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The triumphant Rathgarogue-Cushinstown squad.

The triumphant Rathgarogue-Cushinstown squad.

Rathgarogue-Cushinstown captain Méabh Murphy receiving the trophy from Donnacha Kerins (Co. Chairman).

Rathgarogue-Cushinstown captain Méabh Murphy receiving the trophy from Donnacha Kerins (Co. Chairman).

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The triumphant Rathgarogue-Cushinstown squad.

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Rathgarogue-Cushinstown 5-6 Marshalstown-Castledockrell 1-6

A GOALSCORING masterclass by full-forward Abbey Cowman proved the difference as Rathgarogue-Cushinstown took a sensational victory in the Under-14 camogie Roinn 1C championship final in St. Patrick’s Park on Sunday.

The talented forward netted three times in the first-half and added two more after the interval to take a stranglehold on the game and give a gutsy Marshalstown-Castledockrell side very little chance to respond.

Not that it was a one-person show. Cowman needed her supporting cast to create the opportunities for her, and in a tireless midfield and intelligent set of forwards she had just the type of help required to go on such a goalscoring spree.

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Not only that, any time a defence concedes just 1-6 to a talented opponent like Marshalstown-Castledockrell, you would expect to win that game so the backs, led by the immoveable Méabh Murphy and impressive goalkeeper Ruby Noonan, deserve equal amounts of the credit.

Playing with the breeze, Robyn Carroll started the scoring with a fine point and for the next 25 minutes Rathgarogue-Cushinstown were on top with classy points from Aoife O’Connor, Caoimhe Bolger, and two tidy scores from midfielder Hannah Carney.

But it was the goal-getting full-forward Abbey Cowman with three fine first-half strikes that really pushed the New Ross District side into a commanding position.

Marshalstown-Castledockrell got back into the game coming up to the interval and netted a great goal just on the stroke of half-time though their captain Annie Sinnott to trail by 3-5 to 1-0.

In the early moments of the second-half another great Caoimhe Bolger run and pass to Abbey Cowman saw the hotshot strike home another goal.

However, Marshalstown-Castledockrell then proceeded to dominate and scored five great points in a row, with Sinnott (two), Katie Fitzpatrick (two) and Bronagh Lett on target.

Only for exceptional defending by Maebe Murphy and some great saves by Ruby Noonan it could have been even closer after this purple patch.

Rathgarogue-Cushinstown always looked dangerous and a telling run by Molly Hennessy-Murphy resulted in another great finish by Abbey Cowman, who also scored an excellent point in the second-half too, with Katie Buckley adding the late point at the other end. Both teams deserve great credit for an entertaining game but the goalscoring ability of Rathgarogue-Cushinstown made the difference in an excellent advertisement for under-age camogie in the county.

Rathgarogue-Cushinstown: Ruby Noonan; Mai Heaphey, Méabh Murphy, Ciara Doran; Lauren Phelan, Laura O’Brien, Nicole Colfer; Emily Curtis, Hannah Carney (0-2); Aoife O’Connor (0-1), Caoimhe Bolger (0-1), Molly Hennessy-Murphy; Holly Bolger, Abbey Cowman (5-1), Robyn Carroll (0-1). Subs. (rolling) - Isobel Kehoe, Sinéad McDonald, Lilyana O’Hanlon, Grace Bolger, Aoibhe Whelan, Ava Kiely-Kelly, Heather Brennan, Holly Brennan.

Marshalstown-Castledockrell: Emelea Byrne; Ava Murphy, Ava Skye Byrne, Emma Doyle; Caoimhe Quinsey, Bronagh Lett (0-1), Aoibhe Jordan; Katie Buckley (0-1), Katie Fitzpatrick (0-2); Lucy Kearns, Annie Sinnott (capt., 1-2, 0-1 free), Chloe Kelly-Doyle; Tara Nolan, Síofra Morris, Sinéad Kehoe. Subs. (rolling) - Sarah Creane, Mia Berney, Ciara Daly-Cogley, Amy Finn, Caoimhe Mahon, Caoimhe Murphy, Emma Murphy, Tegan Stanton-Mernagh, Emma Williams.

Referee: Martin Quigley (Rathnure).


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