Free-scoring Clara roar into Championship Quarter Finals

by on the 26th of August 2020

Marble City Travel Kilkenny Senior Camogie Championship – Sunday, 23rd August 2020

Clara 4-19 St Brigid’s 1-6

Clara progressed to the Marble City Travel Senior Championship Quarter Final after turning on the scoring style against St Brigid’s

Clara wasted little time in getting going, opening their account within the 1st minute, when Mary O’Connell split the posts with a lovely point.

Even better was to follow as with their next attack, they grabbed their first goal. Grainne Glynn raised the green flag after she unleashed an unstoppable shot past the St Brigid’s goalkeeper.

It was all one way traffic for Clara and in the 3rd minute, Mary O’Connell slotted over another point for Clara. Siobhan Curtis & O’Connell tacked on a point a piece for Clara before Eimear Keoghan opened St Brigid’s account in the 16th minute with a pointed free that left the score at Clara 1-4 St Brigid’s 0-1

On Front Foot

The winners remained on the front foot and strengthened their grip on the game in the 22nd minute. Playing a ball up from defence, Mary O’Connell passed it out to Siobhan Curtis, who played it onto Keara Ryan, who blasted the ball into the net.

Grainne Glynn added another goal to her tally in the 24th minute, before Emma Shortall and Eimear Keoghan traded points. Mary O’Connell added her fourth point of the first half in the 29th minute, before Emma Shortall finished the first half, rifling the sliotar past the St Brigid’s goalkeeper to leave the interval score 4-6 to 0-2 in Clara’s favour

On the resumption of play, St Brigid’s were fist to score when they were awarded a free. Eimear Keoghan hit a shot free to Laura Hennessy and she slotted it over the bar

However, once Clara picked up they proceeded to score the next four points. In the 32nd minute, Mary O’Connell added a point. Emma Shortall added a point from play after a clearance from Tamsin English in defence, found Emma in space before Mary O’Connell & Siobhan Curtis added further points in the 34th & 35th minute.

Eimear Keoghan stopped the rot in the 36th minute with a pointed free before Mary O’Connell (C) & Laura Hennessy then swapped points. Eimear Keoghan scored a pointed free for St Brigid’s which was sandwiched between points from O’Connell and Grainne Glynn

Clara then added another four points between the 43rd & 58th minute, the scoring run coming through Emma Shortall, Mary O’Connell (2) & Margaret O’Connell

St Brigid’s didn’t give up and got some reward when Marie Doheny hit a powerful shot past the Clara goalie to give her side a 59th minute goal.

However, Clara were determined to have the final say. Niamh Byrne added another pointed free for Clara while Mary O’Connell closed out the scoring with her 11th point, to leave the final score Clara 4-19 St Brigid’s 1-6

Clara – Mary O’Connell (0-11, 2f), Grainne Glynn (2-1), Emma Shortall (1-3), Keara Ryan (1-0), Siobhan Curtis (0-2), Margaret O’Connell (0-1), Niamh Byrne (0-1, 1f)

St Brigid’s – Eimear Keoghan (0-4, 4f), Marie Doheny (1-0), Laura Hennessy (0-2)

Clara – Lisa Kehoe, Margaret Kehoe, Aine McDonald, Katie Ryan, Tamsin English, Aisling Curtis, Claire Nolan, Aisling Nolan, Rebecca Nolan, Keara Ryan, Siobhan Curtis, Mary O’Connell, Emma Shortall, Niamh Byrne, Grainne Glynn

Subs – Margaret O’Connell for Keara Ryan, Rachel Whelan for Katie Ryan, Leah Phelan, Laoise Nolan, Ciara Treacy, Anna Walpole, Dianamh Phelan, Aoife Treacy, Aoife Glynn, Roisin Kealy

St Brigid’s – Miriam Walton, Ann Doheny, Katie Brennan, Isabel Caldbeck, Reece Delaney, Nicola Butler, Laoise Prenderville, Laura Hennessy, Orla Ryan, Margaret Maher, Tara Ronan, Caoimhe Murphy, Leah Brett, Marie Doheny, Eimear Keoghan

Subs – Sarah Dunphy for Eimear Keoghan, Roisin Casey for Laoise Prenderville, Emma Boland, Anna Robinson, Ellie O’Neill, Molly Butler, Sarah Harrison, Celine O’Dwyer, Therese Purcell, Aoibhe Murphy, Caragh Keating, Abby O’Keeffe, Tara Walsh, Claire Quigley, Niamh O’Connor, Kate McCluskey

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