PLAYED in Ballyheigue last Saturday in perfect conditions, the visitors struck early with a goal from full foward Niamh Power surging through.
MUNSTER JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL Clanmaurice (Kerry) 2-7 Truagh/Clonlara (Clare) 4-15.
However, Clanmaurice settled and with points from the outstanding Patrice Diggin they went ahead by a point after 15 minutes.
Clonlara struck for a second goal, but again Clanmaurice came back with Sinead Mackessy putting one past Caroline Craughan who should have done better. Clanmaurice were starting to get to grips at midfield with Rosie Young, and Annmarie Leen getting on the scoresheet with points from play. At half time it stood 2-8 to 1-6 in favour of the visitors.
From the restart Patrice Diggin surged up the field, popped the ball into the square and Michelle Corridan pulled first time to send it to the net.
Another Diggin point followed and suddenly there was only a point in it. It became a scrappy encounter for the next ten minutes with neither side giving an inch, but the experience of the girls from the Banner – along with that extra fitness – told in the end and they pulled away to win this semi-final.
While the scoreline didn't reflect the game the Clanmaurice girls simply ran out of steam and despite ball being dropped into the forward line they couldn't capitalise. As current Munster league champions they will be very disappointed with the result.
So the curtain comes down on a competitive club season for them. Thanks to Ballyheigue gaa club for the use of their facilities today and good luck to Truagh/Clonlara in the Munster Final on the November 4. MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 2 St Anne's 3-12 Na Fianna 2-1
PLAYED last Sunday in Croagh both teams found the going hard with no score until the 20th minute when Na Fianna scored two goals in quick succession.
A third was most definitely on the cards, but for the intervention of Aine O'Connor in her new role at fullback. St Annes soaked up some serious pressure, but kept Na Fianna out and a foul on Patrice Diggin saw her send a low ball straight to the net and St Annes were back in the game. Another great run by Alanna Maunsell saw her open the Na Fianna defence and Cora Carroll scored into an open net after some good play by Melissa Dineen to draw her marker away from the danger area.
Na Fianna – comprising of Croagh/Kilfinny & Granagh/Ballingarry – from the puckout scored a point from play at the other end to keep their noses in front. St.Annes midfield came to grips with their running game with Niamh Leen moved to centre back to shore up the defence. Another attack from St.Annes saw Annmarie Leen fouled and she converted her own free and from from the puckout Alanna Maunsell got her name on the score sheet with a point from play.
Half-time St.Annes 2-2 Na Fianna 2-1.
The restart saw St.Annes really shake off the shackles that this tough physical outfit presented and with Siadbhe Horgan switched to the foward line she popped over some great points from tight angles. A dropping ball into the forward line saw Isabel o Connor produce a peach of a pass to Cora Caroll who turned and blasted to the Na Fianna net. Alanna Maunsell was at her best running onto some great passes and chipped in with further points.
Na Fianna never gave up but they couldn't match St.Annes for the hunger to win the ball. Helping to keep the opposition scoreless in the second half were Julianne O'Keefe and Norann Gilbert, who both had a good game in the backline. The returning Lorraine Hobbert was a welcome boost to the squad as she hassled and harried all afternoon, with her sister Louise never letting her marker create any real space.
Another good win and with Cappagh Rua next Sunday it's all going to plan. TEAM: Andrea Hanly, Kerri O'Shea, Norann Gilbert, Aine O'Connor, Niamh Leen, Annmarie Leen, Louise Hobbet, Lorraine Hobbert, Saidbhe Horgan, Isabel O'Connor, Cora Carroll, Melissa Dineen, Patrice Diggin, Julianne O'Keefe, Alanna Maunsell FIXTURES SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 Limerick Minor Championship Round 3 St.Annes v Cappagh Rua (time and venue tbc)