Abbey Community College, Ferrybank battled with all their might but came up just short in the All-Ireland colleges senior Roinn B camogie semi-final against Munster champions, St Angela’s Ursuline, Waterford in Kilmacow on Saturday.
The Ursuline started well, shooting points by Niamh Murphy and Abby Flynn.
Abbey employed an extra player in the defence, Grainne Heffernan, which helped strengthen their hand. Two points followed for Abbey from the influential Afton Grace.
Defences were on top. However, a long range free from Ursuline’s Annie Fitzgerald found her sister Aoife, who rifled to the net.
This was followed by a brilliant point from the talented Abby Flynn to leave the score at half time: Ursuline 1-3, Abbey CC 0-2.
The Abbey stormed back in the second half. Afton Grace, now operating at full-forward, gathered possession and ran at the defence. She struck a terrific left handed effort to the net.
Ursuline responded with two points from placed balls from Annie Fitzgerald. With 15 minutes remaining the winners were points to the good.
The final quarter action was dramatic. Abbey let rip. Alanna Gallagher and Jane Rochford poured possession into the forwards from midfield.
Caroline Kennedy moved to full-forward and caused huge problems for the opposition. She was unlucky to shoot wide after a superb catch.
She did not miss the next chance, claiming a top class goal. Caroline followed with a superb point. It was now a one point game with six minutes left.
Abbey CC appeared to have the momentum, but Ursuline snapped it back when Annie Fitzgerald, a Waterford senior player, saw the ball from a long range free end up in the net.
The Abbey tried hard to recover, but the Ursuline defence stood firm. Ursuline finished the scoring with a point from a free from Clodagh Carroll to get throuoghy to the final.
The teams produced a thrilling match. Ursuline had strong performers in defence in Hannah and Emma Flynn, plus the outstanding Clodagh Carroll at midfield.
Rachel Walsh covered every blade of grass. Up front the supremely talented Abby Flynn, Aoife Fitgerald and Niamh Murphy were most threatening.
For Abbey CC, Aine Phelan, Eve Lacey and the rampaging Laura Mulcair were prominent in defence.
Alanna Gallagher and Una Kinsella worked tirelessly. Hard working Jane Rochford and Alannah Dolan complemented the very dangerous Afton Grace.
The hugely talented Caroline Kennedy was instrumental in the Abbey resurgence.
Abbey CC - Aoife Slattery; Kathlyn Roche, Aine Phelan, Ciara Atkins; Eve Lacey, Laura Mulcair, Alanna Gallagher; Caroline Kennedy, Una Kinsella; Alannah Dolan, Jane Rochford, Afton Grace; Grainne Heffernan, Orla Phelan, Emma Hewetson. Subs - Kate Sheridan, Helen Connolly, Anna Malone, Hanagh Lacey, Caoimhe Connolly, Ellen Kennedy, Aoife Byrne, Eva Doherty, Danielle O’Brien, Ellen Rockett, Anna O’Brien, Amy Lehane, Katie Larrissey, Anne Marie Moloney (inj).
St Angela’s Ursuline - Leah O’Donoghue; Shauna Farrell, Lucy Hogan, Emma Flynn; Leah Sheridan, Collette Hogan, Hannah Flynn; Rachael Walsh, Clodagh Carroll; Annie Fitzgerald, Niamh Murphy, Abby Flynn; Aleisha McDonald, Aoife Fitzgerald, Ciara O Sullivan.
Subs: Emer Walsh, Sorcha Cantwell, Sarah Maher, Clodagh Curham, Laoise McLoughlin, Nell Murphy, Alisha Flynn, Kate Lynch (inj), Deanna O’Brien (inj).
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