Glen Rovers 2-18 Seandún 3-13 (after extra time)
FOR the second time over the weekend a senior camogie championship tie went to extra time, this a pulsating clash between Glen Rovers and Seandún at Castle Road.
With Glen Rovers looking like they would coast to victory at half time, leading by seven points and dominating play, they hung on by the skin of their teeth to push the game to extra-time after Seandún commanded the second half.
Seandún received a blow before the game when all St Vincent's players except Lauran Homan withdrew from the panel. And the Glen were masterful in the opening 30 minutes. By half time six players had found the scoreboard, five of the forwards and Emma Murphy from midfield.
Amy Lee made a good save from Katie Walsh to keep the gap respectable as Seandún struggled all over except for midfield where Susan Kate Brosnan was excellent.
Trailing by 1-7 to 0-3 on 20 minutes an own goal threw Seandún a lifeline after Susan Kate’s strike deflected to the net. Katie Walsh was causing havoc at right corner-forward and one wonders why Seandún didn’t make a change there.
The half time break affected both sides, Seandún in a positive way but the Glen slipped. It was all Seandún.
Glen scored just three points, one from play as the divisional side started to play with improved teamwork and confidence and they’ll rue a number of scoreable frees and 45s which would have seen them win this game in normal time.
Substitute Roisin De Faoite made an immediate impact when introduced on 36 minutes. She struck 1-1 to reduce the deficit to three. It was nip and tuck. Lisa O’Riordan made a great save from a Sinead Mills strike on 52, Homan hitting the rebound over the bar for the sides to draw level. Denise Luby (f) gave the Glen a one-point advantage before Mills levelled it again and we headed for extra time.
Considering the Glen scored just one point from play in that second half they more than made up for it in the first period of extra time. Emma Murphy shot out of the blocks with a great point. Michelle Murphy goaled for Seandún. Walsh and Luby (f) had the side’s level again. Katlyn Hickey pointed and then the outstanding Katie Walsh scored a goal fitting of any venue, a rasper beyond the advancing Amy Lee.
Hickey responded again leaving a point in it at half time of extra time. The Glen upped the momentum again for the last 10 minutes. Seandún became ragged and went into defensive mode clearing up field where Glen players were in abundance and one wonders why they had moved Lauren Homan back out the field thereby losing her scoring threat.
The Glen showed far more cohesiveness and calm when needed and when Tara McCarthy scored the only point of the second half on full time for the Glen to finish up two-point victors, hard-earned and well deserved.
Scorers for Glen Rovers: K Walsh 2-3, E Murphy 0-5, D Luby 0-5 f, N O'Riordan 0-2, N O’Brien, L Cunningham, T McCarthy 0-1 each.
Seandún: S K Brosnan 1-2, L Homan 0-4 (0-2 f), R De Faoite 1-1, M Murphy 1-0, S Mills, K Hickey 0-2 each, L O’Neill, H Ryan 0-1 each.
GLEN ROVERS: L O’Riordan; C O’Brien, K Falvey, C Martin; K O’Connell, L O’Sullivan, L Callanan; T McCarthy, E Murphy; N O’Riordan, L Cunningham, N O’Brien; K Walsh, D Luby, K O’Sullivan.
Subs: M Browne for N O’Brien (41K), A Wallace for K O’Sullivan (46).
SEANDÚN: A Lee (Na Piarsaigh; K O’Brien (Brian Dillons), A Dorgan (do), N O’Connor (Na Piarsaigh); L McKeogh (Blackrock), E Buckley (Na Piarsaigh), N O’Leary (Brian Dillons); K Hickey (Blackrock), S K Brosnan (Brian Dillons); E Sharpe (do), L Homan (St. Vincents), M Murphy (Blackrock); S Mills (Brian Dillons), L O’Neill (Bishopstown), H Ryan (Blackrock).
Subs: L Barry (Brian Dillons) for L McKeogh (h/t), R De Faoite (Blackrock) for L O’Neill (36), M Scannell (Bishopstown) for L Barry (61), C Rodgers (Brian Dillons) for S Mills (69).
Referee: Cathal McAllistar (Aghada).