Powerful Second Half Performance sees Éire Óg Crowned Intermediate Champions
Aghabullogue and Éire Óg played out a thrilling SE Systems Cork Camogie Intermediate Final when they met at Castle Road on Sunday last in what was a local derby that served up an exciting duel between the near neighbours.
The opening half was a closely contested affair and it was player of the match Emma Crowley who opened the scoring for Éire Óg when she pointed from a Siobhán Hutchinson pass before Margaret O’Herlihy had them two clear on 7 when she split the posts with a fine effort.
The Aghabullogue defence, spear-headed by Katie McCarthy and Miriam Cotter got a handle on the Éire Óg attack where Emma Crowley and Margaret O’Herlihy were proving a handful and, registered three unanswered scores via Cliona Healy with two placed balls and a fine Julie Tarrant effort to see Aghabullogue take a one point lead on 17.
Grace Collins fired over from close range to level after Éire Óg laid siege to the Aghabullogue goal on 18. However, Healy unerring from placed balls and Sarah Dineen with a fine effort pushed Aghabullogue two clear on 23.
Éire Óg rallied and responded with a super brace from Crowley and Meadbh Ellen Desmond to tie the sides for the third time with five points a piece. However, three unanswered points from Aghabullogue courtesy of the influential Healy with two frees and one from play saw Aghabullogue hold a three point advantage at half time, Aghabullogue 0-08, Éire Óg 0-05.
Even though Aghabullogue held a three point advantage at half time, the Éire Óg rear guard marshalled by Rachel Murray in goal and Siobhán Hutchinson at centre back, as well as, the lively Isobel Sheehan at mid field ensured Aghabullogue remained scoreless for the entire second half.
Aghabullogue were however, awarded a penalty and opportunity to level on 53 when Cliona Healy was brought down but Healys resultant well taken shot was saved and cleared by the ferocious work rate of the Éire Óg defence.
In contrast Éire Óg scored three unanswered points within fifteen minutes of the restart via a Herlihy placed ball, Crowley with a fine effort and Aoife O’Callaghan from close range.
On 50 Éire Óg hit the front for the first time since the seventh minute when O’Herlihy carved out enough space to give Katie Ward no chance with a handpass to the net after a super well worked build up to push her side three clear.
A late flurry from Éire Óg in added time from Crowley and two from O’Herlihy pushed Éire Óg six clear to close out the game and see them crowned Intermediate champions on a scoreline of Aghabullogue 0-08, Éire Óg 1-11.
Aghabullogue: K. Ward, J. Crowley, M. Cotter, E. O’Connell, J. Cotter, K. McCarthy, E. Flanagan, E. Foley, S. Dineen (c), E. Tarrant, C. McCarthy, A. Twomey, L. Dineen, C. Healy, J. Tarrant.
Subs: Ú. Browne for A. Twomey (40).
Éire Óg: R. Murray, K. McCarthy, A. Hennessy, F. Murphy, E. Quigley, S. Hutchinson (c), M. Gleeson, Á. Barry, I. Sheehan, E. Crowley, M. O’Herlihy, ME Desmond, G. Collins, A. O’Callaghan, G. Murphy.
Subs: R. Murphy for Á. Barry (22), L. O’Shea for A. Hennessy (32), O. Meaney for F. Murphy (33).
Aghabullogue: C. Healy 0-06 (0-04f), J. Tarrant 0-04, S. Dineen 0-01.
Éire Óg: ME Desmond 1-01, E. Crowley 0-04, M. O’Herlihy 0-04, G. Murphy 0-01, A. O’Callaghan 0-01.
Referee: Cathal McAllistair
Siobhán Hutchinson; Captain, Éire Óg, after they were crowned SE Systems Cork Camogie Intermediate Champions when they defeated Aghabullogue 1-11 to 0-08 at Castle Road on 07.10.18 being presented with the Nano Nagle cup by Sr. Patricia O’Shea, South Presentation Convent.
Evening Echo POTM – Emma Crowley – Éire Óg – SE Systems Cork Camogie Intermediate Championship being presented with her award by Mary Newman – Evening Echo