A pair of goals in either half helped Dublin Intermediates end their championship campaign with a well deserved win

Dublin’s Aoife Deegan in action against Carlow’s Mairead O'Shea, Dublin won the game by eight points to end their championship campaign on a high note and secure their Intermediate status for next season.
Dublin’s Aoife Deegan in action against Carlow’s Mairead O’Shea, Dublin won the game by eight points to end their championship campaign on a high note and secure their Intermediate status for next season.

Dublin 4-11

Carlow 2-09

Dublin’s Intermediate Camogie squad secured and eight point win to end their championship campaign on a high note, the win secured the Dubs Intermediate status for next season.

Dave Dunning’s young side were well worthy and deserving of the win after a dominant display against a competitive Carlow side in the Trinity Sports Centre in Santry.

A pair of goals in each half helped Dublin along the way to victory and all bar two points of the Sky Blues total of 4-11.

Dublin’s Aoife Deegan was the standout player in the game and her top notch performance was rewarded with two fine points. Others to catch the eye for the Dubs were Ellen Dunphy, Siobhan Kehoe, Niamh Comerford and Niamh Gleeson.

The Dubs got off to the perfect start when Ciara Holland flashed the ball to the net after some good build-up play. The lead was extended further with a fine point from midfielder Ellen Dunphy and a converted free from Niamh Comerford.

Carlow finally grabbed their first score of the game in the 12th minute with a pointed free from Eleanor Treacy. A minute later some poor decision making in the Dublin defence allowed Katie Garry Murphy pounce and slot the ball to the net for Carlow’s opening goal of the contest.

Dublin’s response though was emphatic with three points in as many minutes to nullify the impact of the Carlow goal, the Dublin points coming from Niamh Comerford with two, one from play and one from a free and Siobhan Kehoe.

Dunning’s side were dominating possession but four wides in a row kept Carlow in touch with Dublin. Siobhan Kehoe ended the misfiring spell with an excellent point with seven minutes to go to the half time break.

That though was Dublin’s last score before the short whistle and Carlow reduced the deficit with a pointed free from Eleanor Treacy and a point from play from Caoimhe Coady to leave the half-time score 1-06 to 1-03.

Dublin once again, as they had in the first half grabbed an early goal, Siobhan Kehoe struck a shot towards the Carlow goal, it looked to be of little concern as the Carlow keeper left her goal-line to clear the ball, but she completely missed the ball and it rolled into the back of the net.

In fairness to Carlow they then had their best spell of the match and scored 1-02 without reply. A pointed free from Eleanor Treacy was followed in the 34th minute with Katie Garry Murphy punishing some sloppy play in the Dublin defence to score her second goal of the game.

And when Eleanor Treacy seconds later showed she was just as adept at taking points from open play as she was from dead ball strikes there was just the bare minimum between the teams.

Another excellent point from Dublin’s Ellen Dunphy pushed the lead out to two and moments later disaster struck for Carlow when Ciara Quirke already on a yellow card received a second yellow and subsequent red for a strike to the head of Niamh Comerford.

Midfielder Ellen Dunphy swung over another classy point from play, Carlow’s Eleanor Treacy continued to punish any ill discipline from Dublin with a well struck free as the game moved towards the second half water break.

In the 44th minute player of the match Aoife Deegan whipped over her first point of the game, Dublin won the resultant puck-out and the ball was played out to Siobhan Kehoe on the left, the Naomh Fionnbarra player strode forward with the ball and buried it to the net.

Two Eleanor Treacy converted frees reduced the deficit, but the game was wrapped up with nine minutes left on the clock as Dublin scored their fourth goal finished to the net by Ciara Holland after some excellent build-up play.

With four minutes to go Carlow’s corner forward Rachel Sawyer got her name on the scoresheet with a nice point. But it was left to two of Dublin’s stand out performers to have the last day with Aoife Deegan and Niamh Comerford flashing over two stunning points.

Seconds later the full-time whistle was blown and Dublin could celebrate a well deserved win.

Although Dublin’s Championship campaign ended at the group stages this season was the first at adult level for most of what is a young squad.

Seventeen players made the adult Championship debuts this season and that experience will be of huge benefit for those young players for next season.

Dublin Scorers

 

13. Siobhan Kehoe 2-02

15. Ciara Holland 2-00

11. Niamh Comerford 0-04 (2f)

9. Ellen Dunphy 0-03

10. Aoife Deegan 0-02

 

Carlow Scorers

 

9. Eleanor Treacy 0-07 (6f)

21. Katie Garry Murphy 2-00

14. Caoimhe Coady 0-01

15. Rachel Sawyer 0-01

 

Dublin

 

1. Dara Cooke

2. Kerri Milne

3. Lauran Robinson

4. Rachel Seery

5. Niamh Heffernan

6. Ciara Buchanan

7. Niamh Gleeson

8. Caitlin Coffey

9. Ellen Dunphy

10. Aoife Deegan

11. Niamh Comerford

12. Aoife Heffernan

13. Siobhan Kehoe

14. Nicola Thorne

15. Ciara Holland

 

Dublin Substitutions

 

18. Rachel Dolan for 4. Rachel Seery (HT)

21. Cara Feeney for 2. Kerri Milne (HT)

23. Sarah Fenlon for 14. Nicola Thorne (45)

20. Anna Sullivan for 12. Aoife Heffernan (64)

 

Carlow

 

1. Chantelle Kelly

2. Rachel Breen

3. Niamh Canavan

4. Shannon Kavanagh

5. Kate Nolan

6. Emma Cody

7. Mairead O’Shea

8. Ciara Kavanagh

9. Eleanor Treacy

10. Anna Breen

11. Ciara Quirke

12. Eve Sinnott

19. Ali Cushen

14. Caoimhe Coady

21. Katie Garry Murphy

 

Carlow Substitutions

 

18. Rebecca Sheehan for 7. Mairead O’Shea (50)

13. Catherine Kavanagh for 12. Eve Sinnott (50)

15. Rachel Sawyer for 19. Ali Cushen (52)

20. Aoife Carroll for 4. Shannon Kavanagh (58)