Camogie: Junior title for Kilmessan
09 October 2017
Meath camogie Chairman Christy Mangan presents the Meath Junior Camogie Championship Cup to Kilmessan captain Niamh Carroll
Kilmessan 1-7 V Na Fianna 1-5
This was a very closely contested competition with only two points dividing the teams on the final whistle. Underground conditions also added to the play with misty rain falling throughout the game.
Kilmessan’s Lauren Gorman was a constant danger when in possession, Na Fianna’s Leah Divine gave an outstanding performance with solo runs, blocking and shooting and her never die attitude helped in being awarded Player of the Match.
Both teams battled well with some great defensive play from both goalies Niamh Caroll and Mary Reilly Na Fianna, also Clare Reynolds for Na Fianna clearing some very important ball from her back line. Kilmessans first goal came a minute into injury time of the first half and gave the eventual winners a 1-4 to 0-4 interval lead.
Kilmessan needed the experience of substitute Aileen Donnelly to help her team move forward in the second half. Veteran Donnelly sent over two crucial points from frees. Na Fianna could have closed out this game with the two penalties that were awarded with in the final quarter, but it was Kilmessan that finished stronger to seal victory.
Kilmessan Team : Niamh Carroll (C) Deirdre Donoghue, Ciara Collins, Emer Horan, Ciara Brady, Emma Fitzgerald, Rachel Duffy, Aine Brady, Niamh Costello 0-1, Hilary King, Lauren Gorman 1-1, Kathy Walsh 0-1, Emily Harlin, Joelle Smith 0-2, Catherine Donoghue. Sub: Aileen Donnelly 0-2
Na Fianna Team : Mary Reilly, Claire Reyonlds, Sophia Healy, Sarah Foran, Caroline Murphy, Micheala Forde, Kelly Martin , Leah Devine 0-3, Grainne Clarke, Shannon Swaine, Niamh Kirby 1-2, Siobhan Kirby, Tara Geraghty, Tess McCormack, Jenny Boggan.