Golden goals power Glynn-Barntown to victory
Glynn-Barntown avenged a group stages loss to the same opposition with victory over Buffers Alley in the still ridiculously titled Senior camogie final at Bellefield on Saturday.
Glynn-Barntown 6-13 Buffers Alley 2-5
The issue of the name was one that arose last year for what is, in essence, a 'B' final, with Wexford camogie sticking with the Premier Senior final for the title of their top-tier tournament.
The proper Senior final is where these up-and-coming sides aspire to get to and, while they have a bit to go to reach the upper echelons, progress is being made based on this showing by the Eilish O'Neill Cup winners.
All the damage that needed to be done was accomplished in a rip-roaring first twelve minutes. Leading by 0-2 to nil, Emma Walsh hared away on the left and forced home the opening goal from close range, and that was followed soon after by Denise Fitzharris' opening goal, which came from a pass by the excellent Róisín Doyle.
Centre-back Doyle, along with double goal-getter Walsh, ran Aoife Sheil close for the 'player of the game' award, and it was the full-forward that make it 3-4 to 0-1 with a low, powerful shot from just inside the 20-metre line.
Anne Cousins forced the ball into the goalmouth for Emer O'Leary to pull to the net in the 19th minute to give Buffers Alley a glimmer of hope, but it didn't last long as Fitzharris nailed her second major just two minutes later.
Again the Alley responded right at the end of the period, with Annie Dempsey getting the final touch to Méabh Hughes' free to force it past Oilbhe Raftery and leave the Killurin girls 4-7 to 2-2 in front at the break.
A long-range Emma Walsh goal inflicted further agony on Buffers Alley after the re-start and, following three consecutive Sheil points, substitute Clodagh Jackman got in on the act when handpassing home her side's sixth major.
There was still some fight left in the Monamolin side as Tara Doyle ended the match with a marauding point, but the game was already up at that stage as Glynn-Barntown took the crown.
Glynn-Barntown: Oilbhe Raftery; Róisín Cooney, Áine Shannon, Tara O'Brien; Chloe Cash, Róisín Doyle (capt.), Aoife Barron; Jessica Morrissey, Eimear Buckley; Emma Walsh (2-5, 0-3 frees), Annette Moroney (0-1), Laura Dempsey (0-1); Emma Walsh, Aoife Sheil (1-6), Denise Fitzharris (2-0). Subs. - Clodagh Jackman (1-0) for E. Walsh (corner-forward, 31), Patrice O'Gorman for Morrissey (52), Fiona Kelly for Sheil (57), also Danielle Doyle, Emma Kiely, Ciara Walsh, Caoimhe Neville, Liz Wickham, Bridget Doyle, Rebecca Crean, Hazel Kennedy, Deborah Fitzharris, Holly Hynes, Niamh Buckley, Eva Arthur, Emma Goff.
Buffers Alley: Sarah Donnellan; Katie Doyle, Tara Doyle (0-1), Aine Roche; Sorcha Foley, Frances Doran, Anna Doyle; Alex Donohoe, Louise Hammel; Annie Dempsey (1-0), Johanna Murphy, Victoria Burke; Anne Cousins, Emer O'Leary (1-0), Méabh Hughes (capt., 0-4 frees). Subs. - Shauna Lawless for Donohoe (31), Niamh O'Connor for Hammel (58), Kate Hammel for Burke (58), also Róisín Murphy, Catherine O'Loughlin, Muireann Nic Corcráin.
Referee: Aiden O'Brien (Cloughbawn).