Match Report
Minor A Shield Final Replay
Location: Netwatch Cullen Park Carlow.
Date: Sunday May 5th 2024
On a bright sunny day in Carlow Dublin played with the wind in the first half.
Compared to last week Dublin had a much better start to the game. The Dublin tactic of playing quick ball into the forward line was bearing fruit and led to the first goal of the game when Dublin’s No 14, Emma Moran won the fight for a long ball and drove it past the oncoming Wexford Goalkeeper.
Meanwhile at the other end Dublin’s goalie, Mia Farrell was doing a great job and came off her line on a number of occasions to collect and clear with interest any long ball that had been sent into the box.
Dublin’s No.10 Eimear Kehoe was delivering clever ball down right wing with No. 13 Beth Maguire coming out from the corner to win breaking ball and run at the Wexford defense.
Dublin made good use of the wind with Éabha Gannon slotting over a great long free after 20 mins to push Dublin into a 1-07 to 0-04 lead and Éabha struck again after 22 minutes, this time from the left sideline to move the score onto 1-08 to 0-04.
By halftime Dublin held a 7point lead, 1-11 to 0-7.
Wexford started the second half with plenty of determination and aided by the wind they clawed back 2 points in the 32nd and 34th minutes. It took until the 38th minute before Emma Moran got Dublin’s first score of the half.
On 40 mins Dublin made their first substitution when No. 21 Caitlin McKenna replaced Éabha Gannon.
McKenna’s first involvement was to pop over a free to bring the score to 1-13 to 0-11 which was quickly followed by another score from a free.
4 minutes later on 46 minutes McKenna registered her 3rd point but almost immediately Wexford scored their first goal of the game to reduce the gap to 4 points. 1-16 to 1-12
With 10 minutes to go Dublin were fighting hard across all the lines and despite the wind they matched Wexford by grabbing 2 important points from Gemma Connolly and Emma Moran. These scores maintained that all important from 4 point gap.
Both sides introduced fresh legs but on 56 minutes Wexford grabbed their second goal of the game to reduce the gap to 1 point, 1-18 to 2-14
Over the final 7 minutes which included 3 minutes of injury time Wexford pushed hard for the levelling score and with time almost up they were awarded a 45. This is a real pressure situation for any player to face but luckily for Dublin the sliotar drifted to the left and wide. That was the last play of an enthralling final between 2 very evenly matched teams. Final score in favour of Dublin 1-19 to 2-15.
Commiserations to Wexford, They certainly played their part in providing huge entertainment over the 2 games. Well done Dublin.

Ballyboden St Endas are represented by Emma Moran and Jess Hughes, who once again renewed their Camogie careers playing together. The history books show that Emma & Jess first took to the field together at the Cumann na mBunscol and secured victory in Croke Park, with the picture below of them them winning Corn Bean Uí Phuirseil for Colmcilles in Croker against St Pius X GNS on 10th June 2019.

The two girls have now played on the school team together and represented their club on the Dublin Camogie County Minor team together. They have yet to have the opportunity of playing on the same pitch together for the club though – no doubt that opportunity will come to pass in the months ahead, and they will add huge value to the club minor Camogie & LGFA teams.