Prendergast fires the Boro past old rivals Piltown
by PRO on the 18th of October 2023
Michael Lyng Motors Senior Camogie Semi Final
Sat 14 October – Thomastown GAA.
By Jason O’Brien, Piltown PRO
Dicksboro corner forward Aoife Prendergast scored 0-07 as she helped her club get over the line and into another Senior County final at the expense of their big rivals Piltown on a chilly, but sun-drenched Saturday afternoon in Thomastown GAA club.
These two teams never fail to entertain when they meet and once again that was the case in front of a big crowd, where they did battle beside the Castle for 60 odd minutes in a match that was full of incident, full blooded tackling and excellent score taking.
Referee Conor Everard threw the ball in and battle commenced, with Katie Power getting the ball in hand, ran through and placed the ball over the black spot in the second minute. Piltown had the strong breeze that was blowing towards the dressing room, with the sun shining from behind the stand across the pitch. On the pitch, Aoife Prendergast was standing over her first opportunity of a score and she made no mistake to draw it level in the fourth minute, she repeated the feat one minute later as once again the Piltown defence committed a foul within scoring range.
Katie Power matched the Boro forwards tally with her second point and then Piltown went ahead as Aoife Doyle struck one over the bar from play. Once again, another foul, another free, another point as the Boro number 13 Prendergast made it 3 from 3 for her after 10 mins. Orla Hanrick then got her first of the day as she scored a fine point from outside the 21 as she got some space and put the ball over Aoife Norris’s crossbar. 21 minutes gone and Aine Doyle grabbed a point from a central position. Piltown were now getting frees in scorable positions, but the breeze went against Piltown and took one free to the left and then one to the right to maintain Dicksboro’s one point advantage. Heather Phelan scored a free after Katie Power was dragged down, and again the same taker pointed a free after a foul on Emer Long. Boro captain Jenny Clifford then made her presence felt as she got a point from the right-hand side.
Piltown had the breeze, but the Boro had Prendergast, and she put another of the 6 frees conceded by Piltown in the first half over the bar to make it level again. Amy Clifford got free on the right side, took aim and fired her first shot in anger at the Piltown, it was accurate and it went over the bar in the 29th minute to regain the lead. But the half wasn’t over yet, Kellyann Doyle strode out from the half back line, looked up and placed the ball in Katie Powers hand on the Boro 45yd line, Power twisted, turned and got away from Niamh Phelan and headed for goal, she took aim and fired a bullet to the back of Kirsty Mahers net as she did in the League Final two weeks ago. The roar that erupted in the full stand wasn’t after dying down when ref Everard blew the whistle for half time.
Piltown 1-06 Dicksboro 0-07
The Boro were back out first, they were behind but they now had the breeze. Piltown came back out and got into position for a battle they knew they were now in. No quarter asked or given as the tackles were flying in and the free count was similar to the first half. Piltown missed three frees from the left side as they dropped or just went wide and those chances were becoming vital as the Boro upped their intensity and effort to try get back into the game.
Aoife Prendergast opened the scoring in the second half in the 37th minute with her fifth free of the game, as Piltown were getting forced deeper and deeper into their half by the sheer force of the Boro attack , Alanna Gallagher and Kellyann Doyle and Emily McCarthy were having a battle Royale with Asha McHardy , Aobha OGorman and Rachel Dowling as they put hurley and body in harms way to tackle and block their marker. Down the other end of the pitch Niamh Culleton got a lovely point as she picked up a breaking ball and put it over Mahers head and crossbar.
Boro were on top, but still behind on the score board until, guess who? Yes, Aoife Prendergast once again rose the white flag, this time from play and then from a free to level the match in the 48th minute. The fact that there were only 4 scores in the first 18 minutes of a semi final will tell you how tense this was.
But now the undoubted class that the Boro team possess came to the fore despite the Piltown team leaving it all on the pitch, no regrets, no lack of effort, sheer doggedness and determination, even with all that against them. Dicksboro went ahead through Amy Clifford in the 50th minute. Piltown huffed and puffed but could not break down the Boro defence. They had a few half chances, but unfortunately, they drifted wide or fell short and were cleared. Amy Clifford got her third, and the final point of the match in the 55th minute to make the final score
Scorers: – Piltown – Katie Power 1-2, Heather Phelan 0-2 (2f), Niamh Culleton, Aine Doyle, Aoife Doyle 0-1 each
Dicksboro – Aoife Prendergast 0-7 (6f), Amy Clifford 0-3, Orla Hanrick, Jenny Clifford 0-1 each
Piltown – Aoife Norris, Lorraine Long, Kellyann Doyle, Jenni O’Dea, Emer Long, Laura Norris, Emily McCarthy, Aoife Doyle, Katie Power, Aine Doyle, Alanna Gallagher, Ellen O’Keeffe, Sophie Holden, Heather Phelan, Sinead McCarthy
Subs – Niamh Culleton, Maire Beth Kirby, Karen Duggan, Alice Talbot, Chloe Power, Leah Cooney, Stacey O’Brien, Edel Long, Nicola Phelan, Ciara Dunne, Lorna O’Shea, Rachel O’Shea, Sarah Norris, Lisa Norris, Chloe Holden, Katelyn Phelan, Sophie Long, Aoife O’Shea
Dicksboro – Kirsty Maher, Jane Cass, Tara Clifford, Katie Byrne, Niamh Phelan, Caoimhe Dowling, Tara McGrath, Ciara Phelan, Ciara O’Shea, Asha McHardy, Aobha O’Gorman, Rachel Dowling, Aoife Prendergast, Amy Clifford, Jenny Clifford
Subs – Orla Hanrick, Niamh O’Donoghue, Danielle Kenny, Bronagh Doheny, Sarah O’Gorman, Caoimhe Carroll, Angela Carroll, Rose Kelly, Aisling Browne, Orlaith Moore, Emer Phelan, Becky Peters, Sinead Carroll, Eva Healy, Issey Carroll, Isabel Roberts, Rachael Egan, Isabelle Fahy, Isabelle Egan, Kate O’Neill, Lucinda Gahan
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