Ms Doonan (PE Dept) writes:
We want to say a big congratulations to the U16 Camogie team who won the Junior D Ulster Camogie final yesterday. The game was played at Sherry Fields in Armagh against St Benedict’s from Randelstown in Belfast and the full time score was Loreto 4-3 and St Benedict 0-2.
From the first whistle the game was played at a fast and furious level and the nerves were showing in the first half as Loreto were very unlucky with numerous goal chances that went wide. Ciara Shalvey soon put an end to this scoring two goals in quick concession which Edel McDermot supported with a point. Michelle O’Rourke’s long range free sealed the lead before the half time whistle.
At half time Loreto were looking strong and St. Benedict had yet to score. However St. Benedict showed their determination in the second half and weren’t going to give up easily. A long time elapsed before either team got a score while a ferocious battle ensued for possession. After a lot of frustrating missed chances, Megan Denning ended the dry spell with two swift goals bringing the score to 4 goals and 2 points for Loreto. Edel McDermot soon followed with another point the final one of the game for Loreto. It wasn’t until the dying minutes of the game that St. Benedict got two token points.
It was an all round team performance that won the game for Loreto with every player fulfilling her role expertly. Michelle O’Rourke and Roisin O’ Rourke dominated midfield taking it in turns to push ahead to attack and drop back to defend. Ciara Shalvey and Megan Denning were the two top scorers and made the Randelstown defence’s job very difficult with their agility and movement on and off the ball. Amanda Collins was a strong force in the half forward line and played a big part is setting up many attacking plays. Laura Mc Kiernan was player of the game for Loreto stopping everything from getting past the Loreto half back line whilst also attacking up the wings and setting up scores for the forwards to finish off. Captain Emma Duffy was the constant and reliable presence on the half back line that lead the way for the rest of the Loreto backs. Nothing was getting past full back Aideen Coyle as time and time again she cleared the ball when under pressure particularly in the last minutes of the game.
Thi fantastic win will go down in history as it has been the first time that Loreto Cavan have won an Ulster Camogie final since 1977. We are very proud of everyone on the panel and the hard work and dedication at training every Wednesday at lunchtime has paid off. A special thanks must be given to coaches Claire Fitzpatrick, Edel Sexton and Lorraine O’Rourke who played a big part in leading the girls to victory.
(Photograph to follow).