Early goals key for Killeagh camogie team to advance past Ballygarvan

Early goals key for Killeagh camogie team to advance past Ballygarvan
Killeagh's Rachel Sheehan in action against Ballygarvan's Liadh Murphy in the SE Systems Senior Camogie Championship at Castle Road. Picture: Gavin Browne

Killeagh 2-14 Ballygarvan 1-9 

TWO first-half goals were crucial to Killeagh as they advanced to the quarter-final of the S E Systems Senior Championship at the expense of a spirited Ballygarvan side at Castle Road yesterday. 

With Chloe Sigerson contributing 1-11 of her side's tally over the hour Killeagh looked to be in a comfortable position as they led 2-10 to 0-7 at the interval but all credit to a Ballygarvan side, who dug deep despite playing out 22 minutes of the second half with 14 players after they lost defender Ellen O’Regan for a second yellow card. 

Through the second half they worked hard and outscored a Killeagh side, who had done all the damage in the opening half.

Hannah Looney and Chloe Sigerson had Killeagh had Killeagh off the mark with early points but Catriona Kelly was on target with two pointed frees to tie the sides inside ten minutes. 

Sigerson had added a point before she won possession and she offloaded superbly to the in-running Jess O’Shea who made no mistake finishing to the net for the games opening goal and at the water break, it was advantage Killeagh 1-5 to 0-3.

Killeagh's Emma Treacy clears the ball from Ballygarvan's Ciara O'Sullivan. Picture: Gavin Browne
Killeagh's Emma Treacy clears the ball from Ballygarvan's Ciara O'Sullivan. Picture: Gavin Browne

Chloe Sigerson converted two frees as Catriona Kelly replied with one but a second Killeagh goal on 22 minutes from Chloe Sigerson gave Ballygarvan a mountain to climb but they continued to work hard but they were over-reliance on Catriona Kelly for scores was costly.

Killeagh tacks on five points to Ballygarvan’s four before the half time whistle and on the restart the sides again traded points before Ballygarvan were reduced to 14 and were in trouble but all credit to them they battled on.

Jess O’ Shea added a point for Killeagh but a much tighter Ballygarvan defense were now holding their own and with Shannon Wynn denying Killeagh a goal from a penalty it gave them a huge lift as they drove downfield with Catriona Kelly pointing a free.

With six minutes remaining, Molly Kelleher struck for a superb Ballygarvan goal to cut the Killeagh lead but two pointed Chloe Sigerson frees saw Killeagh safely through to a quarter-final meeting with St Finbarr's. 

Killeagh's Aoife Walsh and Ballygarvan's Rachel Crowley. Picture: Gavin Browne
Killeagh's Aoife Walsh and Ballygarvan's Rachel Crowley. Picture: Gavin Browne

O’Keeffe will be confident they can go a step further in this championship.

Scorers for Killeagh: C Sigerson 1-11 (0-8 f), J O’Shea 1-1, L Looney, L Treacy 0-1 each.

Ballygarvan C Kelly 0-9 (0-7 f), M Kelleher 1-0.

KILLEAGH: S Beausang; E Treacy, A Walsh, N O’ Keeffe; L McEvoy, H Looney, C Daly; R Sheehan (c), C Barry; R Fogarty, L Treacy, C Harney; A O’Driscoll, C Sigerson, J O’Shea.

BALLYGARVAN: S Ahern; S Lyons, S Wynn, L Murphy; K Dorney, E O’Regan, SJ Brady; C O'Leary, M Buckley; T Crowley, C Kelly, C O’Sullivan; R Crowley O’Regan, M Kelleher.

Subs: A Finnegan for C O’Sullivan (56), N Lyons for L Murphy (56), M O’Donovan for R Crowley (56), S Quilligan for T Crowley, G Kelleher for T Crowley (58).

Referee: Michael O'Mahony (Kilbrittain/Timoleague).

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