GIRLS DIVISION 5 - Rosenallis edge out Stradbally after nail-biting final

Rory Delaney

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Rory Delaney

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Rosenallis edged out Stradbally by just four points after this highly-entertaining Division 6 Camogie final at O'Moore Park last Friday morning.

Rosenallis NS 5-2

Stradbally NS 4-1

Rosenallis couldn't have asked for a better start, as they scored a goal inside the opening minute. Caoimhe Egan provided the score, as her powerfully struck shot from 12 yards out flew into the top corner.

Stradbally responded in similar style, however, as Katie Donogher's shot from distance evaded the Rosenallis defence and found its way into the bottom corner.

Now it was Rosenallis' turn to respond, and they did so in style, with Lucy Conroy pouncing for their second goal. In a see-saw half of camogie, however, Stradbally drew level with an Alisha Lawless goal, and then went ahead with a point from Donogher. However, the scores would be tied at the break, as Caoimhe Egan's free made it 2-1 each.

The early stages of the second half were a real game of chess, with both sides probing for a score, but finding that defences were on top form.

Rosenallis eventually made the breakthrough thanks to a goal from Lucy Conroy, and Caoimhe Egan added a point moments later. Stradbally showed all their battling qualities after that though, as two goals from Katie Donogher gave them the lead.

In a tense finish, goals from Caoimhe Egan and Emma Corcoran saw Rosenallis get the crucial scores they needed for the win.

ROSENALLIS NS

Scorers: Caoimhe Egan 2-2 (1-2 frees), Lucy Conroy 2-0, Emma Corcoran 1-0.

Team: Emma Corcoran; Aimee Cuddy, Emma Conroy; Caoimhe Egan, Lucy Conroy; Martha Anna Dooley, Kiera Poole. Subs: Ava Jewell, Róisin Russell.

ST COLMAN'S NS STRADBALLY

Scorers: Katie Donogher 3-1, Alisha Lawless 1-0.

Team: Lucy Kerrigan; Poppy Mullan, Ava Foley; Katie Donogher, Emma Tuohy; Mia McGannon, Alisha Lawless.

Referee: Eoin Scully (Camross)