Goggin hails team on 'massive day for Kerry camogie'
Kerry 2-8 Roscommon 0-4
Kerry manager Stephen Goggin hailed the commitment of his players after they defeated Roscommon in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 3 Final.
There is only one adult Camogie club in Kerry but Clanmaurice showed their strength by reaching the All-Ireland Junior Club Final last December, only losing in a replay to Kilmessan of Meath.
"It's a massive day for Kerry Camogie," said Goggin. "There was a lot of pressure on to perform and to be fair to the girls, to a player they were outstanding."
Kerry were too sharp throughout and their physical strength showed in the difficult conditions as they flew into a 1-4 to 0-0 lead.
Caoimhe Shanahan had a point after 40 seconds and, with the wind at their backs, Stephen Goggin's crew were completely dominant.
Kerry then received a significant boost after 14 minutes when Patrice Diggin's shot from a 30m free deflected off the hurley of Roscommon full-back Siobhán Coyle to the back of the net.
The Connacht side needed a couple of scores and they got them through Rachel Fitzmaurice - with what was their only score from play - and a free by Susan Spillane that left the margin at five points.
Kerry then put together a wonderful move that finished with a goal for Alannah Whelan two minutes before the interval.
That was a real blow for the Rossies and they never looked like overcoming the 2-4 to 0-2 deficit.
Brian Griffin's side worked hard but they could not create enough chances, with player of the match Sarah Murphy managing to shackle Fitzmaurice, while Laura Collins was magnificent at midfield and Diggin exerted huge influence too.
Roscommon, who suffered their third consecutive defeat in the final, needed goals but all they could muster were points from frees at either end of the half by Spillane.
Kerry, on the other hand, managed twice that tally despite facing the elements, with Aoife Behan's brace book-ending scores from Collins and Diggin, to ensure celebrations could commence in the northern tip of the Kingdom.
"There's 26 or 27 training every night. We never have to give out, or have meetings about attendance," Goggin said of the squad.
"They put their lives on hold. This is my third year involved and I never had to say about giving up drink or anything. They do it themselves. They're an easy group to work with."
SCORERS - Kerry: P Diggin 1-4 (1-3fs); A Whelan 1-0; A Behan 0-2; L Collins, C Shanahan 0-1 each. Roscommon: S Spillane 0-3(fs); R Fitzmaurice 0-1.
KERRY - A Maunsell; L Houlihan, N Leen, M Costello; E Ryall, S Murphy, Á O'Connor; O Young, L Collins; C Shanahan, P Diggin, A Behan; R McCarthy, J Horgan, A Whelan. Subs: J Fitzell for Whelan (45), N Casey for McCarthy (55), E Harrington for Ryall (58), B Horan for Behan (60), J O'Keeffe for Shanahan (60).
ROSCOMMON - C Connaughton; E McNally, S Coyle, M Tiernan; R Dolan, J Beattie, E Coyle; L Fleming, N Coyle; N Watson, R Fitzmaurice, S Spillane; C Whyte Lennon, F Connell, S O'Brien. Subs: N Farrell for Connell (ht), L Dolan for Whyte Lennon (43), A Dempsey for Watson (48), C Kelly for O'Brien (60).
REF - P Ryan (Kildare).