Lismore 2-10 -
DID Electrical County Senior Camogie Final
Lismore wanted this badly and cherished a fourth senior title in five years after an almighty tussle with Gailltír on Saturday afternoon. After losing to the blue and navy twelve months ago, this battle-hardened group wore down their youthful opponents through a robust second half performance.
In front of two packed stands at WIT, this final was in the melting pot until full forward Caithriona McGlone stung the top of the net a minute into added time. The goal specialist struck her first at the tail end of the first half to give Lismore a narrow lead that they simply refused to relinquish. Three times Gailltír came within a point but Brendan Landers’ team managed to close it out over the seven minutes of stoppages. An animated Landers was shown a red card by referee Liz Dempsey during that action-packed finish and banished to stand.
Aoife Hannon was marked absent last year and Lismore struggled badly on frees as a consequence. This time around, the reliable dead ball striker converted six out of seven opportunities and tacked on a point from play. Shona Curran was a colossus throughout the second half, horsing into tackles, protecting the half back line and charging out with ball. Shauna Kiernan produced another steady hour at centre back while Marie Russell was tenacious all through. Captain Nicola Morrissey showed tirelessly on the wing and looked around to pick out team mates.
Underage sensation Annie Fitzgerald excited the large Gailltír support with her every move. She helped herself to six points, engineered hard earned frees and executed hooks and blocks all afternoon. A late bang lessened her impact on proceedings. The vastly experienced Emma Roche also had a considerable influence from a loose number six role. Orla Murphy sent on Patricia Jackman after 40 minutes. The All Ireland intermediate winner from 2015 missed the majority of the season but even her presence at full forward couldn’t drag them past this hardy Lismore bunch.
Caithriona McGlone was bottled up for most of the opening half by the Gailltír swarm defence but she wriggled free to bury a shot across Ciara Jackman and send Lismore 1-5 to 0-7 ahead at the break. Until that three pointer, the challengers lived off Aoife Hannon’s frees and singles from Nicola Morrissey and Grainne Kenneally.
The sides were level five times in a fiercely contested battle. Although Lismore applied early pressure, Annie Fitzgerald’s talent shone through as the game loosened up. Emma Roche drilled two balls out to the left wing and the Waterford underage star glided past the Lismore defence to nab two points. The first whizzed over Tanya Morrissey’s crossbar. She also converted three frees in nonchalant fashion. On the half hour mark, Hannon and Ruth Geoghegan combined to release McGlone. Her unstoppable drive to the far corner was a momentum killer for Gailltír who had played with a slight breeze.
Emma Roche needed attention at the start of the second half but when play resumed McGlone set up Hannon for a point. After another injury delay to patch up Aine Lyng, Fitzgerald dispatched a free into the dressing room goal.
The reigning champions then introduced Patricia Jackman and Clodagh Carroll in a bid to keep hold of their crown. A chop on midfielder Sharon Williams allowed Hannon perform her party piece again but Lyng responded immediately. 1-7 to 0-9 heading into the last quarter.
A foul on McGlone led to another Hannon conversion. After a long range Hannon effort was batted away, Shona Curran cut through and let out a yell when her shot split the uprights (1-9 to 0-9). A poorly hit free from Fitzgerald drifted right and wide. Lyng took care of the dead ball responsibilities after Emer Walsh was carried off the field and she notched her third point.
In a fiery finale, Landers was ordered off the sideline. Gailltír threw on four subs and another promising dual player Clodagh Carroll left them only a point adrift. With the next attack, Lismore’s marquee forward jangled the cobwebs. They knew it was in the bag then.
Scorers:- Lismore – Aoife Hannon 0-7 (5fs, 1 45’), Caithriona McGlone 2-0, Grainne Kenneally, Nicola Morrissey, Shona Curran 0-1 each.
Gailltír – Annie Fitzgerald 0-6 (4fs), Aine Lyng 0-3 (3fs), Ciara O’Sullivan, Clodagh Carroll 0-1 each.
LISMORE: Tanya Morrissey; Sarah Coughlan, Shauna Prendergast, Ellen Curran; Aoife Houlihan, Shauna Kiernan, Marie Russell; Shona Curran, Sharon Williams; Ruth Geoghegan, Grainne Kenneally, Nicola Morrissey; Aoife Hannon, Caithriona McGlone, Johanna Houlihan. Sub: Emma Power for Johanna Houlihan.
GAILLTÍR: Ciara Jackman; Eilis Cullinane, Margo Heffernan, Claire Dunne; Emily Mahony, Emma Roche, Jenny O’Grady; Shauna Fitzgerald, Ciara O’Sullivan; Kate Lynch, Annie Glavey, Aine Lyng; Emer Walsh, Roisin Flood, Annie Fitzgerald. Subs: Patricia Jackman for Glavey, Clodagh Carroll for Flood, Leah Sheridan for Cullinane, Aine O’Keeffe for Walsh.
Referee: Liz Dempsey.