Aisling O’Neill and Aoife Whelan star for Castleknock in Senior 2 final

Castleknock players celebrate with the cup after beating Naomh Mearnóg to claim the Senior 2 Camogie club championship

 

Castleknock 3-15
Naomh Mearnóg 0-02

 

Castleknock claimed the Dublin Camogie Senior 2 title yeasterday afternoon in Abbotstown with an emphatic win over Naomh Mearnóg.

Aisling O’Neill (Player of the Match) and Aoife Whelan were the stars up front for Castleknock accounting for 2-10 of the scoring total between them.

There were top class performances throughout the team and squad. Aisling Andrews came off the bench early in the second half and finished with 1-01 to her name.

Castleknock never allowed Naomh Mearnóg to build up any momentum and the few forays forward they did muster were repelled by the excellent Niamh Mulrooney and Cara Feeney.

Naomh Mearnóg just couldn’t contain the pace, work-rate, clever use of the ball and scoring power of a Castleknock side still full of running at the final whistle.

Two points from Aisling O’Neill gave Castleknock an early lead, Grainne Power replied with a point for Naomh Mearnóg in the seventh minute to reduce the deficit, but it was to be their only point of the half with Castleknock taking full control.

A converted free from Aisling O’Neill put two between the sides again, further points from Emma Diamond, O’Neill, Aoife Whelan and a second converted free from Aisling O’Neill stretched the lead to six with two minutes left in the half.

By the break the lead was out to nine points thanks to a great finish and goal from Aoife Whelan to leave the score at half-time 1-07 to 0-01.

Naomh Mearnóg needed to grab some early scores to get themselves back into this Senior 2 final but it was Castleknock who were quick out of the blocks with a converted 45’ from O’Neill and a well struck free from Molly O’Neill.

In the 37th minute Miriam Twomey scored Naomh Mearnóg’s second point of the game, it was to be their only other score in the game.

Another successful free attempt from Aisling O’Neill was followed seconds later by the games second goal excellently dispatched by substitute Aisling Andrews in the 44th minute.

Aoife Whelan and Aisling Andrews added further points and eight minutes from the full time whistle Whelan added her second goal and her sides third of the final.

The one way traffic continued to the end with substitutes Emma McMenamin and Bronagh Quinn getting their names on the score sheet and Aisling O’Neill scoring her eight point of the final and by the full-time whistle there was no denying Castleknock were deserving winners on the day and worthy Dublin Camogie Senior 2 club champions.

 

Castleknock Scorers

 

14. Aisling O Neill 0-08 (5f)

12. Aoife Whelan 2-02

20. Aisling Andrews 1-01

10. Emma Diamond 0-01

6. Molly O’Neill 0-01 (1f)

23. Emma McMenamin 0-01

21. Bronagh Quinn 0-01

 

Naomh Mearnóg Scorers

 

11. Grainne Power 0-01

8. Miriam Twomey 0-01

 

Castleknock

 

1. Eabha Mooney

2. Amy Mahony

3. Niamh Mulrooney

19. Lucy Quinn

5. Cara Feeney

6. Molly O’Neill

7. Ellen Baker

8. Caitlin Coffey

9. Ciara Golden

10. Emma Diamond

11. Louise Mahony

12. Aoife Whelan

13. Ciara Burgess

14. Aisling O’Neill

15. Ciara Murray

 

Castleknock Substitutions

 

20.Aisling Andrews for 11. Louise Mahony (36)

22. Emma Strappe for 15. Ciara Murray (38)

21. Bronagh Quinn for 13. Ciara Burgess (46)

18. Meabh Stynes for 2. Amy Mahony (52)

23. Emma McMenamin for 12. Aoife Whelan (52)

 

Naomh Mearnóg

 

1. Stef Carthy

2. Lauren Delaney

3. Laura Walsh

4. Catriona Power

5. Aoibhe Dillon

6. Laura Twomey

7. Aoife O’Connor

8. Miriam Twomey

19. Teegan Comber

10. Ciara Buchannan

11. Grainne Power

12. Ciara Holland

13. Leanne Walsh

14. Rosie Keneally

15. Ellie Kane

 

Naomh Mearnóg Substitutions

 

18. Grace Murray for 2. Lauren Delaney (31)

20. Aoife Kavanagh for 17. Leanne Walsh (33)

16. Grainne Skelton for 11. Grainne Power (45)

9. Amy Gleeson for 12. Ciara Holland (53)