dodged some heavy tackles and buried her second goal to put Cloughbawn two up. In the last few minutes however, Castletown-Liam Mellows put pressure on the Cloughbawn goal and were rewarded with a free.
This was struck well but rose over the bar before the referee blew the final whistle to scenes of joy from the Cloughbawn sideline.