WEXFORD PARK was the venue for the Rackard League Roinn 'A' and 'B' camogie finals on Tuesday last. The Roinn 'A' final saw Piercestown take on last year's champions, Rathnure.
Prior to the game both teams lined up to shake hands with their opponents. Referee, Dickie Murphy, threw in the ball and it was Rathnure who were first on the attack, with Oonagh Doyle sending a great pass into the forward line. Nora Higgins, who was brilliant throughout, was unlucky to drive the ball wide.
It wasn't long before Piercestown were on the attack, with Ciara O'Connor, Emma Codd and Sarah O'Connor combining before the ball eventually went wide. After ten minutes, Piercestown's Aine Ennis was first to register a score with a fine point.
Rathnure, however, began to exert pressure and, after one shot being saved by goalie Tara Doyle, Andrea Creane saw her second attempt end up in the back of the net. Shortly after, Rathnure were unlucky not to score another goal following a great pass from Aoife Guiney to Sive O Bolguidhir which ended up being stopped by the crossbar.
Piercestown now began to dominate, scoring three times without reply. Mary Barrett found the net before Sarah O'Connor scored a wonderful point, despite losing her footing. Rathnure did have a few more chances in the first-half but Bronagh Whitty, Gráinne Shirley and Lauren Kavanagh made some fine clearances. Piercestown had the final score of the first-half with a point from Emma Whelan, leaving them ahead by three points (1-3 to 1-0).
Piercestown's Catríona Sinnott was first to the ball in the second-half but it was Rathnure who were first off the mark, with Leanne Foley putting the ball over the bar following a great solo run up the pitch. Rathnure now had a very good passage of play, scoring a further 1-2 without reply.
Nora Higgins and Ava Conran scored two fine points with Oonagh Doyle lobbing a free over goalie Tara Doyle's head into the corner of the net. With 12 minutes remaining, Rathnure were ahead by a goal.
Piercestown worked very hard to reduce the margin, with Lara Conran in the Rathnure goal saving a shot from Lucy McGuinness.
Following this, Sarah O'Connor, who played very well throughout, scored a point to leave just two between the teams. Laura Barron, Neamh Smith and Rhys Hogan did very well despite being under pressure from Piercestown who tried hard to get another score.
Emma Codd and Orla and Mary Barrett worked very well but were unlucky to see their final efforts going wide of the post.
Following the match, Rathnure captain Leanne Foley, who played magnificently throughout, received the cup from Rackard League Secretary, Jim Dempsey. RATHNURE Lara Conran, Laura Barron, Leanne Foley, Neamh Smith, Ashlynn O'Leary, Rhys Hogan, Oonagh Doyle, Ava Conran, Aoife Guiney, Nora Higgins, Sive O Bolguidhir, Andrea Creane, Leah Butler, Aoife Kehoe, Tara Murphy, Aisling Breen, Aine Moore, Katie Lennon, Jackie Barron, Lilian O'Connor. PIERCESTOWN Tara Doyle, Lauren Kavanagh, Bronagh Whitty, Gráinne Shirley, Sarah O'Connor, Ciara O'Connor, Catríona Sinnott, Emma Codd, Aine Ennis, Mary Barrett, Emma Whelan, Lucy McGuinness, Orla Barrett, Katie Clarke, Ella O'Connor, Lettie Whelan, Sarah Goff, Nicola Roche, Katie Nolan, Becky Hamilton, Jodie Rochford. VENUE: Wexford Park. REFEREE: Dickie Murphy (Rapparees).