U16 Success For Shannon Rovers

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September 13, 2023

U16 C Final

Shannon Rovers 3-12

Cashel King Cormacs 0-04

Referee Michael Heffernan

Last  Wednesday evening supporters of Shannon Rovers and Cashel King Cormacs travelled in numbers to the County Camogie Grounds hoping for victory after impressive wins in their respective semi-finals the week previous.  In the end it was Shannon Rovers who were celebrating a comprehensive victory with two goals late in the opening half setting the tone for a powerful second half performance that Cashel had no response to. Cashel started really well and looked the livelier of the two teams. Eadaoin Bonnar put them into an early lead on the 1st minute with a pointed free. They continued to attack the Shannon Rovers goals in the opening 8 minutes but this sustained pressure didn’t yield a score thanks to a brilliant save from Margaret Cleary in the goals and some missed chances from the Cashel attack. Shannon Rovers soon settled with Clodagh Davis getting the first of her 3 points after 8 minutes. This was followed up 2 minutes later by an Aoibhean Haugh point as Rovers went into the lead. The Cashel response was very good with 2 points in quick succession from another Bonnar free and a nice score from play from Tara Quinn. Three points to 2 in Cashel’s favour with over 20 minutes played and one would have predicted a close game that could go either way. Instead Shannon Rovers managed to find another few gears and really upped the intensity led by Ava Young and Clodagh Cahalan in midfield to finish the half outscoring the opposition 2-02 to no score. Two goals in the space of 3 minutes from Ally Mulvihill and Makenzie Simmons was followed by 2 points from Clodagh Cahalan to give the North Tipp side a 2-04 to 3 point lead. Cashel needed to start the second half well but instead it was Shannon Rovers and Makenzie Simmons who raised another green flag to put the result beyond doubt. By now the Rovers attack were playing with real confidence and flair and had 3 more points on the board before Eadaoin Bonnar got Cashel’s 4th and final point of the game. Clodagh Davis was a constant thorn in the Cashel defence and finished with 3 points while Aoibheann Haugh and Ally Mulvihill were also to the fore. Credit to Cashel they never threw in the towel and worked hard throughout the hour. They will rue not having further scores on the board in the opening quarter when they enjoyed plenty of possession. While conceding 2-02 in the crucial 10 minute spell before half time also proved extremely costly. After a slow start Shannon Rovers really came thundering into the contest and their close semi-final win over Borris-Ileigh really stood to them in the end. While the midfield and attack were very good huge credit must go to the defence who held Cashel to only one point from play with the half backline of Caitlin Murphy, Emma Costello and Aine Cahalan top class. 

Shannon Rovers: Margaret Cleary, Aoibhin O’Gara, Anna Kennedy, Amy Carroll, Caitlin Murphy, Emma Costello, Aine Cahalan, Ava Young, Clodagh Cahalan(0-04, 2 frees), Ally Mulvihill(1-01), Lucy Maher(0-01), Clodagh Davis(0-03), Aoibheann Haugh(0-02), Makenzie Simmons(2-01), Katie Hogan

Cashel King Cormacs: Ellen Ryan, Rachel Fahy, Orla Ryan, Emma Brosnan, Molly Hall, Anna O’Brien, Emily Moloney, Emma Bonnar, Sarah Grogan, Ruth Meehan, Ava Gillespie, Eadaoin Bonnar(0-03 frees), Mia Doherty, Tara Quinn(0-01), Lucy Burke