Tuesday 17 September 2019

Kilrush girls display class

Ramsgrange suffer defeat

Aine Kennedy presents the cup to Kilrush joint captains, Lorna Fortune, Naoise Hennessy and Leah Murphy
Aine Kennedy presents the cup to Kilrush joint captains, Lorna Fortune, Naoise Hennessy and Leah Murphy
Kilrush were a delighted bunch after their impressive victory
Ava White-Keating of Ramsgrange tries to stop Lorna Fortune
The Ramsgrange squad prior to the Roinn C final at Innovate Wexford Park

Kilrush arrived into Innovate Wexford Park for this Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Rackard League Roinn 'C' camogie final in top form, sweeping aside the Ramsgrange challenge with a relentless deluge of top-notch scores over the course of the hour.

Kilrush 8-5 Ramsgrange 1-0

From the off, the Kilrush girls were tenacious all over the pitch and centre-forward Naoise Hennessy was the most fortunate of all to benefit from this rabid teamwork when she rattled in four first-half goals. A pair of points from the speedy Lorna Fortune and an Abbie Walsh free gave Kilrush a very commanding 15-point half-time lead.

It was frustrating for the hard-working defensive team of Amy Molloy, Róisín Lyons, Bríd Walsh and Aoife Connolly to do so much good work but still see the Kilrush forwards slip through. Kilrush defenders Karen Tomkins and Abbie Walsh formed a barrier in front of their goal that Ramsgrange found hard to get by.

Normally such a lead tempts the dominant team to dip their performance a little but these Kilrush girls did not let up. Within minutes of the resumption, they had two second-half goals through Emma Tomkins and Zoe Tobin-Cosgrove.

Ramsgrange got the score that their brave efforts deserved when Ella Dalton blasted home and they were, in fact, unlucky not to get a quick second when the same player set up Ciaradh Connolly with a lovely ball across the goal. Kilrush goalie Kate Butler did a great job to ensure that the minimum got past her.

Up the field, Kilrush continued to show no mercy when they responded with two more goals through Rachel Kavanagh and Lorna Fortune. Well-taken points by Lorna Fortune and Emma Tomkins put the cherry on the top of a remarkable team performance worthy of a side graduating to the top flight next year after this success.

Kilrush: Kate Butler, Karen Tomkins, Edana Mimnagh, Mollie Mulroe, Abbie Walsh, Amy Tobin-Cosgrove, Lorna Fortune, Aoibhe McSweeney, Emma Tomkins, Rachel Kavanagh, Naoise Hennessy, Zoe Tobin-Cosgrove, Leah Murphy, Sianne Rothwell, Ellie Hadden, Hermione Murphy, Amy Corrigan, Aoife Kinsella, Eimear Byrne, Sadhbh Buttle, Mary-Clare McCrea, Amy Kehoe, Niamh O'Rourke, Aoife Callaghan, Erin Callaghan, Tara Kenny, Róisín Dillon, Grace Gill.

Ramsgrange: Rachel Walsh, Jamie Walsh, Amy Molloy, Róisín Lyons, Erin Shannon, Bríd Walsh, Aoife Connolly, Sophie Dundon, Ava White-Keating, Ciaradh Connolly, Ella Dalton, Amy Barrett, Orla O'Connor, Leah Murphy, Emma Walsh, Ava Fitzgerald, Abbie Nolan, Rachel Murphy, Ruby Murphy, Lauren Murphy.

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