Avondale advance to 'A' decider
Senior camogie 'B' final at Dunlavin
The final of the Wicklow Post Primary Schools Senior camogie 'B' championship was played in Dunlavin on Tuesday in heavy underfoot conditions.
Avondale CC 2-07 St Kevin's CC Dunlavin 2-06
The visitors from Avondale were first into their stride and had the ball in the net twice within five minutes. Aoife O'Brien scored the first one and then Lauren Burke also found the net after a goalmouth scramble.
Any thought of an easy win for Avondale were soon dispersed however, as a couple of minutes later Olivia Lynch Ward scored a St Kevin's goal. Avondale added a couple of points but, as the half progressed, the Dunlavin school came more into it. When referee Cathy Forde blew for half-time the score was 2-3 to 1-2 in favour of Avondale.
The second half was barely two minutes old when Sophie Mills scored a St Kevin's goal to reduce the lead to a single point.
However, it was Avondale that then enjoyed the bulk of possession as Dunlavin were not to score again until the final five minutes. The accuracy of Sheenagh Byrne from frees added three points to the Avondale total but in the dying minutes Sophie Mills added four St Kevin's points. The last one was from a 45 and brought the scores level at 2-6 each so extra time had to be played.
The tempo rose in the extra time as both teams strived for victory but defences were on top at both ends. The two teams looked for goals at times when they had good points scoring chances and the only score in all of extra time was a pointed free for Avondale by Sheenagh Byrne.
After the game the trophy was presented to the Avondale joint captains Tanya Carter and Sinead Keogh by Jim Murphy.
There were some excellent performances on both sides with Tanya Carter outstanding for the winners and well supported by Danielle Burke, Katie Toomey and Sheenagh Byrne.
Aoife Grace always looked dangerous in possession for St Kevin's while Jenny Tyrrell, Hannah Bevan and Sarah O'Keeffe also impressed.
Avondale will now meet Coláiste Bhride Carnew in the county 'A' final.
Scorers - Avondale CC: Sheenagh Byrne 0-5, Lauren Burke 1-1, Aoife O'Brien 1-0, Tanya Carter 0-1. St Kevin's CC : Sophie Mills 1-4, Olivia Lynch Ward 1-0, Aoife Grace 0-2.
Avondale CC: Mary Kate Condren, Katie O'Brien, Danielle Burke, Sinead Keogh, Katie Toomey, Sheenagh Byrne, Cara Robinson, Tanya Carter, Natalie Farrell, Aoife O'Brien, Lauren Burke, Alice Daly. SUBS Katie O'Byrne, Maire Heffernan, Orla Byrne.
St Kevin's CC Dunlavin: Jenny Tyrrell, Hannah Bevan, Eimear Kelly, Maeve Muldoon, Beth Doyle, Niamh Clarke, Casey Kelly, Maria Doyle, Sarah O'Keeffe, Sophie Mills, Aoife Grace, Olivia Lynch Ward
Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Kilcoole continued their good run in the Girls Junior 'B' football championship with an exciting semi-final win over Gaelcholaiste na Mara by 3-8 to 2-7 in Kilcoole. They will play Blessington CC in the final.
Meanwhile in the girls senior 'B' football St David's Greystones proved too strong for St Kilian's CS Bray and qualified for a semi-final meeting with Avondale CC.
Last year's 'A' and 'B' winners in first year boys football met in this year's first year championship qualifier in atrocious weather on the Bray Emmets astro pitch on Friday.
However it was 'B' champions, Temple Carrig School, Greystones, who emerged victorious over 'A' champions Coláiste Bhride Carnew by 7-9 to 4-2 and qualified for the 'A' quarter-final.
In the South Leinster Senior football 'D' championship, Avondale CC staged a fine second half rally but went down to Coláiste Eoin, Hacketstown, by 1-13 to 3-6.