Heartbreak for Inniscarra in the All-Ireland semi-final

Heartbreak for Inniscarra in the All-Ireland semi-final
Inniscarra's Rena Buckley is swarmed by St Martin's players. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

St Martin’s 0-11 Inniscarra 0-5

HEARTBREAK for Inniscarra as they lost out to St Martin’s in the AIB All-Ireland senior camogie semi-final in Waterford yesterday.

Overall there can be no complaints as they were beaten by a better side on the day, but with five Wexford inter-county players in their starting line-up, this was always a tough ask for the Cork side.

That said they would have been happy at half-time when having played against the wind they were only a point down and looked to be in a good position to drive on.

The half-time score caused some confusion as all in the ground had it at 0-5 to 0-4, but the ref first told them it was 0-5 apiece. As the teams came back out for the second-half he informed them, to his credit that Martin’s were a point up and the scoreboard was changed to reflect this.

But luck wasn’t on Inniscarra’s side as the strong wind died in the second-half and instead it was their opponents who drove on, took the game to the Cork side and once they stretched their lead early on, never looked back.

Inniscarra will be disappointed with that half and perhaps a bit of frustration crept into their play as all of Martin’s six second-half scores were all from frees, as they only responded with a single point of their own.

Key to that half for the winners was the cool head of Mags Darcy in goal and when one or two long balls were played in she cleared the danger, using her years of experience to quell any danger.

Outside of her, Katie O’Connor had an outstanding game at centre-back as time after time she stopped Inniscarra from getting anywhere near the goal.

For their part, Caitlin Looney, Katie O’Mahony and Ellen Murphy tried hard for Inniscarra but overall they were no match for the Wexford side, particularly in the second-half.

Foxe opened the scoring for Martin’s, from a free, with Niamh Dilworth responding from the breakdown after a penalty.

Niamh McCarthy was bearing down on goal and she was fouled, with Dilworth’s effort from the penalty stopped on the line by Noeleen Lambert, but Dilworth put the breaking ball over the bar.

Aileen Sheenan put them in front before Lettie Whelan has the sides level again.

Linda Bolger put the Wexford side in front, but credit to Inniscarra who were well in contention, despite playing against the strong wind.

Foxe pointed another free, to make it 0-4 to 0-2, with Dilworth on target from a 45 to make it a one-point game again.

A great score from Ellen Murphy has the sides level, with four minutes left in the half, but a late point from Foxe, saw Martin’s lead 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time.

The start of the second half was all St Martin’s with Foxe pointing two early frees to increase their lead. Credit to them they hardly left Inniscarra into their half of the pitch for the first 15 minutes of the second half, as they were dominating all over the pitch.

Two more from Foxe in that 15-minute spell has them well in control, 0-9 to 0-4, as the game was slipping away from Inniscarra.

A quick free from Sheehan saw Murphy pull a point back for them, but again St Martin’s responded with two late frees from Foxe to see them through to the final, which overall they deserved on the day.

Scorers for St Martin’s: C Foxe 0-9 (0-8 f), L Whelan, L Bolger 0-1 each.

Inniscarra: E Murphy, N Dilworth 0-2 each, A Sheehan 0-1.

St MARTIN’S: M Darcy; L Carty, N Lambert, MC Morrissey; A Ennis, K O’Connor, A O’Connor; C O’Connor, E O’Connor; A Cardiff, L Bolger, C Foxe; E Codd, M Barrett, L Whelan.

Subs: L Carty for A O’Connor, L Firman for M Barrett, A Ryan for E Codd.

INNISCARRA: S Walsh; A O’Regan, C Looney, R Quigley; R O’Mahony, R Buckley, J Burke; A Sheehan, K O’Mahony; R Keane, N Dilworth, E Looney; T McCarthy, N McCarthy, E Murphy.

Subs: C Keane for J Burke, M Buckley for T McCarthy, L Hayes for E Murphy.

Ref: Owen Elliot, Antrim.

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