A SECOND half goal blitz from Dicksboro proved enough to condemn Paulstown to defeat in this absorbing intermediate camogie championship semi-final, writes Michael O’Leary.
Paulstown made a dream start, and broke away in the third minute when Eilish Cantwell ran onto a loose ball. She fired her point attempt at the target, but got an even better result as her shot deceived Sarah Bawle and ended up in the net.
The remainder of the half was mainly a shoot-out in the frees stakes between Aoife Drennan and Dicksboro’s Niamh O’Donoghue as Paulstown, who squandered three other goal chances, led by just 1-5 to 0-6 at the break having played with the breeze.
However, the game turned on its head following the restart as Dicksboro ran riot.
First Orla Hanrick went on a 50-yard scintillating solo run and then cracked home a wonder goal two minutes into the restart.
Although a nine-minute scoreless spell that included a three minute stoppage for injury followed, Paulstown’s chance were all but done for in a 30 second spell during the 42nd minute.
A Niamh O’Donoghue delivery set up Aisling O’Grady for a well-taken goal before Lisa Hanrick soled through to rifle another major score for the ’Boro 30 seconds later (3-6 to 1-5).
Paulstown, to their credit kept battling away. They were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute, which Aoife Drennan pointed. Colette Dormer grabbed a consolation goal late on, but the ’Boro were already worthy winners.
Dicksboro gave a superb display. Niamh Kelly turned in an almighty second half display, while Sarah Kennedy was the star of an impressive winners’ defence at wing-back.
Orla Hanrick was a class apart up front. She was ably assisted by her sister Lisa, who had to be carried off through injury, while Niamh O’Donoghue and Aisling O’Grady also fared well.
Best for Paulstown were Eilish Cantwell, Collette Dormer, Aoife Drennan and the hard-working Laura Bambrick who was superb during the first half.
Dicksboro will meet Tullaroan in the final this weekend as they easily beat Piltown by 5-13 to 2-11.
Always in control, Tullaroan led by 2-10 to 1-8 at the interval, maintaining that dominance afterwards.
Miriam Walsh, Noelle Maher and Aine Fahy were prominent throughout.
SCORERS: Dicksboro - Orla Hanrick (1-3, 0-1 free, 0-1 pen); Niamh O’Donoghue (0-5, frees); Lisa Hanrick (1-1); Aisling O’Grady (1-0). Paulstown - Aoife Drennan (0-6, 0-5 frees, 0-1 pen); Collette Dormer, Eilish Cantwell (1-0 each); Joanne Barcoe (0-1).