Under 15 Camogie Team Edge Out Whitehall in Close Encounter
Erin Go Bragh 6-1
It was set up to be one hell of a battle between two evenly matched teams and so it proved in the final of the U15C Camogie Shield last Sunday morning between the hosts Erin Go Bragh and Whitehall Colmcilles. Whitehall made the brighter start and were 2 points up in the first few minutes. However Erin Go Bragh settled and responded with a Niamh Maher goal in the 6th minute. This settled the home team but no more scores were to arrive in the next 15 minutes due to some outstanding defending from both sides. However the next 2 scores were to come for the visitors with a point and a goal to put them 3 points clear. The first 25 minutes saw great skill on show with Aoife O'Sullivan plucking a few balls out of the clouds and resolute defending from Aoibhinn Burke, Amy Carroll, Leah Ivory, Anna and Jade Omotayo. There was also great goalkeeping on show from Gemma Padden. Then the EGB girls got on top in the middle with Ellen Gribben ,captain Keri Redmond and Amy Daly resulting in a Amy Flanagan bullet finding the back of the net and then Ellen Gribben firing over a super point. But the last score of the first half came from the Whitehall girls when a free found its way into the top corner of the net to leaving the half time score reading EGB 2-1 Whitehall 2-3.
The late goal conceded was a blow for the EGB girls but they knew they could win this game. It was set up for a rip roaring second half and so it proved. The EGB girls started the second half with great determination and great forward play resulted in 2 goals in the first 8 minutes. These were put away by Amy Flanagan and Niamh Maher from a free that she guided to the top corner of the net. There was also tremendous work from other forwards Rachel Murray, Aoibhe Kearney, Ellie Manning, Katie Kearney and Megan Owens. The EGB girls held a 4 point advantage coming into the final 10 minutes and should have been further ahead. But momentum seemed to swing with a few questionable referring decisions going against the EGB girls. The Whitehall came at the girls with everything they had. A point followed by a goal brought the sides level and the EGB girls were under pressure. Was extra time on the cards? There was only a few minutes left but pressure is only for tyres and the EGB girls stormed up the pitch to take the lead again with another rocket from hat-trick hero Amy Flanagan. But it wasn't over yet as Whitehall came back again and got a shot in that was parried by Gemma Padden only to be poked to the net by the Whitehall corner forward who was clearly in the square but the goal stood. With the sides level again and normal time nearly up Whitehall launched another attack but yet again Aoife O'Sullivan plucked the sliothar out of the clouds and launched an attack up the field. After a change to switch Megan Owens into defence and Jade Omotayo into the forwards it was left to Jade to put the ball in the net with the last puck of the game sealing victory for Erin Go Bragh. What a win and all credit to the EGB girls for playing to the end and having the belief to win it. Credit due to Whitehall who on another day may have won and contributed to a cracking game.