Emo NS produced an excellent performance to keep a hard-working and unlucky Rathdowney side at bay to capture the Division 2 Camogie title in O’Moore Park on Wednesday afternoon. There was no doubting that Emo fully deserved their win but Rathdowney were very unlucky not to make an impression on the scoreboard with Emo goalkeeper Clodagh Brogan having a wonderful game between the sticks for the winners.
The Emo girls were well on top at the start but it took them to the seventh minute to finally break the Rathdowney resistance through a well-taken Emma Lawlor goal. She was outstanding on the big day and would do most of the Emo scoring, but for the rest of the first half it was the respective defences that really shone. Emo’s keeper Clodagh Brogan made a string of fine saves to deny both Shannon Hayes and Grainne Hoare, while the Rathdowney defence was also very strong and the only other score of the half came from a terrific Gillian Keenan free.
Most of the scoring came after the break with Emo building significantly on their four point half time lead. With Emma Lawlor in particularly ruthless form, the brave Rathdowney girls struggled to cope with her. Gillian Keenan added a point early on before Lawlor stole the show by rattling in an amazing 3-1 tally in the space of ten minutes.
She cut in from the left hand side to neatly point five minutes into the second half before two incredible solo goals left Rathdowney bewildered. She then swatted home her hat-trick from close range after a good save from Emma Fleming.
At the other end Rathdowney continued to try their best but were again denied by the extremely well-drilled and disciplined Emo defence who cleared their lines time after time, and Emo finished the job with two minutes to go when a blistering long range shot from Mary-Kate Moore found its way past the Rathdowney rearguard and settled in the back of the net.
Rathdowney had battled hard and made their opponents fight for everything but they came up against a very strong Emo side that were nothing short of excellent on the day. Clodagh Brogan and captain Rachel Downey made it impossible for Rathdowney to get any scores and with Emma Lawlor in such fine scoring form Emo were always going to be tough to stop.
SCORERS - Emo: Emma Lawlor 4-1, Mary-Kate Moore 1-0, Gillian Keenan 0-2 (frees)
EMO: Clodagh Brogan, Chloe Langford, Rachel Downey, Isabella O’Toole, Mary-Kate Moore, Gillian Keenan, Sinead O’Rourke, Emma Lawlor, Zoe Keenan. Subs: Jordan Carroll, Agata Duda, Hannah Johnston, Honor Burns Mooney, Aoife Langford, Merel McEvoy, Clodagh Dunne, Caoimhe Fitzpatrick, Katie O’Donnell, Niamh Ryan, Niamh Kiernan, Ruth Forde Egan.
RATHDOWNEY: Emma Fleming, Brid Lowry, Aoife Sherman, Sarah Prendergast, Aisling Henderson, Shauna Ryan, Shannon Hayes, Lauren Samblin, Grainne Hoare. Subs: Leah Campion, Aine Kelly, Emily Hayes, Grace Hayes, Lorna Collins, Rosie Fitzpatrick, Paulina Widera, Louise O’Sullivan, Shannon Kelly, Erin Ryan, Aoife Scanlon.