Dublin Camogie’s U16’s put in a scintillating display this afternoon to shoot the lights out against Offaly in the Leinster championship.
It was one of the best performances seen from a Camogie side from the Capital in recent times. The defending from back to front was superb with Offaly not given a second on the ball and the hooking blocking and dispossessing by the Dublin players was a joy to behold.
The attack from the Dublin U16’s throughout was inventive and clinical, passing was sharp, accurate and intelligent and the skills displayed by individual players and as a collective was breathtaking.
Dublin dominated from the throw-in and by the midway point of the half led by five with points from Ashling O’Neill and Ellie Young with a pair apiece and one from Roisin Ni Chathasaigh.
Offaly were struggling to both stem the flow of ball towards their own goal and make an impact up front.
A excellent move that started in the backline was buried to the back of the net by Eile O’Ceallaigh. A point from Ashling O’Neill her third of the half in the 27th minute was followed seconds later with a second goal for Dublin this time it was Ellie Young who rippled the Offaly net.
Two more points in injury time from Eile O’Ceallaigh and Ashling Gannon gave Dublin a 14 point lead at the break with the score 2-08 to no score.
Offaly finally registered their first score of the game just after the break with a converted free from Clodagh Leahy.
But the Dublin U16’s just got straight back into their rhythm and rattled off the next four points from Ashling O’Neill with two and one apiece from Lucy Quinn and Ashling Gannon.
The game was put to bed in the 48th minute when substitute Emma Diamond scores Dublin’s third goal with her first touch seconds after her introduction.
As the one way traffic continued to points in the space of a minute from Ellie Young and Ashling Gannon stretched the Dubs lead even further.
Another converted free this time from Orlaigh Phelan secured Offaly’s second score of the match.
As the game head ever closer to the final whistle the sides swapped a pair of points each, Ellie Young who impressed all afternoon hit her fourth and fifth points of the game to finish as Dublin’s top scorer with 1-05.
A point from Clodagh Leahy was Offaly’s third point and first from open play and a converted free from Orlaigh Phelan completed the scoring and Dublin ran out comfortable and deserving 21 point winners.
14. Ellie Young 1-05 (1f )
15. Ashling O’Neill 0-05
13. Eile O’Ceallaigh 1-01
11. Ashling Gannon 0-03
19. Emma Diamond 1-00
9. Roisin Ni Chathasaigh 0-01
25. Lucy Quinn 0-01
10. Clodagh Leahy 0-02 (1f)
12. Orlaigh Phelan 0-02 (2f)
1. Eabha Mooney
2. Ellie Doran
3. Sinead Rogers
4. Lily Rooney
5. Caitriona McMahon
6. Claire Gannon
7. Niamh Crowley
8. Lauren Dawson
9. Roisin Ni Chathasaigh
10. Ellie O’Connor
11. Ashling Gannon
12. Phoebe Shannon
13. Eile O’Ceallaigh
14. Ellie Young
15. Ashling O’Neill
26. Millie Reid for 2. Ellie Doran (HT)
18. Teagan Comber for 13. Eile O’Ceallaigh (34)
25. Lucy Quinn for 10. Ellie O’Connor (40)
19. Emma Diamond for 9. Roisin Ni Chathasaigh (46)
17. Robyn Buckley for 3. Sinead Rogers (56)
1. Caoimhe Kinsella
2. Hannah Riley
3. Aoibhe Kennedy
4. Jenny Bracken
5. Eimear Maher
6. Kerri Leonard
7. Caoimhe Darcy
8. Sinead Hanemy
9. Grace Leonard
10. Clodagh Leahy
20. Lauren Leonard
12. Orlaigh Phelan
13. Shauna Byrne
14. Ava Maloney
15. Denise O’Connor
18. Aoife O’Regan for 8. Sinead Hanemy (HT)
21. Marie Cantwell for 20. Lauren Leonard (HT)
19. Rachel Dillon for 9. Grace Leonard (38)
17. Sarah Doherty for 5. Eimear Maher (41)