Congratulations to our Junior Camogie team who won the Sr. Patricia cup in the Junior Munster competition played in Kilfinane today.
Played in a clear but chilly January day, the Scoil Pól girls showed tremendous grit and determination to overturn a half time deficit of 2 points to eventually win out on a score line of 2-8 to 1-4 against a gallant Presentation College from Mitchelstown.
Having had the experience of being on the other side of results the previous Saturday in the Senior final played in Kilmoyle, Co. Kerry, the Scoil Pól ladies were focused and determined to make amends today. All but two of the senior panel with underage today which augers very well for the future in Scoil Pól.
Great credit is due to coaches Noreen O Riordan, Sr. Patricia Coughlan and Sarah Collins who gave belief to the girls that their day would come – and today it has!!!
Congratulations to everyone from the Scoil Pól community on your fantastic result!!!
Scoil Pol, Kilfinane 2-8 Presentation, Mitchelstown 1-4
SCOIL Pol won the Munster Camogie under-16.5 ‘B’ North title after a strong second half display saw them overcome Presentation, Mitchelstown in an entertaining final in Kilfinane.
Trailing 1-3 to 0-3 at the interval, Scoil Pol showed great passion and determination in the second period to ensure that they left with the Sr Patricia Cup.
Great displays from Aoife Cronin and Katie O’Connor in attack were vital for the south Limerick school in this victory.
Also crucial for the winners was the solid display of their full back line, which consisted of Brooke O’Dea, Rachel Condon and Clodagh O’Brien.
However, they were almost outdone by a Presentation side who had some stars of their own.
Centre back Aine Keating, Shona Lang and Sally McCarthy in particular did everything in their power to ensure that the supporters who had travelled in support of the north Cork school would leave the happier. McCarthy was the scorer-in-chief for Mitchelstown with her goal coming from a free.
While it wasn’t her best strike of the afternoon, it had enough power to end up in the back of the net for the score which separated the sides at the half time whistle.
However, Scoil Pol, backboned with players from Blackrock-Effin and Galbally scored 1-5 in the second half in a strong display to see them over the line.
Katie O’Connor got their first goal with a super strike to give the Limerick side the lead for the first time.
The second goal came with under 15 minutes to play as Aoife Cronin – the lone Kilmallock player in the line-up – got the crucial score for the side with Noreen O’Riordan, Sarah Collins and Sr Patricia on their management team.
Despite their best efforts, Presentation couldn’t get the goal they needed to get back into the game.
While they were struggling to score at one end, the free-taking of Denise Mullins kept the board ticking for the Kilfinane school who ran out seven point victors.
After the game, match referee Mike Meade presented the cup to Scoil Pol captain, Brooke O’Dea
SCORERS: Scoil Pol, Kilfinane: Aoife Cronin, Katie O’Connor 1-2 each; Denise Mullins 0-4 (0-2 45s, 0-1 free, 0-1 pen).
Presentation, Mitchelstown: Sally McCarthy 1-4 (0-2 frees)
SCOIL POL: Roisin O’Riordan; Brooke O’Dea, Rachel Condon, Clodagh O’Brien; Leah O’Sullivan, Denise Mullins, Eibhlis Lee; Claire O’Dwyer, Rachel Walsh; Aoife Cronin, Ellie Quilty, Roisin Tan; Katie O’Connor, Sineal Halpin, Sinead Walsh.
PRESENTATION, MITCHELSTOWN: Chloe Barry; Aniva Corbett, Maura O’Doherty, Aoife Hanrahan; Shauna Cremin, Aine Keating, Shauna Maher; Lauren O’Brien, Sarah Kent; Shona Lang, Sally McCarthy, Marie Buckley; Seana Hurley, Anna Murphy, Siobhan Moran.
REFEREE: Mike Meade (Ballylanders)
Winning Captain receiving the cup