Castlecuffe claimed their Roinn 5 camogie crown on Wednesday last thanks to a fine display from midfielder Kathleen Blake, as she inspired her team to a nine-point victory.
Blake hit six points from midfield but her overall contribution was outstanding as well, and she caused Shanahoe no end of problems over the course of the game. She was in the thick of the action early on too, as it was her pass to Sarah Jane Purcell which allowed her to crack home a goal to get the game’s first score.
A second Castlecuffe goal from Sharon Conroy and a string of points from Kathleen Blake had Shanahoe in real trouble, as Castlecuffe looked like they were going to run away with the win.
Shanahoe full-forward Leanne Delaney had no intention of letting the girls in green and red run away with this game, however, and she scored two excellent goals to bring her team right back into it. Her first was set up by Alice Walsh, while for her second goal, she showed great determination to squeeze a shot past Monica Conway in the Castlecuffe goal and leave the half time score reading 2-4 to 2-0 in favour of Castlecuffe.
Delaney started the second half as she had finishedf the first, with shots for goal, but Castlecuffe netminder Monica Conway twice denied her with top-class saves.
These saves proved crucial as moments later Sharon Conroy played the ball into Aislinn McRedmond and she made no mistake from close range with a deadly finish to the net. Worse was still to come for Shanahoe as Conroy turned from provider to poacher to grab her teams fourth goal of the proceedings and put ten points between the sides.
Alice Walsh, who set up a goal in the first half, scored one herself in the second as Shanahoe tried to reel back in Castlecuffe, but it was too late as Castlecuffe held on for victory.
SCORERS - Castlecuffe: Kathleen Blake 0-6 (4f), Sharon Conroy 2-0, Sarah Jane Purcell, Aislinn McRedmond 1-0; Shanahoe: Leanne Delaney 2-0, Alice Walsh 1-0
CASTLECUFFE NS: Monica Conway, Caoimhe Foynes, Rebecca Malone, Kathleen Blake, Sharon Conroy, Sarah Jane Purcell, Aislinn McRedmond. Subs: Emma Conroy, Orla Conroy, Mary Conway, Rachel Dooley, Chloe Delaney, Rachel O’Meara, Leah Rosney, Róisín Scully, Mary-Ellen Tynan
SHANAHOE: Rachael Hiney, Dearbhla Kelly, Maggie O’Toole, Megan Walsh, Nicole Guinan, Leanne Delaney, Jasmine Quinn. Subs: Alice Walsh, Megan Quinn, Róisín Peters, Shannon Kirwan, Tara Maforimbo, Mairéad Sinnott, Jane Madden, Clodagh McInerney