Senior Camogie Team beat Faughs after replay to win Senior 3 Championship Final
Kilmacud Crokes win thrilling Senior 3 championship final replay.The drawn game between Crokes and Faughs in Abbotstown was exciting. Sunday’s replay at O’Toole Park was if anything more exciting as both these excellent sides battled for the Senior 3 honours and the right to go forward to the Leinster Intermediate championship. It was fast, competitive, exciting, skilful, full of all the things we like about camogie. Both teams had huge support.
Faughs played with a strong breeze in the first half. But it was Crokes who opened the scoring with a pointed free from wing forward Sorcha Meagher. Faughs responded with 4 unanswered points opening up a three point lead. Crokes replied with a well taken goal by Charlotte O’Farrell to leave the sides level 1-0I to 0-04 midway through the half. Frees given away by Crokes were proving costly as Faughs scored the next 3 points from frees courtesy of the accurate Catherine Costello. Sorcha Meagher and Frances McCann exchanged points. On the 30th minute of the half Crokes levelled the match with their second goal by Michelle O’Hurley. In time added on Kate Holland sent over the last point of the half to give Faughs a slender one point lead.
Half time score Faughs 0-09 Crokes 2-02.
Again we wondered what effect the breeze would have on the second half. Playing with the wind Crokes started well with points from Michelle Hurley and Sorcha Meagher to give them a one point lead. Theresa Timmons goal on 6 minutes had Faughs back in front again by 2 points. Crokes had stopped giving away frees which cost them 5 points in the first half. On 10 minutes Julia Buckley sent over the best point of the game to reduce the lead to a single point. The pace had picked up. There was some excellent play taking place all over the field, hooking, blocking, running with and off the ball from both sides with defences generally on top. Kerrie Kerrigan pointed for Faughs while Sorcha Meagher added a Crokes point having received a great pass from Siofra Walsh who was working tirelessly and making some telling runs at the Faughs defence. On 20 minutes came the decisive score of the half - Julia Buckley lashed the sliotar to the Faughs net. Crokes ahead by 2. What excitement as both sides did everything in their power to win. Catherine Costello (Faughs) and Sorcha Meagher (Crokes) exchanged points.
Still 2 points between the teams. What excitement. When the final whistle sounded Crokes had won by that narrow 2 point margin - Final score Kilmacud Crokes 3-07 to Faughs Celtic 1-11.
Well done to both teams on an excellent game of camogie.
Player of the match: Aisling Whitely (Kilmacud Crokes)
Scorers: Kilmacud Crokes: Sorcha Meagher 0-05, Julia Buckley 1-01, Charlotte O’Farrell 1-00 and Michelle O’Hurley 1-01 Faughs Celtic: Catherine Costello 0-07 (6 frees and one 45) Theresa Timmons 1-00, Frances McCann 0-02 and Kate Holland 0-01.