Colaiste Dun Iascaigh’s Junior Camogie team have created another little piece of sporting history for the school by capturing its first ever Munster A camogie title.
They won the Munster Junior A Plate defeating Presentation Thurles on a score line of 2-10 to 3-4 on a bitterly cold and windy day in Dr. Morris Park.
Team captain, Caoimhe Condon won the coin toss and elected to play with the strong wind. It was a fortunate decision as within six minutes of play starting Coláiste had six points on the board courtesy of Caoimhe, Roisin Howard, Aishling Moloney and Katie Farrell. The strong wind really affected the opposition’s puck outs. But when the ball did break up the field Coláiste’s backs were up to the task. Fiona Burke and Helena Walsh gave great support to center back Aoife Corcoran.
As the first half was drawing to a close Coláiste pressed home their advantage in possession. An Aishling Moloney free went straight to the back of Pres’ net and another goal gave the team a seemingly safe cushion going in to half time. But Presentation got a goal on the stroke of half time despite a fantastic point blank save from Laura Dillon, the Presentation forward got the ball on the rebound. The half time scored reflected the Colaiste’s overall first half dominance 2-8 to 1-1.
The second half saw a complete reversal of what had gone on in the first. The wind had seriously picked up and combined with the rain began to affect the state of play. It was now the Coláiste’s turn to batten down the defensive hatches as Presentation made full use of the wind to mount serious pressure on the Coláiste half and full back lines. Presentation Thurles scored two goals and two points in quick succession to leave the teams at 2-8 to 3-3. Our forwards, despite a great effort, couldn’t get scores and several frees were pushed wide by the ever present wind. Yet halfway through the second half Ashling Moloney and Roisin Howard got two vital points to make it 2-10 to 3-3.
The last minute few minutes were a very tense affair as Presentation Thurles threw everything into attack. They did manage one point but that was all as the Coláiste backs did just enough to keep them from getting that vital goal to draw the game. As the final whistle blew there was great relief and celebration at a job well done.
Panel: Laura Dillon, Kirsty Arbuckle, Maureen Murphy, Laura Casey, Helena Walsh, Aoife Corcoran, Fiona Burke, Ashling Moloney, Shauna Burke, Caoimhe Condon, Roisin Howard, Lauren Noonan, Ciara Hickey, Jessica Coffee, Katie Farrell, Alyssa Keating, Zoe Lynch, Emily O’Donovan, Keela O’Sullivan, Regina Cooney, Dervla Buckley, Niamh Murphy, Niamh Costello, Lauren Fitzgerald, Sarah Burke and Roisin Costigan.