MYSHALL 4-7 NAOMH BRÍD 0-7
THE final scoreline in this camogie senior final at The Training Centre on Saturday might indicate this was just another cake walk for Myshall. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reigning champions might have won their 21st title in a row but they had to dig deep and find something more.
Of course they did find that little bit extra and a scoring burst of 3-2 and only conceding a solitary point in a spell of eight minutes in the second half clinched victory. Up to those fatal moments for Naomh Bríd, which started on 39 minutes, that was the difference between the two teams.
The challengers ripped into Myshall in the opening four minutes. Two frees by Eibhe Lawler and a point from Lisa McAssey had the maroon and whites three clear.
Then in stepped Ciara Quirke. Naomh Bríd know she cannot be given any room and when she got the ball thirty metres out it looked as if she had nowhere to go. Suddenly an injection of pace from the Myshall scoring machine took her clear in front of goal. She made no mistake and the sides were level.
Play ebbed and flowed after that. Quirke converted a 45 on 15 minutes to give her side a narrow advantage. She then exchanged points with Lawler and at half-time the holders led 1-2 to 0-4.
It was tit for tat in the third quarter. Quirke and Lawler exchanged further scores. When a loose Myshall clearance came to Emma Brennan she levelled matters once more.
The Lawler was just wide with a free and from there Myshall took over. Quirke pointed from play and when she ran at the Naomh Bríd defence at the Fenagh end of the ground space opened up and Myshall had another goal.
A shocked Naomh Bríd did reply with a Rachel Sawyer point but Myshall were not for turning. It was the turn of Caoimhe Jordan to stretch the Naomh Bríd defence but when the ball broke loose Quirke was on hand to score her third goal.
The cup was heading back to Myshall for sure after that. Job done the former All-Ireland champions saw out the game in style. Caoimhe Jordan struck a blow for the young ones who are being introduced on an annual basis down in the South Carlow club when she netted her side’s final goal. Abbie Foley finished the scoring with a point near the end for a side who never seem to lose their hunger and just love winning.
MYSHALL: Mairead Doyle; Gillian Doyle, Niamh Quirke, Leanne Nolan; Breege Nolan, Kate Nolan, Tara Wilson; Ciara Mullins, Aine Behan; Ali Ruschitzko, Olivia Jordan, Marian Doyle; Michelle Nolan, Ciara Quirke (3-4, 1free 45), Emma Coogan (0-2). Subs: Caoimhe Jordan (1-0) for Ruschitzko (18 mins), Abbie Foley (0-1) for O. Jordan (46 mins), Kim Doyle for Coogan (53 mins), Aine Nolan for M. Nolan (55 mins).
NAOMH BRÍD: Tracy McNally; Laura Kearney, Helen Roche, Laura Regan; Keeva Collins, Caoimhe O’Neill, Amy Dooley; Emma Brennan (0-1), Niamh Forde; Megan Condron, Lisa McAssey (0-1), Katie Garry-Murphy; Jenny Sawyer, Eibhe Lawler (0-4, 3 frees), Rachel Sawyer (0-1).
REFEREE: Brian Deering (Rathvilly).
By Kieran Murphy