The Limerick Camogie season started with two impressive wins last weekend. Match reports and photos are below.
Sunday 23rd February at 2pm
Limerick 5-5 (2-4) Tyrone 2-7 (1-4)
Irish Daily Star National League Division 4
Tyrone GAA Centre, Garvaghey
Referee Louise Smith
Limerick’s Junior Team got their National Camogie League Division 4 campaign off to a great start in wind swept Garvaghey with an impressive 5-5 to 2-7 win over Tyrone.
Tyrone opened brightly and led by 0-3 to 0-0 after 10 minutes with points from Shauna Jordan, Aisling Jordan and a free from Emma McAliskey. Tyrone went further head through a Caoimhe Rafferty goal but this appeared to galvanize Limerick who dominated the remainder of the half.
Two goals in seven minutes from Sarah Collins levelled the score and further points from Emma Quaid, Mairéad Fitzgerald, Marguerite McCarthy and Sarah Collins gave LImerick a good lead going into the break. The impressive Niamh Gavin added a point for Tyrone to leave the score at half time LImerick 2-4 Tyrone 1-4.
With the breeze at their back Limerick started brightly in the second half with Sarah Collins completing her hat trick and Kristy Carroll adding a fourth goal. Tyrone responded with three points from frees from Emma McAliskey. Kristy Carroll added a point for Limerick before Tyrone closed the gap through a goal from Aisling Corr.
The final period saw Tyrone press further looking for goals but Limerick broke to the other end of pitch where substitute Niamh Tuite scored the goal that put an end to Tyrone’s challenge.
A great opening result for LImerick from a tough away challenge. Next up will be Kerry at home in two weeks time and on the same day the Intermediate team open their Division 1 campaign at home to Derry. Final Score: Limerick 5-5 Tyrone 2-7.
LIMERICK: Sarah Collins 3-1, Kristy Carroll 1-1, Niamh Tuite 1-0, Emma O’Grady 0-1, Mairéad Fitzgerald 0-1, Marguerite McCarthy 0-1
TYRONE: Emma McAliskey 0-4 (4F), Caoimhe Rafferty 1-0, Aisling Corr 1-0, Shauna Jordan 0-1, Aishling Jordan 0-1, Niamh Gavin 0-1
LIMERICK: 1- Laura O’Neill (Na Piarsaigh), 2- Emer Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry), 3- Noreen Barry (Killeedy), 4- Sarah Crotty (Ahane), 5- Emma O Grady (Granagh Ballingarry), 6- Emma Quaid (Croagh Kilfinny), 7- Marguerite McCarthy (Ahane), 8- Caitrín De Bhál (Feenagh Kilmeedy), 9- Mairéad Fitzgerald
(Granagh Ballingarry), 10- Therase Mulcaire (Granagh Ballingarry, 11- Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), 12- Kristy Carroll (Galbally), 13- Elaine Kennedy (Newcastle West), 14- Sarah Collins (Ballyagran), 15- Catherine Fitzgerald (Adare)
Subs: 16- Grace Lee (Newcastle West), 17- Jennifer Hartigan (Ballybrown), 18- Aisling Ryan (Kilmallock), 19- Edwina Mullane (Killeedy), 20- Niamh Curtin (Ballybrown), 21- Mairéad Clancy (Ballybrown), 22- Niamh Tuite (Treaty Gaels)
Saturday 22nd February at 1pm
Limerick 1-13 (1-4) Offaly 0-4 (0-3)
Al-Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship
Limerick Institute of Technology
Referee John Dolan
Limerick’s minor team got their All-Ireland Championship campaign off to a winning start with a comprehensive 1-13 to 0-4 victory over Offaly in LIT on Saturday.
Despite the clash with the Harty Cup Final a good crowd saw LImerick get off to a flying start when Deborah Murphy shot home from the edge of the box. Limerick had the best of the opening exchanges however the strong breeze played havoc with their shooting and a number of efforts at points dropped short into the goal area to be easily dealt with by the Offaly defence.
Limerick finally found their range and points from Caoimhe Lyons, Rebecca Delee and a free from Caoimhe Costello saw Limerick open up a 1-3 to 0-0 score lead. It was not all Limerick though and the score could have closer as a period of pressure saw Offaly awarded a penalty but an excellent save from Orla Condon denied the Faithful County.
Offaly did finally get on the scoreboard through a Mairead Jennings free and two further frees from the same player saw Offaly close the gap to three points. However an excellent passage of play involving a number of the Limerick forwards saw Kate Mulqueen point to put the score at half time Limerick 1-4 Offaly 0-3.
