Dublin Senior, Intermediate And U16A Camogie Squads All Bow Out Of Championship At The Group Stages
The Dublin Senior, Intermediate and U16A Camogie squads were all in All Ireland Championship action this weekend in their respective competitions.
Up first on Saturday was the Dublin seniors who faced Clare in Parnell Park in their final group game. There was nothing but pride for both teams to play for with both sides already eliminated from the All Ireland Championship.
Dublin headed into the game looking to secure their second win in the group and only their third win for the entire year.
They got off to a great start in the game with an early goal from Aisling Maher and two quick points and Dublin led by five. But Clare dominated the rest of the half to go in at the break to lead by 1-08 to 1-02.
Dublin again got off to a dream start in the second half and hit an unanswered 3-01 with the goals coming from Kerrie Finnegan, Orla Beagan and Sinead Wylde.
Frank Browne’s team led by two late in the game, but Chloe Morey halved the deficit and in injury time Orlaith Duggan grabbed a late equaliser and the game finished in a draw on a scoreline of Dublin 4-05, Clare 2-11.
The Dublin Intermediate Squad were also in action on Saturday as Dave Dunning’s side welcomed table-toppers Galway to Round Towers GAA Club in Clondalkin.
Dublin’s Intermediates were already out of the running for a place in the knockout stages, but with the management and squad only together a few weeks the plan has been to get the team performing and to blood some young new talent with an eye of giving the league and championship a right go next season.
That was certainly evident as Dunning started five minor players in his team including three debutants.
Galway were hot favorites going into the game but Dublin rattled their more experienced opponents and although the tribeswomen won by twelve in the end the final scoreline didn’t reflect the 60 plus minutes of action that had proceeded the final whistle.
Dublin led by two points to one early on and were causing Galway plenty of problems, but a goal from Mairead Dillon after 16 minutes gave Galway a bit of breathing space.
Dublin responded with two well struck frees from Cliodhna Nicolleti one of the five minor players that started the game. But a second goal late in the half from Ava Lynskey helped Galway take a nine point lead into the break with the score 2-07 to 0-04.
Galway extended their lead with two points after the break but Dublin rocked their opponents with a stunning goal scored by Aoife Whelan after a brilliant move involving seven Dublin players that swept the length of the pitch, if the goal had been caught by the TV cameras it would be a contender for goal of the season.
Galway though responded with three points in a row from Lisa Casserly, Tara Ruttledge and Karen Kennedy.
Back came Dublin, Aoife Whelan added a point to her stunning goal and in the next attack the Sky Blues were awarded a free about 25 yards out. Up stepped Alix Buckley and despite three Galway players on the line buried the ball to the back of the net.
The effort from Dublin took its toll in the final eight minutes and they faded in the closing stages with Galway taking full advantage scoring five points in a row to give a gloss to the final score.
It was harsh on Dublin but if they continue to improve as they have from match to match and get a good pre-season behind them they will be a serious threat next year.
The final team out this weekend were the Dublin U16A squad who travelled to the sunny southeast to take on Wexford with a place in the All Ireland semi finals at stake.
The permutations were simple whichever team won the game progressed to the knockout stages and the losers were out and left to wonder what might have been.
It was a highly competitive game between the two sides with plenty of high quality scores from both teams. Wexford though claimed the win by the narrowest of margins, Dublin finished with 15 points to their name but the three goals that Wexford scored during the contest secured a one point win and place in the All Ireland semi finals with the final score Wexford 3-07, Dublin 0-15.