Loreto captain, Emma Manogue is presented with the winners trophy
The Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny, produced pure drama again when completing the junior/senior All-Ireland post primary schools Roinn A camogie double in Banagher today.
Two weeks ago the seniors won their seventh title thanks to a last minute goal in Banagher. This time the juniors snatched the winning goal in the 63rd minute when star attacker, Caoimhe Keher-Murtagh, found the net for the third time to beat excellent opponents Presentation College, Athenry.
This was a tremendous contest that produced top class camogie. Heading into the last quarter star Athenry player, Sabina Rabbitte, pointed a free to leave her side 2-10 to 2-5 in front when battling like demons when playing against the strong wind.
The Loreto hadn’t enjoyed much joy during that quarter, adding a mere two points to their interval tally. However, when Keher Murtagh crossed from the left for flying midfielder, Asha McHardy to shoot a Kilkenny goal in the 46th minute it was game on big time again, 2-10 to 3-5.
The Presentation, thanks to scores from Aisling Cronelly and Olwen Rabbitte, stayed in front until back-to-back minors from Caoimhe Keher Murtagh and the powerful Claire Doheny, following a terrific defence splitting run by McHardy, levelled it at 2-12 to 3-9 in the 57th minute.
Momentum was with the Loreto by this stage. When Ava Shefflin drilled a ball into the danger area deep in injury time, corner-forward Keher Murtagh snatched it from the air before winning a metre of space and shooting the winning goal.
It was some finish to a game that rocked with exciting action from the start. The Presentation scored a goal in their first attack in the opening minute, Olwen Rabbitte taking the honours to finish a fine move launched by Megan Gannon.
The winners had two goals from Keher-Murtagh during this half, and they didn’t look too badly placed when 2-3 to 2-7 behind at the break. However, the losers put in a ferocious effort during the next quarter to extend their advantage slightly, but the Loreto kept going and going and they got there in a sizzling finish to claim their 10th title.
SCORERS: Loreto SS - Caoimhe Keher-Murtagh (3-1); Asha McHardy (1-2); Claire Doheny, Amy Clifford (0-2 each); Ava Shefflin, Emma Manogue (0-1 each). Presentation College - Sabina Rabbitte (1-8); Olwen Rabbitte (1-2); Caoimhe Kelly, Aisling Cronelly (0-1 each).
Loreto SS - A. Kennedy; M. O’Keeffe, H. Larkin, R. Brennan; A. Clifford, K. McCluskey, C. Delaney; R. Kelly, A. McHardy; A. Shefflin, C. Doheny, E. Mulhall; E. Manogue (capt), M. O’Brien, C. Keher-Murtagh. Sub - C. Dunne.
Presentation College - L. Feeney; G. Murphy, N. Feeney, C. Quirke; K. Coleman, E. Burke, G. Leen; C. Kelly, A. Carr; T. Maher, M. Gannon, A. Conelly; E. Joyce, S. Rabbitte, O. Rabbitte. Subs - S. Carr, K. Madden, A. Treacy.
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