Brídíní Óga seal final spot with brilliant win over Adare

AIB All-Ireland Junior Camogie semi-final:

Brídíní Óga Glenravel (Antrim) 1-10 Adare (Limerick) 1-9

Pics by Aidan Ryan

Brídíní Óga Glenravel booked their place in the final of the All Ireland Junior Camogie Championship when they saw off the challenge of Limerick and Munster champions Adare in Sunday’s semi-final at Abbostown, Dublin.

Laoisa McKenna makes a great high catch during Sunday’s win over Adare at Abbotstown. Pic by Aidan Ryan

On what was the biggest day in the club’s history so far,the girls from Glenravel produced their best display of the season, and they needed every ounce of it to get the better of an excellent Adare team, for whom centre half back Sophie O’Sullivan was superb.   Leading by a single point at half time (1-6 to 1-5) Brídíní Óga just kept their noses in front in the second half. The Munster champions drew level with just minutes left to play, but substitute Shauna McDonnell sealed the win for the Glenravel side with a great point at the end to book their place in the final again Wicklow and Leinster champions Knockananna in two weeks’ time.

Team captain Kirsty Lavety in action against Adare’s C Dunne. Pic by Aidan Ryan

Glenravel started well and went 0-3 to 0-1 ahead, two of the points coming from Sarah Fyfe, but a brilliant solo goal in the 10th minute from O’Sullivan rocked them back on their heels. The Antrim champions responded well and full forward Molly Woulahan maintained her goal scoring run when she found the back of the Adare net. With Laoisa McKenna moved back to pivot the defence, where she was flanked by Erin Coulter and Bronagh Laverty, the Ulster champions helped reduce O’Sullivan’s influence, though it took a top class save from goalkeeper Orla Donnelly in the dying minutes of the half to keep her side ahead at the break.

Sarah Fyfe, who scored four points from play in Glenravel’s win over Adare

Sarah Fyfe grabbed her fourth point of the game early in the second half which gave the Glenravel girls a great boost. Costelloe and Lauren Ryan pulled Adare back level, and it stayed that way for over ten minutes before Eimhear McAleenan nosed Glenravel back in front with two pointed frees. Costello brought her team back on terms with a point from play, and one from a free, to bring her personal total to 1-6, and extra time looked a distinct possibility, until a neat little scooped pass from Sarah Fyfe put Shauna McDonnell clear and the the second half substitute sealed an historic win with a well taken point.  

The Brídíní Óga Glenravel side who made history when they beat Adare in the semi-final of the All Ireland Junior Camogie Championship to secure a place in the All Ireland final in two weeks’ time. Pic by Aidan Ryan

Brídíní Óga Glenravel: O Donnelly, A Mulholland, M McKenna, J Woulahan, E Coulter 0-1, M Mulholland, B Laverty, L McKenna, K Laverty capt, E McAleenan 0-3 (frees), S Fyfe 0-4, V Edgar 0-1, A Traynor, M Woulahan 1-0, A Millar.

Subs: S McDonnell 0-1 for V Edgar (36), N McKay for a Millar (46), M Law for A Traynor (57)

Adare: E Walsh, E Butler, G McNamara, A Mullins, M Butler, S O’Callaghan capt 0-1, H Sweeney, C Dunne, L Ryan 0-1, M O’Halloran, C Costelloe 1-6 (0-3 frees), C Griffin, A Giltenane, P Giltenane, A Houlihan 0-1.

Subs: L Butler for A Giltenane (HT), A O’Halloran for M Butler (45), E Schafer for A Houlihan (48)

Referee: Brian Kearney

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