Ciaran Carey appointed Limerick camogie manager

February 05, 2007

Ciaran Carey
Limerick camogie got a great boost at the weekend with the news that Ciarán Carey, the former star hurler is to take over the senior Limerick camogie team. What a start the girls gave him with a huge 4-12 to 0-2 victory over the visiting Dubs in Adare on Sunday in the openig round of the National League Div 1B.   This was very much a team effort from Limerick as from full-back and All-Star nominee of 2006 Michelle Casey to forwards Vera Sheehan and Eileen O'Brien they hurled throughout the hour. Add in fourteen year old teen star Naoimi Carroll  who scored one point and one begins to think that Limerick may well be on the way back. In fairness to Dublin they were always going to be up against it, as this is Limerick's first choice, while this is Dublin's second side, but no doubt the experience will stand to them in future games and it will give them a guide as to the possible standard in the 'B' Division.   The final result may have been much higher were in not for the brilliant defensive play from 2006 All-Star nominee Michelle Casey who time and time again denied the visiting Dubs a sniff of the ball. By half time the game was well out of Dublin's reach as the home side led 4-6 to 0-0, thanks to four fab goals from Vera Sheehan (2-0), Sinéad Mc Auliiffe and a second minute goal from Eileen O'Brien which set the scene for the green and white shirts.   This victory was not however just about one person as young Sinéad Mc Auliffe put in a great display at midfield and constantly supplied forwards Vera Sheean and Eileen O'Brien with plenty of ball who put it to good use.    Limerick may have taken the foot slightly off the pedal in the second half but despite a nineth minute point from Dublin's Clodagh Conney it was not enough to spurr the young Dubs to a comeback as they had to wait until four minutes from time for their second and only other score a point from a penalty taken by Emer Brogan.   A further six points in the second half certified a Limerick victory and will set them up nicely for their next outing against Galway on March 4th in Galway.   Elsewhere, London made their visit to Clonoe in Tyrone pay off with a 2-6 to 1-2 victory in Division 3. Such were the weather conditions that a yellow sliotar was used to overcome the intense fog that prevailed there all day. The visitors got off to a dream start with a first minute goal from Brid Grennan, however a very close opening half prevailed following a Tyrone goal from Julie Lagan just beyond the midway stage. Despite the Tyrone goal, they trailed 1-1 to London's 1-2 at the break. As in the opening half the visitors got another superb second half start with a Helen Collier goal after just two minutes and after that there was no disputing as to who might be the winners on the day.   Meanwhile, Laois set a high standard with a 6-12 to 1-2 over Carlow in Division 2 B in Durrow. Five fab first half goals from Elaine O'Mahony,Eimear Delaney, Trish Cuddy (2-0) and Amy O'Callaghan meant there was no doubt at the break as to who the winners would be as the O'Moore county were well in control by then 5-6 to 0-0. Carlow did try hard in the second half, but despite a Margaret Coady goal midway it was not enough on the day and so Laois ran out worthy winners.      The Derry vesus Offaly match was called off due to ground conditions while the Meath versus Westmeath game did not go ahead either.   St.Mary's Charleville overcame Loreto College Fermoy 3-7 to 1-6 in the Munster Senior 'A' Colleges Final on Saturday. A dream start came Charleville's way when Marie Walsh goaled after just two minutes and five minutes later they went a second goal up thanks to Maria Reidy. Loreto, fought back with a goal from Grace Kearney just before half time. However, they were largely dependent on Gala senior All-Ireland medal winner Orla Cotter who finished the day with 0-6, (all frees). In the end it was the sheer determination that earned the holders Charleville another All-Ireland semi-final spot against the Connacht champions in a few weeks time.   Details:   Nat. League, Div 1B: Limerick: 4-12: V Sheehan 2-3, E O'Brien 1-5, (0-4f), S Mc Auliffe 1-2, M Keating, N Carroll 0-1 each. Dublin 0-2: C Cooney, E Brannigan 0-1 each.   Div 2B: Laois: 6-12: T Cuddy 2-1, E Delaney 1-5 (0-4f), E Mahony 1-2,A O' Callaghan 1-1,M Dalton 1-0,S Moylan 0-2, L O'Callaghan 0-1. Carlow: 1-2: M Coady 1-0, V Crean, C Mullen 0-1 each.   Div 3: London: 2-6: B Grennan 1-2, H Collier 1-0, E Quigley 0-2, S Keatley, A Deasy 0-1 each. Tyrone: 1-2:J Lagan 1-0, C Ogle, B Burke 0-1 each.   Munster Colleges c'ship finals: Sen. 'A' St.Mary's Charleville: 3-7: M Walsh 1-3, M Reidy 1-0, D O'Callaghan 1-0, L Fitzgerald 0-2 (0-1f),F Morrissey, R Rea 0-1 each. Loreto, Fermoy: 1-6: G Kearney 0-6 (0-6f), O Cotter 1-0.   Inter 'B' Final: Doon, Limerick 2-5 Midleton 1-5   Jun. 'C' Coláiste Choilm, Cork, 2-7 Borrisokane 2-2   Leinster Colleges c'ship finals: Jun. ''B': St.Dominics, Cabra, Dublin, 3-10 Brigidines,Mountrath, Laois 1-2   Jun. 'C': De La Salle, Carlow 2-5 Banagher, Offaly 3-1.

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