CARLOW Senior Camogie team had an excellent win over Dublin in Round 3 of the National Camogie League at the Naomh Mearnogue, Dublin venue on Sunday last.
This victory gives the Carlow girls three wins in a row and virtually guarantees them a place in the League final. The playing panel is now at 22 and manager, Mick Lillis, still has the door open for players to rejoin the panel who have been unavailable due to study, other sports and work commitments or recovering from injury.
All six Carlow backs and goalie Niamh Curran played a big part in this victory with Quirke, Kate Nolan and Captain Tara Wilson to the fore. Shaune Barcoe, Sarah Jane Burke and Lorraine bible made valuable contributions. Margaret Coady and Ciara Wilson played well at midfield all through.
In the forwards all six girls were lively with Mary Coady showing shades of former glory. Ciara Quirke was always dangerous, Marion Doyle had a fine game at number 11 while Eleanor Treacy, Olivia Mcdonald and Rebecca O'dwyer contributed handsomely.
Dublin won the toss and elected to play with the stiff breeze. Carlow were first to score with a pointed 21 yard free from the right by Ciara Quirke. On ten minutes Dublin had a goal with a well struck ground shot from close in by Joeleen Horey. Constant pressure by Carlow resulted in Dublin giving away frees which were punished by Kate Nolan who pointed a '45'and two frees in succession. Dublin responded with a point from play by Kate Mulvey. Carlow were not to be outdone and Marion Doyle pointed from play after a delightful pass by Eleanor Treacy to leave Carlow 0-5 to 1-1 at half time.
Dublin opened the second half with intent and a point from play by Mikeala Dunne brought the sides level. A Ciara Quirke free and a Kate Nolan '45' put Carlow two ahead. The final score came late - a point from play by Ciara Quirke to give Carlow a famous victory.
Carlow: Niamh Curran (Naomh Brid), Shauna Barcoe (MLR), Niamh Quirke (Myshall), Sarah Jane Burke (N.B.), Lorraine Bible (MLR), Kate Nolan (Ml) 0-4 3f 45, Tara Wilson (M) Capt., Ciara Mullins (M), Margaret Coady (MLR), Olivia Mcdonald (MLR), Marian Doyle (M) 0-1, Mary Coady (St. Mulins,), Ciara Quirke (M) 03 2f, Eleanor Treacy (Ballinkillen), Rebecca O'dwyer (MLR).
Subs: Erin Doyle (St. M), Casey Tobin (NB).