Clough­bawn cap­ture ti­tle

Blis­ter­ing start was cru­cial

Wexford People - - SPORT - JA­SON GOOD­I­SON Roinn 1 in Horeswood

CLOUGH­BAWN 3-12 HORESWOOD 2-4

CLOUGH­BAWN’S BLIS­TER­ING start went a long way to­wards en­sur­ing their vic­tory in the Mi­nor Roinn 1 camo­gie cham­pi­onship fi­nal in Horeswood.

With al­most three-quar­ters of their fi­nal tally scored be­fore the half-time whis­tle, it was that, cou­pled with a stern and un­for­giv­ing de­fen­sive dis­play, which paved the way for an im­pres­sive eleven-point vic­tory for the vis­i­tors.

It re­ally was a stun­ning de­fen­sive per­for­mance by the Clough­bawn girls. Lim­it­ing this tal­ented Horeswood side to just six scores is an achieve­ment in it­self, and ma­jor credit must go to Caoimhe Larkin, Mar­guerite Fur­long, Kate Fo­ley, Elaine Quigley, Oon­agh Bar­den and Kate Jack­man.

Their in­ten­sity and ea­ger­ness to carry out de­fen­sive ac­tions meant that Horeswood were never al­lowed more than a glim­mer of time or space in their at­tack­ing half with­out be­ing closed down.

That in­ten­sity trans­ferred into their at­tack­ers too. Sarah Flynn got their side of the score­board mov­ing early on be­fore a mo­men­tary set­back, when Kathryn Dempsey’s ef­fort from dis­tance was bat­ted into the path of Ciara Walsh who fin­ished well into the net.

Or­der was re­stored af­ter­wards as Clough­bawn clocked up nine unan­swered scores. Mi­nors from Faye Codd, Ni­amh Ogilvie and Ni­amh Ke­hoe re­stored their two­point lead be­fore Han­nah Keat­ing’s shot from dis­tance found a way past Emer Hunt, can­celling out Walsh’s goal (1-5 to 1-0).

Putting dis­tance be­tween the sides, Elaine Quigley struck a peach of a point over from an acute an­gle be­fore Flynn bun­dled the ball over the line in a melee in the Horeswood square.

May Wick­ham and Keat­ing both added points be­fore Horeswood scored for just the sec­ond time, when Michelle Kin­sella stopped the rot with a mi­nor from play.

Ni­amh Ke­hoe fin­ished the half with a well-taken placed ball to ex­tend Clough­bawn’s lead at the break to eleven (2-9 to 1-1).

Horeswood showed a lot of fight af­ter the re-start and they dom­i­nated the sec­ond-half. How­ever, they con­tin­ued to strug­gle to make mean­ing­ful in­roads into the Clough­bawn de­fence.

Rachel Greene be­tween the sticks was solid through­out for Clough­bawn, and she played a cru­cial part in keep­ing her op­po­nents at arm’s length.

It took a crack­ing fin­ish to beat her for Horeswood’s sec­ond, as Kin­sella looped an ef­fort into the top left cor­ner to mo­men­tar­ily make the deficit seven (2-9 to 2-2).

The killer blow hap­pened less than 30 sec­onds af­ter Horeswood got back into the game. Wick­ham went straight up the other end and fired a shot in over Emer Hunt as Clough­bawn made sure their op­po­nents didn’t have any ideas of an un­likely come­back.

That killed off Horeswood. Keat­ing and Ni­amh Ke­hoe points were an­swered by Kate Fo­ley and Amy En­nis, but Clough­bawn closed out the game to com­fort­ably win the tro­phy.

Clough­bawn: Rachel Greene; Caoimhe Larkin, Mar­guerite Fur­long, Kate Fo­ley; Elaine Quigley (0-1), Oon­agh Bar­den (capt.), Kate Jack­man; Ni­amh Ke­hoe (0-3 frees), Faye Codd (0-1); Han­nah Keat­ing (1-3), May Wick­ham (1-1), Sarah Flynn (1-2); Ni­amh Ogilvie (0-1), Ciara Mur­phy, Aoife Mur­phy. Subs. - Méadbh Wick­ham for A. Mur­phy (45), Lisa Mur­phy for Codd (56), also Caoimhe Ke­hoe, Gue­vara Hughes.

Horeswood: Emer Hunt; Ciara Cor­ish, Leanne Rowe, Aoife Fo­ley; Katie Ke­hoe, Róisín Parker, An­nie RoseLyng; Elena Kenny, Kate Fo­ley (0-2, 1 free); Michelle Kin­sella (1-1), Kathryn Dempsey, Yvonne Mur­phy-Walsh; Han­nah Chap­man, Amy En­nis (0-1), Ciara Walsh (1-0). Subs. - Ni­amh Lyng for Chap­man (52), Jen­nifer Cum­mins for C. Walsh (52).

Ref­eree: Gearóid McGrath (St. James’).

The suc­cess­ful Clough­bawn squad.

The beaten fi­nal­ists from Horeswood.

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