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Knockananna's captain, Niamh Roche.

Knockananna's captain, Niamh Roche.

Niamh Roche, Knockananna under pressure from Mia Wolohan and Lucy Allen, Avoca.

Niamh Roche, Knockananna under pressure from Mia Wolohan and Lucy Allen, Avoca.

Knockananna's captain, Niamh Roche receives the cup from Rachel Campbell, County Fixtures Secretary.

Knockananna's captain, Niamh Roche receives the cup from Rachel Campbell, County Fixtures Secretary.

The Knockananna under-14 camogie team.

The Knockananna under-14 camogie team.

Knockananna's Aoife Fleming comes under pressure.

Knockananna's Aoife Fleming comes under pressure.

Aine McDonald, Knockananna and Mia Wolohan, Avoca.

Aine McDonald, Knockananna and Mia Wolohan, Avoca.

Hannah O' Neill, Knockananna under pressure from Olivia Connell and Katie Tuke, Avoca.

Hannah O' Neill, Knockananna under pressure from Olivia Connell and Katie Tuke, Avoca.

Knockananna's snappers capturing the moment at the under-14 camogie final replay in Aughrim.

Knockananna's snappers capturing the moment at the under-14 camogie final replay in Aughrim.

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Knockananna's captain, Niamh Roche.

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After a tightly contested final, the eagerly anticipated replay of the under-14 12-a-side camogie league final was played in Aughrim on Wednesday evening last between Knockananna and Avoca where both camogie teams went to battle to bring home the cup.

The early stages of this game were closely fought between both teams. Battles emerged all over the field between the teams. It was Knockananna, however, who had the best of the play in this game. They stormed in to a first-half lead, with Aine Darcy the tormentor in chief for the Avoca defence.

Darcy grabbed a goal after 10 minutes, after a fabulously timed flick from Thea Mutton for Darcy to hammer home. Darcy added a point just after that when Brook O’Keeffe battled through a tackle to hand off to Darcy.

Before half-time, Knockananna grabbed a second goal after Aine McDonald dropped a long ball into the goalmouth from a free and it made it all the way.

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The second half was a more even affair, with Avoca trying hard to drag themselves back into the game. They had mighty performances from Carrie Short at the back, Eve Short around the middle and Rebecca Nolan in the forward areas.

To their credit, Knockananna pushed on and put the game out of reach, as Aine Darcy really turned on the style to grab two more goals and two more points. All in all, a fine day at the office for Darcy.

Avoca didn’t give up and grabbed two scores of their own, though Rebecca Nolan and goalkeeper Claire Fleming who sent a free between the sticks.

In truth, Knockananna had plenty of top performers. Aine McDonald and Erin Donlon at the back, Aoife Fleming and Hannah O’Neill in the middle, with Thea Mutton and Brooke O’Keeffe supporting Darcy up front.

Knockananna: Mia Kenny, Erin Donlon, Aine McDonald (1-0), Lilly Murphy, Chloe Kinsella, Niamh Roche, Hannah O’Neill, Brooke O’Keeffe, Aine Darcy (3-3), Thea Mutton, Aoife Fleming, Lillian Keating, Saoirse Tyrell.

Avoca: Claire Fleming (0-1), Carrie Short, Olivia Connell, Lucy Allen, Amy Fox, Katie Tuke, Mia Wolohan, Rebecca Cleary, Rebecca Nolan (0-1), Eve Short, Naoise Dunne, Amie Wolohan, Freya Reddy, Meabh Moore.

Referee: Liam Keenan Snr (Aughrim)


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