Paddock too strong

A dominant display from Paddock NS saw them overcome a gutsy Killadooley challenge to claim the Division 3 Camogie title in O’Moore Park on Wednesday afternoon last. Making their first final appearance since a Division 1 defeat three years ago, Paddock weren’t to be denied this time around and inspired by their excellent midfielder Odile Fitzpatrick they put in a very impressive winning display.

A dominant display from Paddock NS saw them overcome a gutsy Killadooley challenge to claim the Division 3 Camogie title in O’Moore Park on Wednesday afternoon last. Making their first final appearance since a Division 1 defeat three years ago, Paddock weren’t to be denied this time around and inspired by their excellent midfielder Odile Fitzpatrick they put in a very impressive winning display.

Killadooley struck first with a Sarah Sweeney free but Paddock took the lead three minutes in with a powerful Odile Fitzpatrick free that flew into the roof of the Killadooley net and Paddock maintained their lead for the remainder of the game.

Their young forward Aine Cuddy also had a smashing game and her goal after ten minutes pushed Paddock further in front with only the free taking skills of Sarah Sweeney keeping Killadooley in contention.

A breathtaking strike from Odile Fitzpatrick from what looked like an impossible position on the right hand sideline increased her side’s lead and when Elaine Copeland calmly slotted past Killadooley’s goalkeeper Ciara Heffernan two minutes before the break Paddock had built up a nine point advantage.

Sarah Sweeney and Odile Fitzpatrick traded points early in the second half before Fitzpatrick completed her hat-trick with a neat finish. To their credit Killadooley kept plugging away and a fine goal from the impressive Keira Corcoran made sure that Paddock couldn’t relax just yet.

Aine Cuddy’s low shot made it six for Paddock to push her side’s lead to twelve points with just over ten minutes before three excellent Killadooley scores in a row showed their great spirit.

A second Keira Corcoran goal followed by two points from Sarah Sweeney sowed some seeds of doubt for the Paddock girls but unfortunately for Killadooley that was the last bit of scoring they would manage and Paddock kicked on in the final five minutes to leave the result in no doubt.

Two Odile Fitzpatrick frees, a hat-trick claiming goal from Aine Cuddy and Sara Cuddy point put pay to any hopes of a Killadooley fightback before a fitting finish from Odile made sure of the win. Her last minute goal capped off a tremendous personal performance but all over the field Paddock were excellent and they were full value for their win over a very brave and hard-working Killadooley.

Scorers: Paddock – Odile Fitzpatrick 4-3 (1-2f), Aine Cuddy 3-0, Elaine Copeland 1-0, Sara Cuddy 0-1. Killadooley – Sarah Sweeney 0-6 (0-5f), Keira Corcoran 2-0.

Paddock NS: Aoife Treacy, Bronagh Breen, Sara Cuddy, Lauren Burke, Elaine Copeland, Odile Fitzpatrick, Aine Cuddy. Subs: Emer Bennett, Eve Cuddy, Kerrie Delaney, Kate Fitzpatrick.

Killadooley NS: Ciara Heffernan, Rebekah McSpadden, Clodagh Tynan, Sarah Sweeney, Amy Quinlan, Jessica Quinlan, Keira Corcoran. Subs: Cora Bannon, Maire Comerford, Shone Jones, Andrea Kirwan, Zoe Daly, Denise Healy, Rachel Delaney, Abbey Vaughan, Emma Dunphy.