Hungry Saints signal their serious senior intentions

St Lachtain’s 6-17

St Lachtain’s 6-17

Windgap 5-4

THEY haven’t gone away you know.

While they may have lost last year’s decider, St Lachtain’s (Freshford) served up a clear intention that they mean serious business in this season’s senior camogie championship when overpowering a shell-shocked Windgap in Tom Ryall Park on Sunday morning.

Freshford’s semi-final display was free-flowing, while the way in which their frightening pace troubled Windgap proved unstoppable. Full-forward Sinead Connery was certainly their potent lethal weapon up front as she scored 4-1.

Marie O’Connor was another dangerous weapon as she bagged a brace of goals, while the half-forward line of Imelda Kennedy, Cora Dowling and Anne Dalton, along with youngster Lydia Fitzpatrick completed the perfect attacking package.

Three words summed St Lachtain’s attacking display - sensational, astonishing and breathtaking.

Eileen Fitzpatrick was awesome from start to finish in midfield. She was a constant driving force while her sister, team captain Aoife, worked relentlessly and grafted superbly alongside her.

However, on the debit side, they conceded five goals which is a significant worry.

St Lachtain’s led by 2-8 to 1-3 at the interval. Marie O’Connor set the tone with a superb individual goal after just 20 seconds. That score was set up by Anne Dalton, who was also the provider when teeing up Sinead Connery for the start of her individual goalscoring rout in the second minute of injury-time.

Anne-Marie Phelan added a goal early in the second half to give Windgap a glimmer of hope, but the Freshford girls were unnerved. Four goals in four minutes between the 37th and 41st minutes meant it was game over.

Sinead Connery couldn’t stop scoring adding three further goals, while Marie O’Connor bagged her second taking advantage of defensive lapses.

Anne-Marie Phelan and Catherine Foley grabbed a brace of goals each, as Denise Gaule scored a fortuitous goal during the first-half when her long range attempt ended up deceiving Helen Burke.

It was a day to forget for Windgap, who could do nothing about the St Lachtain’s onslaught.

SCORERS: St Lachtain’s - Sinead Connery (4-1); Marie O’Connor (2-1); Imelda Kennedy (0-6, 0-5 frees); Anne Dalton (0-4); Cora Dowling, Lydia Fitzpatrick (0-2 each); Maureen Walsh (0-1). Windgap - Catherine Foley, Anne-Marie Phelan (2-0 each); Denise Gaule (1-1, 0-1 free); Niamh Phelan (0-2); Lisa Phelan (0-1).