Harps too strong for Clonad

The Harps, under the management of Barney O’Connor and Sarah-Leigh Murphy, overcame Clonad in a hard fought U-14B Camogie Final in Rathdowney on Saturday.

The Harps, under the management of Barney O’Connor and Sarah-Leigh Murphy, overcame Clonad in a hard fought U-14B Camogie Final in Rathdowney on Saturday.

The eventual winners edged ahead in the first half and built up a good lead by half time.

Clonad tried hard to get back into the game with notable performances from Sarah Fingleton, Emily Gowing and their goal scorer Rachel Fitzgerald however they found it very hard to breach a very strong Harps defense.

The Harps were playing well all over the pitch and had players well able to break through Clonad’s defense and pick off scores. Harps captain Jennifer Cass was the star of the show, sweeping up in the backs and supplying some great ball to her forwards and she also had a personal tally of 1-1.

Yeaneah O’Connell and Lorraine O’Dea proved to be invaluable to the Harps defense, while the mighty Molly O’Connor tirelessly ruled midfield along side her captain.

It was the ability of all of the Harps forwards to break tackles that ultimately made the difference on the scoreboard as center forward Shauna O’Dea scored 1-1, corner forward Eimear Fitzpatrick scored two points, in the other corner Eimear Dunphy scored one point and the Harps top scorer Emily McGuigan scored two goals and two points.

The Harps: Nessa McEvoy, Stephanie O’Dea, Yeaneah O’Connell, Teresa Fitzpatrick, Meave Bergin, Lorraine O’Dea, Meave McNeill, Jennifer Cass(capt)1-1, Molly O’Connor, Louise Walshe, Shauna O’Dea 1-1, Gráinne Phelan, Eimear Dunphy 0-1, Emily McGuigan 2-2, Eimear Fitzpatrick 0-2. Subs: Kate Campion for Eimear Fitzpatrick, Jeanne deToulgoet for Eimear Dunphy, Nicola Ryan for Louise Walshe, Meadbh Deegan for Emily McGuigan, Lauren McGuigan for Gráinne Phelan, Bronagh McEvoy, Róisin Phelan and Caoimhe Earls.

Clonad: Abbie Cole, Róisin Dwyer, Ellen Connolly, Aoife Daly, Elaine Daly, Emily Gowing, Sarah Fingleton, Chloe Norton, Rachel Fitzgerald 1-0, Caoimhe Murphy, Ellen McWey, Arianna Mezzepelle, Aishling Ahern, Anna Hennessy, Sarah McMahon, Grace O’Brien, Iseult Brachen, Ava Graham, Emily Goode, Grace Salmon.