SACRED Heart's ability to find the net was the deciding factor in this Munster colleges' B league final played at Mallow on Sunday.
Sacred Heart, Clonakilty 2-
Coláiste Mhuire, Ennis 0-10
SACRED Heart’s ability to find the net was the deciding factor in this Munster colleges’ B league final played at Mallow on Sunday.
Having annexed the championship title the week before the West Cork team was pushed all the way by an outstanding Ennis outfit that with a little more composure in front of goal may well have triumphed.
The Clare school started well and were rewarded when Emma Kennedy slotted over a free inside the opening minute.
Clon replied through a Claire Sexton free and it was tit for tat throughout the first quarter with the sides deadlocked at 0-4 points. The unerringly accurate Kennedy added 0-3 for Ennis, with Sexton (2) and Michelle Dullea (1) replying for the Clon girls.
The second quarter belonged to Clon though with the ubiquitous Rosie Dullea thundering into the game at midfield. Goals from the hard-working Hannah Whelton and team captain Claire Sexton propelled Sacred Heart into an interval lead of 2-4 to 0-7.
The second half witnessed some fantastic camogie as the Clare girls, driven on by Kennedy and Ria Flanagan, launched attack after attack on the Clonakilty goal.
An overstretched defence resorted to fouling, and Emma Kennedy kept the scoreboard ticking over, adding four more points to her impressive tally of 0-9.
With the lead at just two points Ennis were awarded a penalty, the opportunity to goal was squandered though as the ball flew just over the bar.
This near escape seemed to spur Clon to life and a 50-yard free from Rebecca McCarthy was followed by an excellent score from Ciara Ryan. With Clon now three points ahead and defending tenaciously, time ran out on a gallant Coláiste Mhuire.
After the full time whistle and amid jubilant scenes, Esther O’Leary of Munster Colleges Camogie presented the cup to Clonakilty captain Claire Sexton.
Clonakilty scorers: Claire Sexton 1-4, Michelle Dullea, Ciara Ryan and Rebecca McCarthy 0-1 each.
Ennis scorers: Emma Kennedy 0-9, Ria Flanagan 0-1.
Champions: Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty celebrate after winning the Munster colleges’ senior camogie league cup last weekend. Front, from left, Niamh O’Sullivan (Barryroe), Ciara Ryan (Clonakilty), Leanne Calnan (do), Kirsty Scannell (Enniskeane), Claire Sexton, captain (Barryroe), Rosemarie Dullea (Clonakilty), Orla Lowney (do), Clara Crowley (Ballinascarthy), Lorraine Dineen (Kilbrittain/Timoleague), Rachel Sheehy (Barryroe) and Michelle Dullea (Ballinascarthy). Back from left, Rochelle Scannell (Enniskeane), Megan Ryan (Ballinascarthy), Becky Harrington (Clonakilty), Ailbhe Dowling (Kilbrittain/Timoleague), Rebecca McCarthy (Barryroe), Hannah Whelton (do), Meadhbh Sexton (do), Kellie Scannell (Enniskeane), Karina Lavery (Clonakilty), Katie Sexton (Kilbrittain/Timoleague), Orla Fahy (do), Ashling Sheehy (Barryroe), Caitlín Walsh (Kilbrittain/Timoleague) and Brian Daly (trainer).