Village Advance To County Decider

by on the 14th of October 2022

Shaw’s Department Store Intermediate Championship Semi Final

James Stephens 1-11
Mooncoin 1-8

By Amy Cody (Glenmore PRO Óg)

The second of the Intermediate Semi-Finals which was attended by a very large crowd again in the afternoon sunshine of Páirc Na Ratha.  

Both these teams met in the junior county final two years ago and it was a tight affair back then and last Sunday was no different. It was a hard, physical, tight game. Mooncoin’s Niamh Crowley got the opening point of the game. It didn’t take long for the village women to draw level, a point from play from Niamh Deely. Mooncoin who had just been promoted from Junior last year showed that they weren’t there just to make up a number. In response to the village equaliser, they went 3 ahead with 3 points in succession the pick of them from Deirdre Walsh with an outstanding free from way out the field. The Village don’t do panic and points from Sophie O’Dywer (2F) and Niamh Deeley brought the sides level for the second time by the quarter hour mark. Mooncoin goalie Ellen Crowley kept a clean sheet in the first half making some fine saves and keeping her team well in the game.  

 At the half time interval the teams were level 0-6 to 0-6 

 Dee Walsh hit first for Mooncoin with a pointed free early in the second half, but by the 2nd minute James Stephens had struck. A defensive mistake let the door open for a village attack and Niamh Deely dispatched the sliotar to the back of the net, the goal edge her side 2 points ahead. They say the best thing to after conceding a score is to get a score back yourself as quickly as possible. Mooncoin did just that not a minute had gone by since the Village goal when Mooncoin had the ball in the back of the net themselves. Some very nice work by the forwards saw the sliotar reach the hand of Niamh Crowley and she made no mistake with her shot.  That put Mooncoin back in the lead 1-7 to 1-6. James Stephens get chipping away and by the third quarter mark they had a 2 point lead thanks to scores from Sophie O’Dwyer (0-3, 1f). Dee Walsh reduced that margin to a single point a few minutes later to leave it 1-9 to 1-8 in favour of the village. James Stephens responded with three unanswered points Rachel Leahy, Ciara Delaney and Sophie O’Dwyer left the Village women with one foot in the county final. With 62 minutes on the clock, Mooncoin went on the attack. They had pushed Sarah Crowley up to the forwards to try and get a much-needed goal. Spud did get the ball after some great work by the defenders to turn over possession. She rounded a couple of defenders, she was heading for goal, just inside her was Laura Wall who was all on her own waiting to pounce if she received a good pass, the village defenders swarmed around Spud and forced a turnover as referee Liz Dempsey blew her whistle for a free out.  

The final whistle came shortly after and it was James Stephens who had advanced. It was an absolute thrilling game of Camogie and the large crowd would have loved to seen extra-time but it wasn’t to be. Mooncoin did themselves proud in the game against all the odds but the Village showed their experience and having lost last years decider to Barrow Rangers badly wanted to get back to the final again and they achieved that.  

 Final Score:- James Stephens 1-11, Mooncoin 1-8 


James Stephens: Lucy McGrath, Chloe Power, Emma Gaffney, Hannah Larkin, Emma Manogue, Aoife Cantwell, Hannah Scott, Michelle Teehan, Anna Doheny, Sophie O’Dwyer, Niamh Deely, Niamh Brennan, Ciara Delaney, Rachel Leahy, Caoimhe MoraN
Mooncoin: Ellen Crowley, Eimear Quilty, Niamh Madden, Marianne Walsh, Emily Crowley, Sarah Crowley, Mairead Corcoran, Laura Dillon-Dunphy, Niamh Fleming, Sarah Hayes, Deirdre Walsh, Roisin Crowley, Niamh Crowley, Laura Wall, Lauren Comerford  



James Stephens:-  Sophie O’Dwyer 0-07 (5F), Niamh Deeley 1-02, Ciara Delaney 0-01, Rachel Leahy 0-01
Mooncoin:- Deirdre Walsh 0-05 (3F), Niamh Crowley 1-01, Lauren Comerford 0-02 


Referee: Liz Dempsey (Thomastown)

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