St. Martin’s of Piercestown / Murrintown secured back to back Treacys Hotel County Senior Camogie Championship’s after defeating Oulart- The Ballagh on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-06, at Bellefield.
Last year, St. Martin’s ended their long-awaited drought and won their first ever Senior Championship. Sceptics pointed to the fact that St. Martin’s claimed their maiden title without having to beat Oulart. This year they proved the doubters wrong with a strong showing in the final.
The experience and know-how of this young side shone through in a game which they from the xith minute. Oulart- The Ballagh threatened with a late push towards the end, bringing the scores within three points. However, there were no signs of nerves from this young St. Martin’s team as their winning mentality and character gleamed through, as they put in the tackles and blocks to secure their second title in two years.
It was Oulart-The Ballagh who stormed out of the blocks and should have taken a crucial lead after four-time All-Ireland senior camogie winner and two-time All-Star goalkeeper, Mags D’Arcy, brought down Aideen Brennan who was clean through on goal.
Shauna Sinnott’s resulting penalty was cleared off the line in the early minutes of the game which could have turned the tide in favour of Oulart. St. Martin’s coach JJ Doyle acknowledged this as a crucial swing in momentum so early on.
St Martin’s instantly had the wind in their sails and 21 year old Chloe Foxe went on a mazy run before shooting passed Lauren Sinnott in goal to give St. Martin’s the lead.
Oulart ‘s midfielder Stacey Kehoe pulled a point back but Chloe Foxe nailed a point to make it 1-1 to 0-2.
St. Martin’s continued to build their attacks and sustain pressure. Emma Codd and Amy Cardiff slotted points over to make the lead four, before the lethal Foxe added another free to give St Martins a lead by 1-4 to 0-2.
Oulart found their feet and drew the game level (1-5 each) when starlet Shauna Sinnott converted two points in quick succession. Yet as quickly as those points came, so did the St. Martin’s resurgence. Chloe Foxe once again slotted two frees and Amy Cardiff claimed another point to put some distance between the sides.
Chloe Foxe who ended up 1-5, put St. Martin’s 1-9 to 1-5 up on the 60th minute before the lead was cut back down to three.
Despite the pressure from Oulart-The Ballagh, St Martins held on to win 1-10 to 1-06, booking their place in the Leinster final. Last year, St Martin’s came within a whisker of winning the Leinster final, only to be defeated Thomastown 0-16 to 3-6.
St. Martin’s: Mags D’Arcy, Noeleen Lambert, Aisling O’Connor, Áine Ennis, Ciara O’Connor, Mary Barrett, Marie Claire Morrissey, Chloe Foxe, Katie O’Connor, Amy Cardiff, Linda Bolger, Lettie Whelan, Ella O’Connor, Anna Hennessy, Emma Codd.
Oulart-The Ballagh: Lauren Sinnott, Karen Atkinson, Aoife Dunne, Aoife O’Connor, Ciara Storey, Louise Sinnott, Shelley Kehoe, Anais Curran, Shauna Sinnott, Stacey Kehoe, Katie Murphy, Siobhán Sinnott, Mary Leacy, Aideen Brennan, Ursula Jacob.