Gusserane O’Rahillys 9-4 Davidstown-Courtnacuddy 3-7
USSERANE PRODUCED the perfect second-half to battle past Davidstown-Courtnacuddy and take the Under-14 Roinn 2B camogie championship final in Cushinstown.
There was very little to choose between the sides after a competitive first-half, and indeed the Enniscorthy District side held a narrow advantage after giving a fantastic account of themselves.
However, Gusserane got on a goalscoring tear, the type a management team can only dream of in a county final, netting seven times in the second period to overturn a half-time deficit and roar forward for victory.
It was tough on a Davidstown-Courtnacuddy side who did fantastic work in the first-half and were really able to show their quality at both ends of the field.
They defended superbly in that period, individually and as a team, as they built a lead.
At the other end of the field, Kate O’Donoghue and Laura Furlong did all the scoring but they were ably assisted by those around them, with assists coming from throughout the attacking portion of the field.
Gusserane would have been disappointed to find themselves down at the break but with the talented Katie Ryan driving them on, the defence locking their opponents down, and others chipping in with vital scores, they powered to success.
It would prove to be a little less hectic at the start than it would at the end as Sophie Rossiter and Katie Ryan scored points for Gusserane, while O’Donoghue did likewise as the other end and Furlong added 1-1.
Some second quarter drama unfolded as the game settled into a pattern. Rossiter and Ryan hit the net to keep Gusserane in the game but a pair of majors at the other end from Furlong, bringing up her hat-trick, ensured Davidstown-Courtnacuddy led by 3-5 to 2-4 at the break.
The second-half proved a struggle for the interval leaders.
O’Donoghue added two points but otherwise it was tough going. Katie Ryan dipped two ’45s under the crossbar in the early stages before Issy Asple found the net.
Now ahead, Gusserane continued to build momentum as Ryan and impressive substitute Emily Power pushed them clear.
To wrap up the game the same duo raised green flags late on, with the former ending with a stunning personal tally of 5-3 for the delighted and deserving champions.
Gusserane: Coileann Scott; Illeanna Egan, Emma Jenkins; Keela Byrne, Lauren Kehoe, Saoirse Wall; Issy Asple (1-0), Nadine Kernon; Aoibheann Costello, Katie Ryan (5-3, 2-0 ’45s), Katie Dillon; Amy Symes, Sophie Rossiter (1-1). Subs. – Emily Power (2-0) for Symes, Annie Codd for Dillon, Kate Corcoran for Asple, Emily Stafford for Costello, Kiera Murphy for S. Rossiter, also Abbie Power, Rebecca Barry, Courtney Whelan.
Davidstown-Courtnacuddy: Anna Foley; Rima Bowe, Saoirse McClean; Mary O’Donoghue, Orlaith Matthews, Emily Murphy; Ellen Dunne, Leah Cloke; Kate O’Donoghue (0-6, 3 frees), Ava Murphy, Hannah Murphy; Laura Furlong (3-1), Ella Furlong. Subs. – Ruth Hassey for H. Murphy, Niamh Foley for Cloke, Aideen Reck for McClean, Eimear Nicholson for M. O’Donoghue, also Lucy Gahan, Helena Doyle, Ellie Kehoe (inj.).