Adams shines as O'Donovan Rossa secure title
JANE Adams capped a superb month for Antrim camogie as her 2-9 haul inspired O'Donovan Rossa to All-Ireland senior club glory yesterday.
O'Donovan Rossa became the first Ulster outfit to capture the Bill Carroll trophy in the 44-year history of the competition as they recorded a 2-15 to 1-12 victory over Tipperary and Munster champions Drom & Inch.
A huge crowd witnessed a splendid game played on a fine pitch at Donaghmore, Ashbourne, and Adams was the undoubted star, as two first-half goals helped to establish a 2-7 to 0-8 interval lead for O'Donovan Rossa.
Adams, who collected Antrim's first camogie All Star award last week, found the net twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half to set the 2006 runners-up well on their way to a famous win.
With 20 minutes on the watch, Adams collected a fine ball from Seanín Daykin to open up a 1-4 to 0-4 advantage and after Joanne Ryan responded with a point for Drom & Inch, Adams struck her second goal of the match in the 25th minute.
Drom & Inch hit back with a free from their top scorer Therese Shortt, but the lethal Adams hit three frees before the end of the first half to open up a comfortable five-point lead at the break.
O'Donovan Rossa opened the second half with well-taken points from Maorisa McGourty and Gráinne Connolly to put even more daylight between the sides before Shortt opened Drom's second-half account with a free.
Three minutes from the end, Mary Looby scored a consolation goal for Drom with a fine hand-passed effort to the back of the net, but it proved too little too late for Drom & Inch as O'Donovan Rossa secured a six-point win.
Adams, Daykin and Kerrie O'Neill were O'Donovan Rossa's leading players while Shortt, Looby, Joanne Ryan and Geraldine Kinnane showed well for Drom & Inch.
Meanwhile, another large crowd was present in Nenagh as Laois outfit Harps secured a third successive All-Ireland Junior club success with a 1-11 to 3-2 victory against Clare side Kilmaley.