Oylegate prevail despite Gordon's best efforts
Published 20/10/2015 | 00:00
A titanic individual effort from inter-county star Bríd Gordon was not enough to rescue the Blackwater cause at St. Patrick's Park as Oylegate-Glenbrien took the Intermediate camogie shield.
Oylegate-Glenbrien 3-6 Blackwater 1-8
She monopolised the scoring for her side but could not quite haul them back from the dead against a team which showed the value of goals and a bright start.
Oylegate-Glenbrien posted a couple of majors in the opening seven minutes and goaled again before the end to see off rivals who were big-hearted but clearly short of attacking variety.
There were a mere 32 seconds on the clock when Lorraine O'Connor first found the net, profiting from a long ball dropped into the danger area by Dearbhla Doyle.
Noelene Shanahan's point for the eventual winners was sandwiched between a couple of Gordon frees, as the opening exchanges were bright and productive.
Then came goal number two, with Doyle and O'Connor again involved in a sumptuous move which was finished off by the lurking Laura Dagger - what an appropriate surname for an opportunist forward.
The pace of Oylegate-Glenbrien's scoring eased for the remainder of the first-half, with just one more point - an easy free scooped over the bar by O'Connor after a foul on the swift-running Shanahan - to show for their first-half efforts.
In the meantime, Gordon, playing as a wide-ranging full-forward, spared no effort in attempting to bridge the gap which had grown up.
She scored twice from play, twice from '45s and once from a free during a spell in which she hauled Blackwater to within a point of the opposition at half-time when the scoreboard read 2-2 to 0-7.
When she then batted another point off a post to level matters, it seemed that the revival was on course to yield dividends.
Instead, Oylegate-Glenbrien resumed their goal-getting while at the same time choking off the supply of ball to their chief tormentor, who was fated to score just once more, by which time it was too late.
The third goal for the girls in blue was O'Connor's second, plundered in the wake of a good block by Aine Wright after which the Blackwater defence failed to clear the sliothar.
The same player added further points from play and a free as her side piled on the pressure, and they pulled six points ahead before Gordonstruck again on 54 minutes, beating Jemma Doyle with a close-range free to the net.
Oylegate-Glenbrien did not panic but tacked on an O'Connor free to return to their comfort zone and eased their way to the final whistle without further alarm.
With their more varied attack, they deserved their end of season ration of silverware, helped by a no-nonsense defence built around the capabilities of the two Siobháns - Nolan and Cummins.
Blackwater were not a one-woman team by any means, with Sinéad Stamp showing glimpses of class in midfield while Libby Leacy starred in the full-back role.
Oylegate-Glenbrien: Jemma Doyle; Mairéad Cummins, Siobhán Nolan, Leanne Moulton; Niamh O'Mahoney, Siobhán Cummins, Lena Fogarty; Sinéad Stamp, Dearbhla Doyle (0-1 free); Noelene Shanahan (0-1), Lorraine O'Connor (2-3, 0-2 frees), Lauren Moulton; Laura Dagger (1-0), Amanda Scallan, Catherine Kinsella. Subs. - Laura Kelly for Stamp (30), Anne Dempsey for Kinsella (57), Leanne Cullen for Scallan (57).
Blackwater: Aine Wright; Mary O'Leary, Libby Leacy, Julia Molloy; Shauna Carroll, Kate Lillis, Siobhán Lillis; Oonagh Rowe, Aisling Kelly; Lucy Purcell, Anne Marie Walsh, Aisling Byrne; Dolores Ruttledge, Brid Gordon (1-8, 1-4 frees, 0-2 '45s), Aoife Roche. Subs. - Julie Ann Murphy for S. Lillis (20), Deirdre Mangan for Molloy (50), Maura Molloy for Roche (55), Rebecca Kirwan for Purcell (61).
Referee: Damien Donovan (St. John's).