Five first-half goals laid the foundation for Newcestown's brilliant win
Fr O’Neills 3-2
FIVE first-half goals laid the foundation for Newcestown’s brilliant win in the Cork camogie U16A Plate final last Saturday morning at Castle Road.
Played in horrendous weather conditions, Newcestown were quicker to settle and Orla Barrett tagged on two early points for the Carbery club.
Both teams were fighting hard for possession, with Newcestown’s Tara Buckley, Brid Desmond and Rachel Hallahan in flying form in defence, while Grace Ryan and Jane Buckley, working in tandem, were supplying ball into the forward line.
Fr O’Neills were then stunned by three Newcestown goals in a devastating two-minute spell, the first by wing back Grace Ryan who had an outstanding game and also won Player of the Match, followed by goals from forwards Eabha Collins and Aoibhe Sheehan.
Sheehan added another goal five minutes later and while Fr O’Neill’s forward Amy Doyle hit the back of the net for her side and Kate O’Brien added a point, the unstoppable Aoibhe Sheehan completed a first-half hat-trick for Newcestown, who led 5-2 to 1-1 at the break.
Orla Barrett stretched Newcestown’s lead with an early second-half point before Fr O’Neill’s Kate O’Brien responded with a goal from a 20-yard free. Newcestown goalkeeper Katie Hannon was coming under pressure and she pulled off three fine saves while at the other end, Caoimhe McCarthy added a point for the winners.
To counteract a late come-back by the opposition, Newcestown introduced fresh legs in the final quarter with Margaret Scanlon and Ashling Crowley introduced. Fr O’Neill’s goalkeeper Shannon Mulcahy then made two great saves to deny Orla Barrett and Aoibhe Sheehan. Soon after, centre forward Caoimhe Wilson scored two points in succession to copper-fasten the West Cork side’s lead.
With just seven minutes to go, Fr O’Neill’s star player Kate O’Brien added to her tally with a further goal and point from play, but this was too little too late. Newcestown stood firm to be crowned U16 county champions. The Newcestown management team includes Eamonn Buckley, Sean Dinneen, John Wilson, Jerry Ryan and Margaret Desmond.
Newcestown: Katie Hannon; Tara Buckley (C), Eimear Dinneen, Alice Buckley; Aoibhinn Wilson, Rachel Hallahan, Brid Desmond; Jane Buckley, Grace Ryan (1-0f); Caoimhe McCarthy (0-1), Caoimhe Wilson (0-2), Katie Twohig; Orla Barrett (0-3), Aoibhe Sheehan (3-0), Eabha Collins (1-0).
Subs: Margaret Scanlon, Ashling Crowley, Meabh Kiely, Jenna Deane, Brionagh Wilson, Andie Desmond.
Fr O’Neills: Shannon Mulcahy; Lorraine Murphy, Roisin Murphy, Ellen Millerick; Abigail Cody, Mary Millerick, Grainne O’Neill; Emma Fitzpatrick, Ali Wiggins; Grace Rooney, Kate O’Brien (2-2), Aoife Brosnan; Rebecca Kelleher, Amy Doyle (1-0), Shauna Mulcahy.
Subs: T Mullane, E Turvey, M Lowney, S O’Riordan, C Hodnett, SK Dorgan.