Collins Goal Propels Courceys to place in the Final Four
Courcey Rovers and Killeagh played out an audacious fixture that witnessed the South East side secure a place in the final four after a superbly taken Linda Collins goal gave them the impetuous mid way through the second half in the SE Systems Cork Camogie Senior Championship Quarter Final played at Castle Road on Sunday last.
Playing with the aid of the strong breeze in the opening half Courceys got out of the blocks via a Saoirse McCarthy point on 2. Chloe Sigerson registered her first of five frees in the game when she levelled proceedings on 4 with a placed ball from 35 metres.
The unerring Jacinta Crowley pushed Courceys one clear on 6 when she put over a long range free. However, five unanswered Courceys points in nine minutes had the South East side six clear five minutes from half time.
Crowley fired over before Keating split the posts with a trio of well taken points before Collins slotted over a tight angled effort to push Courceys into a commanding lead 0-07 to 0-01.
Sigerson cut the deficit to five when she pointed a 25 metre free. However, Killeagh found their rhythm in the closing minutes of the half when they laid siege to the Courcey goal, but Ciara Hayes, Karyn Keohane and Ashling Moloney remained resolute in court marshalling the defence that ensured the Killeagh attack was fruitless.
A Crowley free in added time witnessed Courceys head to the dressing room leading 0-08 to 0-02.
Four minutes after the resumption Jessica O’Shea split the posts with just one of two points from play for Killeagh and with it cut the Courcey lead to five. Two Crowley frees either side of a superb Sigerson long range point had Courceys hold a six point lead with 20 remaining.
However, on 42 Collins propelled Courceys into a commanding nine point lead when she finished a superb build up that started deep in her own defence and gave Stef Beausang no chance in the Killeagh goal.
Killeagh responded with a Sigerson long range free and once again they found a late rhythm and began to attack via Laura Treacy, O’Shea and Hannah Looney, however, Courceys remained resolute in weathering the Killeagh attack with Sinead O’Reilly between the posts clearing her lines.
A Crowley 45 metre free restored Courceys nine point lead before two Sigerson placed balls cut the deficit to seven with six remaining. A late long range Rachael Sheehan free cut the Courcey lead to six, however, it was the South East side who took the spoils to book a semi final spot with a 1-11 to 0-08 victory.
Courcey Rovers: S. O’Reilly, E. Moloney, K. Keohane, C. Hayes, A. O’Reilly, A. Moloney (c), O. Twomey, J. Crowley, Elaine O’Reilly, S. McCarthy, C. O’Neill, Eimear O’Reilly, F. Keating, L. Collins, S. Hayes.
Subs: S. O’Donovan for S. Hayes (HT).
Killeagh: S. Beausang, C. Barry, A. Walsh, N. Ní Chaoímh, R. Fogarty, R. Sheehan, E. Treacy (c), J. O’Shea, C. Sigerson, C. Harney, L. Treacy, C. Daly, N. O’Donovan, H. Looney, K. Ahern.
Courcey Rovers: L. Collins 1-01, J. Crowley 0-06 (0-05f), F. Keating 0-03, S. McCarthy 0-01
Killeagh: C. Sigerson 0-06 (0-05f), J. O’Shea 0-01
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan