Dublin’s Minor A Camogie Squad Get Off To A Winning Start In Leinster Campaign.
Dublin and Offaly squared off in the first group game of the Leinster Minor A Camogie championship today in a breezy but sunny Birr.
History has shown that there is little between these teams as they have battled frequently over the last number of years with very little ever between the sides, and today was certainly no different.
In the first half the young Dubs captained by Lucans Orla Beagan elected to play with the breeze in the first half. A tight tense affair ensued in the first ten minutes before Dublin got to grips with the game and by half time had opened up a half time lead of 0-9 0-5.
While captain Beagan had accounted for 0-7 of this tally, 0-5 were from frees which were earned by hard work within the forward unit. Offaly’s captain Rachel Brennan was showing real signs of danger throughout and Mairead Jennings was keeping the Offaly score board ticking over with some fine points.
The second half started with a bang for Offaly who scored a point almost immediately and the ever threatening Brennan levelled things up with a goal which Dublin keeper Faye McCarthy almost denied.
Offaly then took control with Roisin Egan, Christine Cleary and centre back Aisling Brennan really stepping up for the midlanders. In fact if it wasn’t for the heroic defending of Niamh Byrne, Anne Marie Courtney and in particular Hannah Hegarty, Offaly could, and should have been out of sight.
However , this particular group of Dublin players have a real never say die attitude and plugged away with a well earned point from Orla Beagan, to put a goal between the teams as we approached full time. The next Offaly attack was foiled by Boden’s Zenouska Murphy and from the resultant play a breaking ball was swept to the net from substitute Laura Morrissey. All square !!!
As the game entered injury time, Dublin could be forgiven for settling for a draw, but no, up stepped Beagan again who raided the right flank and supplied a pin point pass for Amy Conroy to slam to the net. 2 minutes into injury time surely the winner? but their was to be one more play from Offaly.
From the puckout Offaly charged through the defence, they worked the ball to the 21 were the Offaly forward found herself on the ground without a defender near her, to the disbelief of the away side a free in was awarded.
Dublin packed the line and Faye McCarthy was at hand to save the shot and the very brave Blaithin McQuillan flung herself in front of the rebound and received a very nasty bang, but that was to be the last action of the game.
The Dublin management were full of praise afterwards but also, very very relieved . It was a game that Dublin will be delighted they won thanks to their own version of the late late show, although they are very realistic that Offaly probably deserved something from the game.
Next up is Wexford on Sunday 31st August at a Dublin venue. We will have confirmation of time and venue as soon as it becomes available.
Dublin – Orla Beagan 0-8 (0-5f) , Laura Morrissey 1-0 , Amy Conroy 1-0, Martha O’Donoghue 0-1, Zenouska Murphy 0-1
Offaly – Rachel Brennan 1-2, Mairead Jennings 0-5 (0-5f) , Roisin Egan 0-2 , Grainne Dolan 0-1