Cahir Camogie Club have just enjoyed a weekend of great fun and enjoyment thanks to the U-14 Team who were crowned All-Ireland champions when they represented Tipperary in the All-Ireland Feile na Gael Division 1 competition, held in Galway last weekend. Their first game of the tournament was against Turloughmore. With the rain pelting down Cahir came away with a convincing win on a 2-5 to 0-1 scoreline.
On Saturday morning the girls had an early start and were in the Borthar na Tra club grounds in Salthill for their second game of the tournament against the home team, when they had another convincing victory by 3-7 to 0-1.
Their next encounter was against Naomh Judes (Dublin), a very tough game with atrocious weather conditions to deal with along with a very skilful and well prepared opposition. Cahir won by 1-4 to 1-1 to put them through to a semi final against Ballinascreen (Derry), which was played in Loughrea. After another epic encounter Cahir won to reach the final.
The final was played in Pearse Stadium, Galway against St. Martin’s of Wexford, and Cahir emerged victorious by 4-10 to 1-7. Cahir had the advantage of a strong wind in the first half and within 2 minutes of the throw-in Roisin Howard had 2 points. Ashling Moloney popped over another point from a 45 metre free while Roisin Howard scored another from play. St. Martins scored two points before Caoimhe Condon put over a fine point. Two more frees accurately taken by the outstanding Ashling Moloney and another point by the equally prominent Rosin Howard were registered on the scoreboard.
The same duo combined for Roisin Howard to score Cahir’s opening goal. Claire Doyle finished the first half scoring with a super goal. The midfield pairing of Aoife Corcoran and Grainne Quirke proved to be dominant. Keely Halpin in goal kept a cool head and expertly directed her back line of Jessie West, Roisin Costigan and Kirsty Arbuckle. Captain Caral Casey frequently soared high, taking great possession. A very young Eileen Flannery came into her own over the weekend and her fearless approach to every tackle was a joy to watch. Katie Farrell has made her wing forward position her residence and her ability was in evidence, particularly in this final.
Wexford came at Cahir straight away in the opening minutes of the second half and had two points scored before the mighty Aoife Corcoran cleared the ball into the path of Roisin Howard, who popped over a point. Again Wexford were on the attack and found the back of the Cahir net.But Cahir responded well and Eadaoin O’ Gorman and Rosin O Donnell set up Roisin Howard for the third goal. Another goal by Roisin Howard put the outcome beyond doubt and Cahir ran out winners by 4-10 to 1-7. Subs Eilish Kennedy, Laura Casey and Shauna Burke were introduced and although the other subs did not get a run out in the final Emma O’ Donnell, Jessica Coffey and Alissa Keating all played their part over the weekend.
Great credit goes to manager Mary Howard and her team of Caral Keating, Marie Casey, Anthony Corcoran and Martin Halpin for the commitment they have shown to this team all over the year.