Season ends on high on home soil
HOME SIDE Castletown ended their campaign on a bright note when they secured the ladies’ football Intermediate shield with a comprehensive 7-11 to 1-6 victory over St. Martin’s in the final under the lights at Páirc Perry, Tomnahely.
Following an extra-time defeat to neighbours Kilanerin in the county semi-final a few weeks ago, the hosts were determined to make a mark from the off, and were already 0-5 to nil to the good by the time Lisa Firman pointed excellently for the visitors on seven minutes.
County star Amy Wilson opened Castletown’s account with a free off the ground following a foul on recent Junior camogie All-Ireland winner Muireann Fitzpatrick, and the former went on to score from each of her next four shots to develop that early lead.
Youngster Aoibheann Ivory teed up Wilson for her first submission from play after three minutes, and she also pointed in the aftermath of Hayley Murphy having a goal attempt well saved by Imogen Deas.
Two more Wilson points followed prior to that reply from Firman, with Castletown’s first goal arriving on 13 minutes when Eimear O’Hagan’s attempt carried over the head of Deas and nestled in the net.
Murphy tacked on a point after the water break to make it 1-6 to 0-1, and Ivory added another following Wilson’s ball into the left corner.
Rachael Bridges converted a free at the arena end by the 18th minute, before Murphy’s wonderful crossfield pass found Ivory, and the nippy forward spun around her marker and tucked away neatly.
They had another fortunate goal in the next attack as Ivory’s point attempt dipped into the net, leaving Castletown well in control at the break with a 3-8 to 0-3 lead.
Substitute Priya Daly-O’Toole was on the field for less than two minutes when she bustled through for their fourth goal on the restart, and their fifth and sixth goals arrived in quick succession just before the second water-break.
Wilson was the creator as she popped to Ivory to complete her hat-trick, with Wilson thudding home immediately afterwards to make it 6-9 to 0-4.
Castletown rang the changes at the next drinks stoppage but curiously kept Wilson on until the finish, and she added 1-1 to her personal haul before the end.
St. Martin’s registered a consolation goal ten minutes before time when Sarah Hobbert crashed home off the underside of the crossbar, and one bad result in isolation won’t define a side with great strides made in the game in recent years.
Meanwhile, substitute Ella Wan rounded off the scoring for the rampant winners, and they will be hoping to contend for the championship proper spoils next year, with their fellow maroon and white counterparts sure to be in the mix as well.
Castletown: Grace Glavin; Ciara Tomkins, Niamh Kavanagh, Joanne Byrne; Denise Byrne, Martha Kavanagh, Ava Pierce; Doireann Kavanagh, Muireann Fitzpatrick; Eimear O’Hagan (1-1), Amy Wilson (2-6, 0-1 free), Aoibheann Ivory (3-1); Hayley Murphy (0-1), Laura Stafford (capt., 0-1 free), Sarah Whelan. Subs. - Seána Power for Glavin (HT), Priya Daly-O’Toole (1-0) for O’Hagan (HT), Caroline McGarry for Murphy (HT), Ella Wan (0-1) for Ivory (45), Niamh Spencer for Byrne (45), Cáit Stafford for D. Kavanagh (45), Lucia Merrigan for Fitzpatrick (45).
St. Martin’s: Imogen Deas; Sinéad Hegarty, Lauren Carty (capt.), Megan Carty; Aoife Bridges, Katie O’Connor, Leslie Bates; Amy Cardiff, Aisling Cronin (0-1); Emma Codd, Eleanor Kehoe (0-1), Lisa Firman (0-2); Rachael Bridges (0-1 free), Ciara Bridges (0-1), Sarah Hobbert. Subs. - Megan Byrne for Hobbert (HT), Kate Devereux for Codd (HT), Hobbert (1-0) for C. Bridges (45).
Referee: Terry Canavan (Geraldine O’Hanrahans).