St Judes 0-10 Ballyboden St Endas 2-11
This was essentially a knockout quarter final, the winner would advance as group runners-up and the loser would have to contest the Shield.
St Judes started well and picked off a couple of early points. Boden responded well with points from Darina Ryan and Jodie White. The first half was well contested throughout the field, with goal chances few and far between. Jodie did have a half chance but her effort was saved, but Emer O’ Leary then advanced on goal and finished to the net with a fine hand pass.
Dearbhla Brennan was doing well at centre forward and also got on the score sheet with 3 points from play in total during the game. Darina’s free taking was exemplary throughout the game to add to her great reading of the game.
At half time Boden deservedly lead by 1-7 to 0-5.
Early exchanges in the second half were fairly even, with the Boden defence once again standing firm. All 6 of our defenders were constantly in the face of their opponent, contesting possession with great intensity from beginning to end.
Emer O’ Leary pounced for a second goal midway through the second half and the result never looked in doubt after this. Some fine points from Darina Ryan, Emer O’Leary and Claire Kirwan kept Judes at bay.
Subs Claire Kirwan, Sarah Keenan, Aisling Gargan & Laura Burns joined the fray and the fresh legs meant that the high level of work rate never dropped.
The final score of 2-11 to 0-10 was probably a fair reflection of the game.
This was a great team performance, and while possibly unfair to single out any individual’s it should be mentioned that Sile Nic Coitir was a secure as ever in goal and gave great confidence with her handling and distribution. Su gave a Captain’s performance at full back, and with Eve & Aoife were rock solid in the full back line, while Martha excelled at centre back. Doireann was at her magnificent best in midfield while Darina Ryan had possibly her finest hour in the Boden jersey. Laura & Emer were a constant threat in the inside line.
Notable mention to the tenacious Aoife Durkin who attacked every ball from start to finish and should be very proud of her display.
Notable mention also to Jane Edwards who travelled back from her College studies in Aberdeen to contain the threat of Judes’ most dangerous player!
On now to the semi-final trip away to Na Fianna in a fortnight when hopefully we will be at full strength.
Many congratulations to the girls on their best performance of the year, and to the management team of Richie, Peter, Orla, Nuala & Bernard.
*Congratulations from all at the Camogie section to the Dublin Ladies and in particular to our own Rachel Ruddy, Emily Flanagan and Sorcha Farrelly.
** Best of luck to the Senior Ladies Football team in their Championship Final on Sunday from all involved with the Senior Camogie and indeed the Camogie section in general, let’s make it a double!
Team: Sile Nic Coitir, Eve O’ Donoghue, Su Kennedy, Aoife O’ Neill, Aoire Durkin, Martha O’ Donoghue, Jane Edwards, Doireann Mullany, Sarah Nagle, Jodie White, Dearbhla Brennan, Hannah Hyland, Laura Nagle, Darina Ryan, Emer O’ Leary, Claire Kirwan, Sarah Keenan, Aisling Gargan, Laura Burns