With the breeze behind them the second half was all Limerick as an increasingly dominant forward line led by captain Caoimhe Costello steadily increased their lead. Caoimhe scored 5 points in the second half including 1 from play to bring her match tally to 0-6. Indeed such was Limerick’s dominance that were it not for an excellent display from Offaly goalie Shannon Tuohey they would surely have added 2 or 3 goals to their tally. One stop from a Rebecca Delee shot being particularly memorable. Rebecca added two points and Caoimhe Lyons and Kate Mulqueen added a point each to their first half tallies to bring Limerick’s total to 1-13. Offaly’s sole second half point and only point from play in the match coming from their captain Rachel Brennan.
All in all a great start to the campaign and the team can look forward to their remaining group games against Dublin and Cork with confidence. Final score in the game Limerick 1-13 Offaly 0-4.
LIMERICK: Caoimhe Costello 0-6 (5f) Deborah Murphy 1-0 Rebecca Delee 0-3 Caoimhe Lyons 0-2 Kate Mulqueen 0-2
OFFALY: Mairead Jennings 0-3 (3f) Rachel Brennan 0-1
LIMERICK: 1 Orla Condon (Knockaderry), 2 Katie Hennessy (Ballyagran), 3 Sinéad MacNamara (Na Piarsaigh), 4 Leanne Browne (Newcastle West), 5 Sarah Shanahan (Killeedy), 6 Tara Fitzgibbon (Ballyagran), 7 Jane Wilson (Na Piarsaigh), 8 Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West), 9 Donna Mulcahy (Killeedy), 10 Caoimhe Costello – captain (Adare), 11 Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), 12 Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), 13 Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), 14 Kate Mulqueen (Ballybrown), 15 Aoife Wilson (Na Piarsaigh)
Subs: 19 Leah O’Riordan (Ballyagran) for Kate Mulqueen, 17 Helena Fitzgerald (Adare) for Sarah Shanahan
Subs (unused): 16 Laura O’Neill (Na Piarsaigh), 18 Shannyn Sheehan (Templeglantine), 20 Alannah Mulcahy (Killeedy), 21 Niamh Tuite (Treaty Gaels), 22 Mairéad Clancy (Ballybrown), 23 Niamh Curtin (Ballybrown), 24 Megan O’Meara (Monaleen), 25 Aisling Scanlon (Killeedy), 26 Lisa Ryan (Murroe Boher), 27 Shauna Tobin (Newcastle West), 28 Ciara Carroll (Newcastle West), 29 Sinead Madden (Mungret), 30 Áine Cunningham (Killeedy), 31 Róisín O’Mara (Ahane), 32 Marian Quaid (Bruff), 33 Marie Danagher (Ballyagran), 34 Lizzie O’Dwyer (Cappamore), 35 Aoife Barry (Murroe Boher)
OFFALY: 1 Shannon Tuohey (Tullamore), 2 Laura Hogan (St Cillians), 3 Roisin Egan (St Rynaghs), 4 Paula Kinnarney (Tullamore), 5 Deirdre Cashen (Birr), 6 Aisling Brennan (St Cillians), 7 Kelly Sammon (Shinrone), 8 Cailin Fitzgerald (St Cillians), 9 Christine Cleary (Shinrone), 10 Grainne Dolan (St Rynaghs), 11 Rachel Brennan – captain (St Cillians), 12 Sarah Walsh (Tullamore), 13 Lisa Gorman (Tullamore), 14 Sarah Harding (Birr), 15 Mairead Jennings (Birr)
Subs: 18 Gillian Irwin (Birr) for Sarah Harding, 17 Ciara Ryan (Birr) for Mairead Jennings, 21 Aideen Freeman (St Cillians) for Grainne Dolan
Sat 1st March at 2pm
U16 A League: Patrickswell v Cillard, Killeedy v Newcastle West, Monaleen v Ahane, Croagh Kilfinny v Crecora
U16 B League: Bruff v Cappamore, KIlmallock v Knockaderry/Templglantine, Na Piarsaigh v Ballybrown, Causeway v Galbally
Sunday 2nd March at 12pm
Junior League: Patrickswell v Knockaderry
Intermediate League: Crecora Glantine v Murroe Boher, Ballybrown v Cappamore
Senior A League: Ahane v Granagh Ballingarry, Killeedy v Ballyagran, Newcastle v Galbally