Wednesday 24 January 2018

Super Oylegate recovery

Jason Goodison

The league-winning Oylegate-Glenbrien squad
The league-winning Oylegate-Glenbrien squad

Oylegate-Glenbrien produced a faultless second-half performance to take the Intermediate camogie league final at the expense of Naomh Eanna in St. Patrick's Park.

Oylegate-Glenbrien 4-8 Naomh Eanna 3-4

The victors, who were six points off the pace at the interval, prevented their opponents from even one second-half score to run away with the title.

In a game of spells, the opening ten minutes were dominated by Oylegate-Glenbrien. Derbhla Doyle, Noelene Shanahan and Laura Corrigan scored the first minors of the game, but momentum soon shifted.

By the time Oylegate-Glenbrien would score again, they would be eight points down and would have conceded 3-2.

Gorey announced themselves into the game with three goals in the space of four minutes. Aine Doyle pulled home after a mis-placed Jenna Doyle pass to net the first, and a brace of Orlagh Hall goals opened up a sizeable lead.

Further points were added through Louise Stafford, Doyle and Susie Griffiths, with the latter striking what would prove to be Naomh Eanna's final score in the 29th minute.

The stroke of half-time featured a turning point. Gretta Heffernan stood over a free 20 metres out from goal and, with the entirety of Pat's Park expecting her to take a point and an eight-point deficit to the break, she struck low and hard, catching the Gorey goal-line off guard and sneaking the ball past them to reduce Naomh Eanna's lead to 3-4 to 1-4.

It was a clear swing in this see-saw game, and Oylegate-Glenbrien snatched the initiative after the pause.

Three goals, in six second-half minutes, fired the blues into a lead which would not be reversed.

Lorraine Fortune's effort from a dead ball dropped just under the crossbar before Katie Sludds found Heffernan for her second. The trio was completed by Sludds, burying home from close range.

Solid defending and three more points courtesy of Heffernan and a double from Shanahan ensured that Oylegate-Glenbrien would lift the cup.

Oylegate-Glenbrien: Jenna Doyle; Sinéad Stamp, Jemma Reck, Leanne Moulton; Niamh O'Mahoney (capt.), Siobhán Cummins, Laura Dagger; Derbhla Doyle (0-2), Lorraine Fortune (1-0 free); Katie Sludds (1-0), Lauren Moulton, Noelene Shanahan (0-4); Amanda Scallan, Gretta Heffernan (2-1, 1-0 free), Laura Corrigan (0-1). Subs. - Ann Dempsey for Reck (45), also Lena Fogarty-Doyle, Yvonne Doyle, Bridget Mernagh, Mairéad Cummins, Laura Kelly, Leanne Cullen, Eimear Nolan, Polly Maher, Megan Storey, Paula Lambert.

Naomh Eanna: Róisín Wheatley; Aoibheann Doyle, Aoife Hughes, Catríona O'Brien; Lorna Cushe, Siobhán Doyle (capt.), Molly McGuckin; Jennifer Deering, Emma Doyle; Louise Stafford (0-1), Orla Crowe (0-1 free), Ríona O'Sullivan; Orlagh Hall (2-0), Susie Griffiths (0-1), Aine Doyle (1-1). Subs. - Ellen Roche for O'Sullivan (39), Aisling Mythen for Crowe (53), Orla Molloy for Doyle (53), Muireann O'Connor for McGuckin (60), also Mia Kavanagh, Róisín Egan, Denise Deering, Aisling O'Dwyer.

Referee: Mick Lanigan (St. Ibar's/Shelmalier).

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