Donard tops in thriller

Gal­lant Kil­te­gan girls nar­rowly beaten in real goal-fest

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - PAT DUNNE at Hol­ly­wood


FOR the first time in six­teen long years, the U-16 A Camo­gie Cham­pio­ship Cup re­turns to Donard.

Hol­ly­wood was the place to be last Sun­day af­ter­noon, to wit­ness “stars” from both sides serve up one of the games of the year, in a highly sport­ing en­counter.

Both neigh­bours and ri­vals, Donard and Kil­te­gan served up a feast of ex­cel­lent camo­gie in an im­mense en­counter, that ei­ther side dared lose.

Donard qual­i­fied through from a play-off sit­u­a­tion over the last num­ber of weeks while Kil­te­gan were nearly four weeks with­out a game wait­ing on their op­po­nents.

This game ebbed and flowed up and down the field. In the end, just about, it came down to the old say­ing “goals wins matches” and by God, there were no short­age of these here to­day. Who knows an­other minute or so we could have had a dif­fer­ent re­sult. How­ever the Donard ladies dug deep at the end, to get over the line in a thril­ing feisty fi­nale that went right down to the wire.

Katie Tyrell got the Donard girls off to a flyer, with a goal in the third minute after great work by Sive Byrne.

Robin Twyford Troy got Kil­te­gan off the mark with a pointed free, after Ciara Boland was fouled.

Lively cor­ner-for­ward, So­phie Ber­ming­ham gave Kil­te­gan the lead, with a well ex­e­cuted goal in the next at­tack.

A quick puck-out by Ni­amh Darker found Katie Tyrell in the mid­dle of the park, Tyrell dropped the slio­tar into the dan­ger­zone, where Brinda Ide col­lected and duly buried it home,for an in­stant re­ply in this see-saw en­counter.

Pop­pie Rose Cullen Dunne was re­lent­ess in her de­fend­ing along with Linda Mc­Don­ald break­ing down plenty of Kil­te­gan work.

A dan­ger­ous free in by Faye Cor­ri­gan was cleared off the line by Abbey Cleary, Donard broke up the field and Katie Tyrell ri­fled over a beast of a point from 60 me­tres out.

A fine save by Re­becca Done­gan the Kil­te­gan net­min­der, stopped Katie Tyrell rais­ing her se­cond green flag.

Faye Cor­ri­gan played a smash­ing cross­field ball to Robin Twyford Troy who was fouled, So­phie Ber­ming­ham fired over the re­sul­tant free to re­store the lead for Kil­te­gan, at the end of the first quar­ter.

An­other fine puck out by Ni­amh Darker found Is­abel Keeneghan who hand­passed of to Katie Tyrell, to cruise over an­other equal­is­ing point as these two sides could not be seper­ated.

Emma Byrne and Moya Cremin were bat­tling hard, clear­ing plenty of Donard ball.

A cru­cial score with a goal from the hurl of Daisie Sum­mer Cullen Dunne, who clin­i­cally fin­ished, after good work by Or­lagh Wa­ters, fol­lowed for Donard in the clos­ing stages of the first half.

Faye Cor­ri­gan split the posts from a long range free after Lau­ren Ka­vanagh was fouled go­ing through.

So­phie Bar­rett cleared the slio­tar up to Pop­pie Rose who found the on run­ning Katie Tyrell, who fired over the fi­nal point of the half as the whis­tle sounded with the score read­ing 3-03 to 2-02 in favour of Donard.

A quick free by So­phie Ber­ming­ham, to Faye Cor­ri­gan yielded the open­ing point of the restart for Kil­te­gan.

Ber­ming­ham then re­duced the deficit to the min­i­mum as she swung over her left shoul­der, a sweet point as Kil­te­gan hit the ground run­ning.

Katie Tyrell burst through and un­leashed a pow­er­ful shot, that was bril­liantly blocked by Miriam O’Keefe.

A small bit of for­tune went Donard’s way when a shot by the dy­namic Sive Byrne, from 40 me­tres out landed in the Kil­te­gan net in the 38th minute.

Donard some­how kept go­ing for goals, try­ing to land killer blows, when tag­ging on points looked an eas­ier op­tion.

Re­becca Done­gan went down low to save su­perbly from a Daisie Sum­mer shot, Maria Raf­ferty cleared up the field to Am­ber House who put Faye Cor­ri­gan in who landed a mon­ster of a point from 50 me­tres out.

