The scoreline didn’t reflect the engagement between the two teams in this girls Division 6 Cumann na mBunscol camogie final but there were two main people on the pitch, Eimile McWey and Kate Whelan who were dominant for Ballyroan throughout the match.
McWey got the first score of the game in the sixth minute when she soloed through the Scoil Mhuire defence and tapped the ball to the back of the net, and this set the foundation of Ballyroan’s high scoring in the first half, which then following through the rest of the game. Whelan was very accurate converting every single free and forty-five in the first half, stretching her teams lead to 1-5 to no score at the half.
Scoil Mhuire were showing great defence in the backline and Ballyroan were finding it hard to break through players while running. McWey and Sarah McMahon made it count when they got through, adding a goal and keeping the score board ticking over.
A magnificent triple save by Scoil Mhuire keeper Chaoimhe Grant Akande kept the shot of Ellen McWey out twice and the eventually a third shot by Sarah McMahon to give the Scoil Mhuire team an uplift heading into the last ten minutes of the match. Two minutes later, Sarah McMahon got a second chance at goals and she wasn’t going to be denied this time finishing the ball neatly into the corner of the net.
Scoil Mhuire got their first and only score of the game in the thirty - second minute thanks to Emma Fitzpatrick, who doubled a ball rushing into the Ballyroan square which sped by Arianna Mezzepelle in goals. But that wasn’t enough as the damage had already been done in the early stages of the match and a late goal by Grainne Smyth seen the end of the match as Ballyroan went to celebrate.
SCORERS - Ballyroan: Kate Whelan 0-6 (0-3f, 0-1 45), Eimile McWey 1-2, Sarah McMahon, Grainne Smyth 1-0 each; Scoil Mhuire: Emma Fitzpatrick 1-0
Ballyroan: Arianna Mezzepelle, Aoife Tynan, Caoimhe Delaney; Rachel Fitzpatrick, Caoimhe Murphy; Kate Whelan, Amy Fitzpatrick; Eimile McWey, Ellen Mcwey; Sarah McEvoy, Graine Smyth. Subs: Lennon for Ellen McWey (34min)
Scoil Mhuire: Chaoimhe Grant Akande, Amy O’Reilly, Wendy Obular; Niamh O’Connor, Anna Healy; Aoife Flynn, Tyrah Duff; Emma Fitzpatrick, Ciara Conroy; Ava Kingston, Sakina Bensaad. Subs: Elsiddig for Bensadd (20 min), Carroll for O’Connor (20 min), Zemberiova for Kingston (30 min), Kelly for Flynn (34 min)