Gorey girls best in battle of neighbours
Naomh Eanna out-pointed local rivals Craanford-Monaseed to take the Jenny Redmond Cup back home after victory in the Enniscorthy Guardian Minor camogie Roinn 1 championship final in Farmleigh on Saturday.
Naomh Eanna 0-16 Craanford-Monaseed 0-9
The victors were given all they could handle by their talented District rivals, but in the end the class of their half-forward line told and the champions edged away for a superb victory.
That trio was led by the excellent Ellen Roche. The county Intermediate was the catalyst for many of her team's best moves and, with Orla Molloy and Roisin Pierce operating as perfect foils on either side, Gorey were simply unbeatable.
Craanford-Monaseed will be disappointed with the result but there is plenty to like about this team. The full-back line was their strongest section with Nicole Curran immovable on the edge of the square, having starred in the county Junior 'B' final at full-forward, that despite a nasty injury to her hand.
Her presence was no doubt missed in the attacking third but it was another Curran, Aoife, who really shone in the forwards with seven dead-ball scores and an influence in most of her side's promising attacks throughout the 60 minutes.
There was nothing to choose between the sides at the interval as they cancelled each other out to go in level at 0-7 each. Orla Crowe, Orla Molloy (two), Roche (two), Aine Doyle and Róisín Wheatley were on target for a Gorey side wich played against a light breeze.
Una Sinnott grabbed a brace at the other end while Aoife Curren notched five points. The big moment of the half came when Caoimhe Molloy saved brilliantly from Emma Poole when Craanford were on top. However, Gorey, through Orla Molloy, also had a goal chance that Nicole Curran threw herself in front of to block.
A stunning point from tight on the left from Aine Doyle gave Naomh Eanna a 0-10 to 0-8 lead at the end of the third quarter. Yet, Aoife Curran's seventh score again left just one between the sides in the 46th minute.
The final quarter belonged to Naomh Eanna as six consecutive points, with Doyle, Roche (two), Wheatley, Orla Molloy and Róisín Pierce on target, gave them victory that sees the Jenny Redmond Cup heading back to Gorey.
Naomh Eanna: Caoimhe Molloy; Courtney Browne, Aoife Hughes, Aoibheann Doyle; Muireann O'Connor, Lorna Cushe, Sophie Cushe; Orla Crowe (0-1), Róisín Egan; Orla Molloy (0-3), Ellen Roche (0-6, 2 '45s, 1 free), Róisín Pierce (0-1); Aisling O'Dwyer, Róisín Wheatley (0-2), Aine Doyle (0-3). Subs. - Kelsey Murphy (capt.) for O'Dwyer (58), also Cara McDonald, Michelle Dunne, Saoirse Kenny, Niamh Cousins, Kate Millar.
Craanford-Monaseed: Rebecca Doran; Celine Keating, Nicole Curran, Jenny Larkin; Holly Kavanagh, Lorna Whitty, Kerri O'Brien; Una Sinnott (capt., 0-2), Rebecca Fleming; Aoife Curran (0-7, 6 frees, 1 '45), Catherine Conroy, Siofra Doyle; Grace O'Halloran, Emma Poole, Amy Hyland. Subs. - Rita Doyle for Hyland (52), Emma Dunbar for Kavanagh (60), also Stephanie Kavanagh, Sarah Lifely, Orla Montague, Niamh Doyle, Maeve Mulpeter, Michelle Fleming.
Referee: Mick Lanigan (St. Ibar's/Shelmalier).