Casey Kelly in­ter­cepted a loose pass from a Kil­te­gan for­ward and drove a pow­er­ful ball up to Ali­cia Kear­ney who put Daisie Sum­mer in, to fire her se­cond ma­jor to the roof of the Kil­te­gan net with the score now read­ing 5-03 to 2-06 with 40 min­utes on the clock in this gi­gan­tic battle.

The tack­les and hits were fly­ing in from both sides. Kil­te­gan were ap­ply­ing a lot of pres­sure and were hugely re­warded when a So­phie Ber­ming­ham free that dropped short, was cru­ely volleyed into her own net by So­phie Bar­rett, in her ef­fort to clear the ball.

Donard were un­der im­mense pres­sure from Kil­te­gan at this stage. Is­abel Keenaghan launched a mighty pass into Emma Hay­den, who turned on a six­pence and drillied the slio­tar low to the bot­tom right hand cor­ner of the Kil­te­gan net, to the roars of ap­proval from the Donard faith­ful.

Kristin Mallin and Sarah Byrne were hav­ing a big im­pact at this stage, how­ever Kil­te­gan were guilty of land­ing three wides at this cru­cial stage and were un­for­tu­nate when So­phie Ber­ming­ham crashed a shot back out off the up­right, as Donard’s backs were to the wall.

Pop­pie Rose and Orna Byrne were in over­drive cop­ing with the Kil­te­gan pres­sure.

A bone crunch­ing tackle by Jenny Tyrell on So­phie Ber­ming­ham re­sulted in the play be­ing stopped mo­men­tar­ily, Ber­ming­ham got up and dusted her­self off, and fired over the re­sul­tant free go­ing into a tense fi­nal few min­utes.

Sive Byrne won pos­ses­sion of the puck out and soloed up the field and laid off to Emma Hay­den who landed Donard’s mag­nif­i­cent sev­enth goal.

Then Donard had a goal struck out for Daisie Sum­mer, after she was deemed to have taken the ball to the hand three times, be­fore fin­ish­ing to the net.

The writ­ing looked on the wall for Kil­te­gan at this late stage, how­ever these girls from Kil­te­gan, didn’t come here just to make up the num­bers.

Faye Cor­ri­gan landed a beast of a goal, go­ing into the third minute of the ad­di­tional time of five min­utes with the score now read­ing 7-03 to 4-07 as the Kil­te­gan faith­ful roared on their girls.

Two more chances were cleared by the Donard de­fence as Kil­te­gan lit­er­ally threw the kitcken sink at Donard.

More drama and nail­bit­ting was to fol­low, when Faye Cor­ri­gan landed her se­cond ma­jor to leave it in the melt­ing pot, with the lead whit­tled down to a dan­ger­ous two point lead for Donard, who looked out on their feet, as they bayed for the full time whis­tle from the Car­low of­fi­cial. “Times up ref”, “One more play ref” were the shouts from the side­lines, in this ti­tanic strug­gle.

And one more play we had, Kil­te­gan launched one fi­nal at­tempt for the win­ning goal into the dan­ger­zone, full back Jenny Tyrell rose six foot high into the air and pulled the slio­tar into her grasp, and drove out like her life de­pended on it.

The full time whis­tle sounded, Donard sup­port­ers in­vaded the pitch to cel­e­brate, there was tears of joy from the Donard girls, as they shook hands with a gal­lant Kil­te­gan side, who brought evey­thing and more, to one of the best fi­nals served up in years.

A beam­ing Anne LeGrue from the Camo­gie Board, com­pli­mented both teams on a fine sport­ing game, thanked the ref­eree and Hol­ly­wood for host­ing, be­fore pre­sent­ing the cup to Donard cap­tain, Casey Kelly, to spark of wild cel­e­bra­tions.

Scor­ers - Donard-The Glen: Daisie Sum­mer Cullen Dunne 2 -00, Emma Hay­den 2-00, Katie Tyrell 1-03 (1f), Sive Byrne 1-00, Brinda Ibe 1-00.

Kil­te­gan : So­phie Ber­ming­ham 3-03, Faye Cor­ri­gan 2-02, Sarah Byrne 0-01, Robin Twyford Troy 0-01.

Donard-The Glen, win­ners of the Un­der-16 ‘A’ camo­gie fi­nal.

Daisie Sum­mer Cullen Dunne of Donard-The Glen is tracked by Moya Cremin of Kil­te­gan.

Sive Byrne of Donard-The Glen is chased by Kil­te­gan’s Am­ber House.

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