The Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny needed a point in injury-time from Orla Hanrick (free) to save their skins and earn them a second chance against St Patrick’s, Maghera in the All-Ireland Roinn A schools senior camogie semi-final, 0-11 to 1-8.
Hanrick’s last gasp point earned a draw with the Derry girls in a thrilling game in Nowlan Park on Saturday.
The Ulster school looked in trouble at one stage when six points down (0-6 to 0-0). They sliced that deficit to four at half-time (0-6 to 0-2), and then took over in the second half.
Three points in as many minutes from Adrienne O’Gorman, coupled with an Eimhear McNicholl goal, left them in front with time running out (1-7 to 0-9).
The sides traded points through Hanrick and Dervla O’Kane, but the Derry girls were denied that final berth through Hanrick’s free. The teams will meet again in the replay this Saturday.
Loreto SS – Orla Hanrick (0-5, 0-1 free, 0-1 45); Lydia Fitzpatrick (0-2, 0-1 free); Marie Doheny, Roisin Breen (0-2 each). St Patrick’s – Eimhear McNicholl (1-0); Adrienne Gorman (0-3); Mairead McNicholl (0-2, frees); Dervla O’Kane (0-2); Shauna Quinn (0-1).
Loreto SS – K. Maher, K. Doheny, R. Lynch, S. Kent, K. Holland, M. Walsh, L. Murphy, N. Leahy, L. Greene, M. Doheny, L. Fitzpatrick, J. Clifford, R. Breen, O. Hanrick, C. Byrne. Sub: A. Bryan for Byrne, 56 mins.
St Patrick’s – E. Burns, C. Burns, M. Quinn, C. Ni Cheallaigh, A. Shaw, A. Ni Chaiside, C. Burke, O. Ni Mhaolain, S. Quinn, D. O’Kane, B. Ni Chaiside, A. Gorman, M. McNicholl, A. McCloskey, E. McNicholl. Subs: C. Graham for McCloskey, 20 mins; C. Dillon for C. Burns, 53 mins; S. Mellon for Ni Mhaolain, 53 mins.
Referee – D. Leahy.