Clinical St. Killian’s claim first All Ireland title

Tesco All-Ireland Schools’ Junior C final

St Killian’s College Garron Tower (Antrim) 5-14

Seamount Kinvara (Galway) 2-8

A clinical scoring performance by full-forward Clodagh McPeake helped St. Killian’s College Garron Tower to their first All Ireland camogie title when they overcame the challenge of Seamount Kinvara in Templeport, Co Cavan today.

McPeake had a useful ally in Kady McNeill who was the outstanding player on view in a Garron Tower team without a weakness with the North Antrim side dominant throughout and full value for their 15 point winning margin.

St Killian’s dominated the opening exchanges and looked to be coasting to victory when they led 1-6 to 0-1 after 20 minutes but the Galway side produced their best spell in the game when they finished the opening half strongly to close the gap to 1-7 to 1-4 with three minutes remaining to the break.

Significantly the North Antrim side regained their composure however and replied with points from Orlaith McAlister and Kady McNeill and when Clodagh McPeake added a quick fire double they had moved 3-9 to 1-4 ahead and were back in total control.

St Killian’s started this game with 12 players from Ruairí Óg in their starting line-up and took control from the start with Abi McNeill and her wingers in the half back line dominant. However the score was just 0-2 to 0-1 after ten minutes before Kady McNeill struck with a flurry of points.

Eimear Butler and Orlaith McAlister added points before Clodagh McPeake struck with the first of four goals in the 14th minute. Seamount looked to be struggling until Beibhinn Walsh goaled in the 20th minute and added a point as the Galway side had closed the deficit to just three points coming into half time.

That late first half scoring burst from St Killian’s all but killed off the Seamount challenge with the Ulster champions pushing home their advantage in the second half with the Galway girls only able to add two further points in the first 20 minutes of the second half, both from frees.

St Killian’s turned the screw and Kady McNeill and Orlaith McAlister added two points each before McNeill and McPeake added goals in the 43rd and 48th minutes to conclude their scoring.

Although well beaten at this stage, Seamount kept battling to the end with sub Nina Lina McKeown finding the net and Zoe Bergin and Mia Rodgers adding points but they were merely consolation scores.

Garron Tower controlled matters for the greater part of the contest with the half-back line dominant throughout. In attack Clodagh McPeake, Kadi McNeill and Orlaith McAllister were unstoppable while midfielders Cara O’Boyle and Laura Black were always on top in this sector.

The Connacht champions had decent performers in Zoe and Mia Rodgers, Ella Bergin, Lara Kilkelly and Rhianom Dalton but they had no real answer to a superb St. Killian’s side on the day.

St Killian’s: Louise Mulholland, Caoimhe Morgan, Eimhear McMullan, Maire-Claire McAlister, Aisling Mulholland, Abi McNeill, Cliodhna O’Hara, Cara O’Boyle, Laura Black, Kady McNeill 1-5, Orlaith McAlister 0-7 (2fs), Ellie Jo Butler, Eimear Butler 0-1, Clodagh McPeake 4-1, Orlaith McCurry.

Subs :. Maeve McAlister for C O’Hara (20), Rhianna Black for E Butler (HT), Eva McNeill for O McCurry (39), Niamh McNeill for C Morgan (51).

Seamount: A Barry, A Greaney, L Gately, C Crossan, R Dalton, Z Rodgers capt 0-1, M Doyle, H Corocran, L Kilkelly, L Shields 0-2 (fs), C Maloney, B Walsh 1-1, G Bermingham, E Bergin 0-2 (fs), M Rodgers 0-2.

Subs: NL McKeown 1-0 for G Bermingham (34)

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