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Killeagh prove too strong for Courcey Rovers

Killeagh showed they had another gear to close out a fiercely competitive SE Systems Cork Camogie Senior Championship first round fixture with a tenacious Courcey Rovers at Castle Road on Monday evening last.

Killeagh opened the scoring after 3 when Hannah Looney split the posts before Courceys responded with a tight angled Deirdre O’Reilly point.  Killeagh pushed one clear on 8 when Laura Tracey slotted over before an Ashling Moloney free from defence picked out Linda Collins who made no mistake in pointing.  Saoirse McCarthy put Courceys one ahead when she pointed from range on 13, however, a minute later Noelle O’Donovan cancelled it out when she split the posts.  On 17, however, a Rachel Sheehan shot from 30 metres out on the wing proved deceptive for Sinead O’Reilly in the Courcey goal when it clipped off her effort to push it over and it instead fell into the net to see Killeagh go three clear on 17.  Courceys responded when Linda Collins collected in the corner and she made no mistake in carving out a path to goal to rattle the net and even the scores 10 from the break.  Four unanswered points from Killeagh in the 10 minutes before halftime saw them hold a four point lead through a Sigernon 60 metre free, Looney from close range, a Ciara Daly 20 metre free and a Sinead Landers point after she collected an O’Reilly clearance to see the half time score Courcey Rovers 1-03, Killeagh 1-07.

Three minutes into the restart Jacinta Crowley pointed a 25metre free to close the lead to three before a Looney pass found O’Donovan to slot over.  Two more Killeagh points from a Daly 20 metre free and Treacy on the run saw Killeagh open up a six point lead on 37.  McCarthy cut the deficit after she pointed following a Collins pass to see Courceys trail 1-05 to 1-10.  It was to be 9 minutes before another score was registered and it came in the form of two quick goals from the stick of Looney after she made a strong run along the end line before blasting past O’Reilly on 47 and again on 48 when she rattled the net after collecting a Treacy long ball into the danger area to see Killeagh 3-10 to 1-05 to the good.  Courceys remained resolute and with Ashling Moloney, Ciara Hayes and Karen Keohane holding firm in defence began to claw their way back into the game.  Two Courcey points from McCarthy and Collins either side of a Sigerson 45 metre free had Courceys trailing by 10 with five remaining.  Looney and Crowley exchanged points before Collins fired to the roof of the Killeagh net on 58 to cut the Killeagh lead to seven before two Crowley efforts shaded the crossbar either side of a Treacy point to see Killeagh move onto the next round and Courceys take the back door route.  Full time score Courcey Rovers 2-10, Killeagh 3-13.

Teams:             

Courcey Rovers: S. O’Reilly, E. O’Regan, K. Keohane, G. Hannon, C. Hayes, A. Moloney (capt.), O. Twomey, J. Crowley, R. Crowley, L. Collins, Elaine O’Reilly, S. McCarthy, D. O’Reilly, Eimear O’Reilly, A. Hannon.

Killeagh: KM Cullinane, E. Treacy, A. Walsh, R. Fogarty, J. O’Gorman, C. Sigerson, N. Ní Chaoimh, L. McEvoy, C. Daly, N. O’Donovan (capt.), L. Treacy, R. Sheehan, S. Landers, H. Looney, C. Motherway.

Subs: G. Tyrell for C. Motherway (41), M. Ahern for R. Fogarty (53), C. Horgan for S. Landers (57).

Scorers:            

Courcey Rovers: L. Collins 2-02, J. Crowley 0-04 (0-02f), S. McCarthy 0-03, D. O’Reilly 0-01

Killeagh: H. Looney 2-03, R. Sheehan 1-00, L. Treacy 0-03, N. O’Donovan 0-02, C. Daly 0-02 (0-02f), C. Sigerson 0-02 (0-01f, 0-0145), S. Landers 0-01

Referee:            Cathal Egan, Glen Rovers

Pics credit: Trevor Patchett

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