Inniscarra 1-11 St Finbarr's 0-11
GIVEN the closeness of this SE Systems Senior Camogie Championship semi-final tie in Castle Road on Saturday a goal was always going to be the deciding factor.
And so it came to pass from the stick of Inniscarra’s Ellen Murphy on 52 minutes which effectively sealed St Finbarr's faith despite the fact that they had the gap back down to one three minutes later. But great defensive play and two points from Joanne Casey, who had gone off injured at half time and returned on 48 minutes, put Inniscarra through to their fifth final in a row.
Inniscarra started the brightest and by the seventh minute were four points to the good, by four different players.
St Finbarr's played two inside forwards and two outside, crowding midfield and their half back line. Initially with Rena Buckley standing alone between those two lines it looked like that could be a mistake but such was the intelligent delivery by their outfield players it was working a treat.
Once the Barrs settled they played some great hurling. Defensively they were superb and with the speedy inside full-forward duo of Rachel Myers and Orlaith Cahalane, the sides were level on 18 minutes.
Scores were hard to come by but that didn’t take from a highly competitive game as play swung end to end on a gloriously hot day. As predicted both defences were strong with the question of who was going to get more from their forward division.
It seemed as if the Barrs were making the most headway, showing great speed and creating that bit more space. Inniscarra were equal in their possession but overplayed it at times and ran into a St Finbarr's full-back line who were excellent.
The Barrs finished the half with two points to lead 0-6 to 0-5 and had the first two of the restart. But Inniscarra who were losing the battle in their half-forward line and midfield started to get a grip and hit three on the trot to level matters.
Finbarr's seemed to go more into defensive than attacking mode as they left Inniscarra with a free defender.
Good work by Casey to Ellen Murphy saw the latter surrounded but finish to the net and despite the Barrs efforts, Casey and Dilworth (45) kept the points ticking to give them a hard fought victory.
Scorers for Inniscarra: C Keane 0-1, E Murphy 1-2, J Casey 0-3, K O’Mahony 0-1, N Dilworth 0-3 (0-2 f 0-1 45), T McCarthy 0-1 St. Finbarrs: K McCarthy 0-4 (0-3 f), O Cahalane 0-3, R Myers 0-2, G O’Connor 0-2 (f).
INNISCARRA: S Walsh; R Quigley, R Buckley, A O’Regan; A Kavanagh, A Sheehan, R O’Mahony; J Casey, K O’Mahony; C Keane, C Ring, J Burke; E Murphy, N Dilworth, T McCarthy.
Subs: R Keane for J Casey (h-t inj), E O’Reilly for J Burke (h-t), J Casey for C Ring (48) St. Finbarrs: C Hurley; S Punch, A Egan, A O’ Neill; M Cahalane, G O’ Connor, L O’ Connell; A Shannon, R Finn; C Golden, K McCarthy, C Sargent; O Cahalane, E Olden, R Myers.
Subs: E Wiggin ton Barrett for E Olden (39), G Cahalane for C Sargent (47), E Ryan for R Myers (48), N Olden for C Golden (52).
Ref: Cathal McAllister - Aghada