Dublin Senior Camogie Player in a sky blue jersey, navy skort and blue and yellow helmet breaks past a Clare player in a yellow and blue jersey, blue Skort and black helmet
Image Credit: ilivephotos

 

Dublin 1-07

Clare 0-07

 

The Dublin Senior Camogie squad secured their top flight status today with victory over Clare in their Littlewoods Ireland National Camogie League Division 1 game in Ennis.

In the greater scheme of things with a new squad under new management led by manager Frank Browne – the National Camogie League was always going to be a fact finding exercise for the management in terms of the players at their disposal for the championship, areas that needed work on and bedding in game plans and a style of play.

But as far as preparation for the championship is concerned playing in Division 1 of the league is vital -particularly in terms of the standard of the opposition that the Sky Blues face in their league group games, teams who will be potential opponents in the knock-out stages of the championship, hence the importance today for Dublin to secure their status in the division.

It was an early start today for the Dublin Senior Camogie squad with their game against Clare starting at 11.45am due to it forming part of a double-header in Cusack Park.

The early start and long journey though didn’t have any adverse effect on the team and they led at the break of what was a highly competitive but low scoring half by 0-05 to 0-04 with Sinead Wylde, Orla Beagan and Aoibhe Dillon on target for Dublin.

A goal four minutes into the second half from Aisling Maher after a surging run and clever pass from Siobhan Kehoe put Frank Browne’s side in the driving seat to claim the league points on offer.

Further points by Orla Beagan and Aoibhe Dillon kept Clare at arms length and they couldn’t close the gap managing just three points in the second half all scored by Chloe Morey and Dublin claimed the vital win.

Over the sixty plus minutes of play the girls from The Banner County only registered one point from play scored by Eimear Kelly and were reliant on converted frees from Morey for scores.

Although the Dublin Senior Camogie Squad didn’t make the semi finals of the Littlewoods Ireland National Camogie Leagues it’s been a good campaign for the new squad and new management.

Dublin outplayed reigning league champions Kilkenny for 50 minutes in their opening game, secured a draw against Offaly in a game they could have snatched at the end, produced a strong second half comeback against a very strong Limerick side that just came up short and of course today’s win over Clare.

Still a work in process there were plenty of positive and encouraging signs in this League campaign and with 10 weeks to go till the Leinster championship begins there is plenty of time for Frank Browne and his management team to tweak and improve things even further.

So plenty to be optimistic about for Dublin Camogie supporters ahead of what should be an exciting championship in the months ahead.

 

Dublin Scorers:

 

Aisling Maher 1-01 (1f)

Aoibhe Dillon 0-02 (1f)

Sinead Wylde 0-02

Orla Beagan 0-02

 

Clare Scorers:

 

Chloe Morey 0-06 (6f)

Eimear Kelly 0-01

 

Dublin Senior Camogie Team:

 

1. Faye Mc Carthy

Naomh Jude

 

2. Orla Gray

Na Fianna

 

3. Eve O’Brien

Na Fianna

 

4. Emma O’Byrne

Good Counsel

 

5. Dee Johnstone

St. Vincents

 

6. Aisling Carolan

St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh

 

7. Grainne Quinn

St. Vincents

 

8. Roisin Baker

Na Fianna

 

9. Aoibhe Dillon

Naomh Mearnóg

 

10. Evelyn Twomey

St. Vincents

 

11. Ali Twomey

Lucan Sarsfields

 

12. Kerrie Finnegan

Faughs Celtic

 

13. Emma Gray

Na Fianna

 

14. Aisling Maher

St. Vincents

 

15. Siobhan Kehoe

Naomh Fionnbarra

 

Dublin Panel:

 

16. Ali Maguire

St. Vincents

 

17. Alix Buckley

Skerries Harps

 

18. Ciara Carolan

St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh

 

19. Dara Cooke

Crumlin

 

20. Ellen McGovern

St. Vincents

 

21. Emma Flanagan

Lucan Sarsfields

 

22. Jessica McCelland

Lucan Sarsfields

 

23. Laura Twomey

Naomh Mearnóg

 

24. Muireanne Kelleher

St. Vincents

 

25. Niamh Rock

Na Fianna

 

26. Orla Beagan

Lucan Sarsfields

 

27. Sile Nic Coitir

Ballyboden St.Endas

 

28. Sinead Wylde

Cuala

 

29. Martha O’Donoghue

Ballyboden St. Endas

 

30. Alex Griffin

Na Fianna