MYSHALL 3-10 TRUAGH-CLONLARA 0-11
IT HAS become an all too familiar sight over the years to watch the famed black and amber jersey march into final after final.
Sunday was no different. Many of you reading this could be forgiven for assuming I am talking about our hurling neighbours just down the road, but you would be mistaken.
The Kilkenny Senior hurling final threw in at the same time as this game but I am in fact referring to Carlow's very own camogie queen pins, Myshall.
In front of a small crowd in Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday afternoon they secured their place in the Junior All-Ireland final with a totally dominant display against Clare, and Munster, champions Truagh-Clonlara.
The decisive score of the game came 16 minutes into the first half. Ciara Quirke was standing over a free, won by her mother Nuala, roughly 30 yards out from the Sugar Factory end goal.
Her shot looked to be sailing over the bar, like her two previous efforts, but at the last minute it dipped and ended up in the back of the Truagh-Clonlara goal.
The two defenders standing on the goal line looked at each other in disbelief as the umpire ran for the green flag. This score made it 1-03 to 0-01 in favour of Myshall and from this position of strength they never looked like relinquishing their lead.
Alison Rushitzko had opened Myhsall's account in the seventh minute and this settled the home side after a nervous opening period. The Carlow champions' defence was called into action early in play and dealt impressively with all that was thrown at them.
This was a pattern that was to emerge over the following 60 minutes and the Myshall back line was the rock upon which Truagh-Clonlara hopes perished.
Full back, Niamh Quirke, marshalled the troops well and the defence managed to limit their opponents to only four points from play all day.
It took the Clare side 13 minutes to register their first score, a fine point from midfielder Michelle Caulfield. There was only two points between the sides at this stage but this was to be the travelling sides only score in the opening 24 minutes.
By the time they raised their second white flag, Myshall had tacked on 2-02, their second goal coming from the stick of Olivia Jordan, who started instead of Roisin Mullins.
Jordan took advantage of some indecisive play in the Truagh full back line and whipped the ball past the helpless keeper, Caroline Craughan.
Just when the game began to look like a procession the Truagh-Clonlara forwards sparked into life. They changed their approach of sending long ball into the full forward line and instead started running at the Myshall backs.
This proved to be a more profitable option and wing forward, Aileen O'Sullivan, converted three frees in quick succession.
The second half followed a very similar pattern to the first with Truagh-Clonlara exerting huge pressure on the Myshall defence. Once again they were short changed with Marion Doyle, operating at centre back even though she had 11 on her jersey, clearing an amount of ball.
The Clare side never managed to make any serious inroads into the Myshall lead and Kate Nolan's 21st minute goal sealed the deal for the home team.
Nolan, who normally is the defensive anchor at centre back, carried an injury into the game but didn't look overly hampered by the heavy strapping on her hamstring.
At the final whistle Truagh-Clonlara sank to their knees in disappointment but there can be no doubt in their minds that they were beaten on the day by a better, hungrier team.
One of the their players would have to be consoled by her well known boyfriend in the stand as one Joe Canning watched Kathleen Horgan and her side fall short of mighty Myshall.
Surely these Myshall women never thought they'd appear in the same article as the Kilkenny hurlers and Joe Canning, maybe it's a sign of things to come!
Ciara Quirke, who finished the day with 1-06 to her name, spoke after the game about the novelty of lining out with not only her sister, but also her mother.
"I love playing beside them, it's brilliant. It was very tense this morning though, no one said anything. It was a very quiet house."
The diminutive sharp shooter also made reference to their loss at the same stage last year.
"We were devastated. We held onto that the whole way up this year. I don't think we knew what it felt like to lose a game like that last year. We didn't want that feeling again."
Carlow county captain, Tara Wilson, was at pains to stress the impact Carlow and Naomh Brid hurler, Mark Brennan has had on this team.
"I just can't give enough praise to Mark. He came into this club and got us to believe that we really could do amazing things outside Carlow."
"Other years we were only tipping along, just glad to win Carlow, then he just really got it into our heads that we could go all the way. You train, you work hard and you get your place. He is the best thing that has ever happened the club."
Myshall will now face Four Roads from Roscommon in the All-Ireland final on November 25. The Connaught side overcame last year's beaten finalists Tara by six points in the other semi-final.
The funny thing is Four Roads also play in the same colours as Myshall.
Looks like the black and amber is set to claim another All-Ireland crown.