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Free-taking master class by McCarthy in derby victory

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The Presentation (Wexford) girls celebrating their Leinster final success.

The Presentation (Wexford) girls celebrating their Leinster final success.

Coláiste Bríde from Enniscorthy, the beaten provincial finalists.

Coláiste Bríde from Enniscorthy, the beaten provincial finalists.

Aidan Roche presenting the trophy to Aoibhinn Egan.

Aidan Roche presenting the trophy to Aoibhinn Egan.

Clodagh Byrne (Presentation) on the move away from Miacha Connelly (Coláiste Bríde).

Clodagh Byrne (Presentation) on the move away from Miacha Connelly (Coláiste Bríde).

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The Presentation (Wexford) girls celebrating their Leinster final success.

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Presentation (Wexford) 2-14, Coláiste Bríde 4-7

NIAMH MARTIN’S 60th-minute goal proved crucial as it helped Presentation (Wexford) prevail in a dramatic finale over a gallant Coláiste Bríde (Enniscorthy) side in this thrilling Leinster Minor ‘B’ camogie championship final in Oylegate on Wednesday.

The strong downfield wind into the roadside end may have had a huge impact on the opening 30 minutes, but the manner in which both sides dealt with the elements through the second period contributed to a storming finish, with the result in the balance right up to the final whistle.

Backed by the strong wind, Presentation dominated the opening half, mainly through the tremendous free-taking of centre-forward Emma McCarthy.

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She gave a delightful exhibition as she contributed ten points during that opening period, with nine from placed balls. A number of those frees were from out on the sideline on either side of the pitch, and her final personal tally of 0-13 (eleven frees) proved crucial in her team’s eventual victory.

Presentation may have enjoyed what appeared to be a comfortable seven-point interval lead, benefiting from her placed balls repeatedly splitting the posts.

However, Coláiste Bríde showed the art of the direct delivery is not lost as Jessica Mooney saw two efforts finish in the corner of the net from a ’65 plus a 40-metre free, scores that hauled her side right back into contention.

For a period it looked like they would take the initiative, but the Wexford town school stormed back into the wind to snatch two goals in the closing stages, clinching a hard-earned but excellent victory in the process.

Presentation, who also won their semi-final just a few days earlier by the minimum margin, registered two Emma McCarthy pointed frees in the opening nine minutes.

One minute later Coláiste Bríde launched a quick counter-attack involving a number of players, and it resulted in Kayleaigh Cullen finishing to the net from close range to leave her side leading by 1-0 to 0-2.

Both teams were spurred on by a large band of supporters, and the exceptional free-taking of Emma McCarthy helped the Wexford town side into a 0-10 to 1-0 interval lead.

The second-half was always going to turn into a real battle. Coláiste Bríde, trailing by seven points, knew they needed to deliver something special to get back into this game.

And they managed to do this despite the heroic defending of the opposition for whom Alanna Firman and Aoibhinn Egan were outstanding, while Lucia Goggins and Clodagh Byrne got through an amount of excellent play in a strong midfield pairing.

Coláiste Bríde made lots of early play after Emma McCarthy and Jessica Mooney (free) had exchanged opening points.

Onlookers had to wait until the eleventh minute for the game’s next score when a well-struck Jessica Mooney ’65 found its way to the corner of the net.

They were inspired by Ella O’Brien and Keelin Doyle from defence, along with Rose Codd and Mia Larkin-Walsh in midfield, and Mooney also found the net from a 15th-minute free to bring the sides level (3-2 to 0-11).

Coláiste Bríde were now stamping their mark on the game, with Mooney and Molly Martin putting them in front with points, but they still had to contend with dangerous opposition attacks, one of which brought a fine point from Lucia Goggins.

Presentation were always expected to respond, and they did this eight minutes from the end when Clodagh Byrne found the net from 14 metres following some tremendous individual play to regain the lead (1-12 to 3-4).

Emma McCarthy (free) and Rose Codd went on to exchange points, but Coláiste Bríde managed to draw level (1-13 to 3-7) through points from Dearbhla Dolan and a Jessica Mooney free.

The stage was now set for a tense finish, and Presentation corner-forward Niamh White won possession and managed to squeeze home a superb goal from an acute angle to leave her side leading by 2-14 to 3-7 with one minute remaining.

Credit to Coláiste Bríde as they stormed right back to the attack and Molly Martin moved through the centre to crash home a superb goal.

That left the minimum separating the sides in additional time, but Presentation withstood the late pressure to emerge with a superb victory.

Presentation: Sarah Kate Ryan (St. Martin’s); Rhona Kelly (St. Ibar’s/Shelmalier), Alanna Firman (St. Martin’s), Lara Butler (Glynn-Barntown); Éabha Keane (St. Martin’s), Aoibhinn Egan (Buffers Alley), Shannon McGuire (Na Fianna Clonard); Lucia Goggins (St. Martin’s, 0-1), Clodagh Byrne (Oulart-The Ballagh, 1-0); Isabella Canning (St. Ibar’s/Shelmalier), Emma McCarthy (Oylegate-Glenbrien, 0-13, 11 frees), Róisín O’Meara (Buffers Alley); Niamh White (Na Fianna Clonard, 1-0), Maria Laffan (Glynn-Barntown), Lucia Donoghue (St. Mary’s, Rosslare). Subs. - Cáit Kirwan, Emily Murphy, Laura Carley, Nessa Geelan, Labhaoise Farrell, Ellen Roche, Jessica Cullen, Leanne Butler, Ella Hurley, Amy Cullen, Casey O’Connor, Ruth McMahon, Erin Godden, Bronagh Hearne, Cody Hearne, Orla Goldsmith, Síofra Gabbett, Clara Hogan, Keela Cullen, Chloe Kelly, Isabella Finney.

Coláiste Bríde: Kate Dagg (Rapparees); Ella Hayden (Oylegate-Glenbrien), Ella O’Brien (Blackwater), Leah Donnelly (Monageer-Boolavogue); Caoimhe Nolan (Oylegate-Glenbrien), Keelin Doyle (Oylegate-Glenbrien), Aoibhe Oakes (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy); Rose Codd (Monageer-Boolavogue, 0-1), Mia Larkin-Walsh (Rapparees, 0-1); Miacha Connelly (Oylegate-Glenbrien), Dearbhla Dolan (Monageer-Boolavogue, 0-1), Kayleaigh Cullen (Oylegate-Glenbrien, 1-0); Caoimhe Moore (Oulart-The Ballagh), Jessica Mooney (Rathnure, 2-3, 1-2 frees, 1-0 ’65), Molly Martin (Oulart-The Ballagh, 1-1). Subs. - Orla Guinan, Áine Doyle, Anna Nolan, Lara Morrissey, Lucy Morris, Emily Hayes, Rima Bowe, Niamh Doyle, Aimee Downes, Katie Doran, Isobel Hayes, Leah Guinan, Aoife Dempsey, Stephanie O’Connor, Emily Farrell, Aoibhe Keogh, Niamh O’Connor, Áine O’Loughlin, Lily Gadacz, Fleur Gillot, Róisín Sinnott, Lucy Sludds, Annie Sinnott, Hazel McGrath, Caoilfhionn Roche, Niamh Nolan, Caila O’Connor, Eimear Fortune.

Referee: Ian Plunkett (Marshalstown-Castledockrell).


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