Sunday 24 March 2019

Donnelly points way as Kilmessan secure final date with Four Roads

Kilmessan had a number of options from play to support the six-point contribution of Aileen Donnelly from placed balls. (stock picture)
Kilmessan had a number of options from play to support the six-point contribution of Aileen Donnelly from placed balls. (stock picture)

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Kilmessan proved too strong for Clanmaurice for the second time in a year and as a result, will aim to secure a second consecutive AIB All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie title on Sunday week.

Standing in their way will be a Four Roads outfit, sure to be driven by the memory of losing to the Meath side in the 2014 decider.

Kilmessan needed a replay to get the better of Clanmaurice in last year's final, but on this occasion, they always held the upper hand against their Kerry opponents on the way to a 2-10 to 0-9 victory at Nenagh's MacDonagh Park.

Clanmaurice didn't possess enough of a scoring threat, while Kilmessan had a number of options from play to support the six-point contribution of Aileen Donnelly from placed balls.

A 16th-minute goal from Katie Ní Choileáin was the difference between the sides at the interval, with Kilmessan leading by 1-6 to 0-7, but Clanmaurice were restricted to just two frees in the second half.

With four minutes of regulation time remaining, Megan Thynne goaled.

Four Roads were given a good examination in the opening period by Crosserlough, at the end of which they led by 0-6 to 0-2 at Hugh Devine Park in Edgeworthstown, but the Roscommon team had too much firepower in the second half, to prevail by 2-11 to 0-6.

Niamh Coyle goaled in the 35th minute. When Aisling Dempsey struck for another goal, there was no way back for Crosserlough.

Meath's Ratoath got the better of Mayo's Na Brídeoga, 4-4 to 0-11 at the St Joseph's Primary School in Glenavy, to set up an All-Ireland Junior B final against Clontibret.

The Monaghan side came out on top against British champions Fullen Gaels, 2-11 to 4-3 in the Padraig Pearses facility in Roscommon.

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