Vital interceptions late in the game from Louise O’Hara helped Erins Isle over the line to claim Intermediate 1 title
Erins Isle 1-14
Naomh Peregrine 2-10
Former Dublin senior star Louise O’Hara used all her guile and experience in the frantic closing minutes to help her team Erins Isle over the line to Intermediate 1 title in Abbotstown on Sunday afternoon.
In a Player of the Match performance O’Hara who was named in 2014 on the Dublin Camogie team of the decade (2005-2014) made some vital interceptions late in the game as Naomh Peregrine drove forward in search of an equaliser to bring the game to extra-time.
But with O’Hara erecting the stop signs in the Isles defence it wasn’t to be for the Blanchardstown outfit and it was the parish of Finglas who celebrated the title win by a single point.
There were plenty of stand out performers on both sides, Megan Thomas came off the bench midway through the first half and finished top score for Isles with 1-05.
Lynn Devoy proved to be a constant threat at corner forward for the Finglas outfit and teammate Gillian McCluskey proved a handful all game.
For Peregrines Christina O’Reilly was excellent at full back with timely interceptions and turnovers throughout the game to the frustration of the Isles forwards.
Niamh Heffernan was the standout midfielder in the game and finished the game with five points to her name. Rachel Brennan and Aoife Deegan were a handful all game and both found the back of the net.
And Lauren Goonan ran O’Hara close for the player of the match award with an eye catching display full of pace, incisive runs and accurate passing.
Erins Isle grabbed the first score of a tight first half in the opening minute with a converted free from Louise O’Hara.
Naomh Peregrine responded straight away with a fine point from play from midfielder Niamh Heffernan.
Isles though started to enjoy a purple patch of possession and a second converted free from O’Hara was followed by two excellent points from play from Lynn Devoy.
But twelve minutes in and Isles failed to clear a ball in their backline and Rachel Brennan pounced to bury the ball to the net to draw the sides level. A Lisa Sweeney point a minute later gave Peregrines the lead for the first time in the final.
Megan Thomas was introduced for Erins Isle off the bench in the 15th minute as a blood sub for Jasmine Lowe and seen her first two efforts just go inches wide.
But she found her range with her third effort to bring the teams level again, Louise O’Hara converted her third free to regain the lead for Isles and the lead was pushed out to two with a fine point from Kassie McEvoy.
With three minutes to go to the break Rachel Brennan added a point to put the bare minimum between the sides. But two minutes into first half injury time Jasmine Lowe struck the ball over the black spot to give Erins Isle a two point lead at the break with the score 0-08 to 1-03 and the destination of the Intermediate 1 title was still unknown.
Two minutes into the second half and the lead was reduced to one with a point from Aoife Deegan. Isles won a free in the next attack which Megan Thomas dispatched over the bar to once again leave two points between the teams.
But just as they had done in the first half Peregrines came roaring back and after some excellent work down the right from Lauren Goonan the ball was worked inside to Aoife Deegan who hit a rocket of a shot into the top of the net and the Blanchardstown outfit led by one.
There was no panic though from Erins Isle and an unanswered 1-02 from Megan Thomas, one from play, a converted free and a clinical finish to the net out Isles four in front.
The action continued at a frantic pace, a pointed free Niamh Heffernan and one from play Karen Boyle for Naomh Peregrine was replied in kind with a pointed free from Sarah Langan and one from play by Gillian McCluskey for Isles.
Lisa Sweeney reduced the deficit to three with a nice point and Isles were then punished for some ill discipline in the tackle as Niamh Heffernan converted three frees in a row to bring the side level with a minute left on the clock.
Peregrines pushed for the lead but a timely interception from Louise O’Hara drove Isles on the front foot which they won a free from which Megan Thomas converted to give Erins Isle a one point lead.
Naomh Peregrine tried desperately to grab an equaliser to bring the game to extra time but two late interceptions from O’Hara helped Erins Isle to hold on and claim the Intermediate 1 title.￼
Erins Isle Scorers:
21. Megan Thomas 1-05 (3f)
6. Louise O’Hara 0-03 (3f)
15. Lynn Devoy 0-02
11. Gillian McCluskey 0-01
9. Kassie McEvoy 0-01
14. Jasmine Lowe 0-01
20. Sarah Langan 0-01 (1f)
Naomh Peregrine Scorers:
8. Niamh Heffernan 0-05 (4f)
14. Racheal Brennan 1-01
21. Aoife Deegan 1-01
15. Lisa Sweeney 0-02
11. Karen Boyle 0-01
1. Chelsea Smith
2. Eabha Ball
3. Emma Quinn
4. Caoimhe O’Toole
17. Hannah Gaffney
6. Louise O’Hara
7. Lauren Patterson
8. Amie Trawally
9. Kassie McEvoy
10. Clare Poole
11. Gillian McCluskey
12. Jade Sullivan
13. Lauren Goonan
14. Jasmine Lowe
15. Lynn Devoy
Erins Isle Substitutions
21. Megan Thomas for 14. Jasmine Lowe (15, Blood Sub)
14. Jasmine Lowe for 17. Hannah Gaffney (26, Blood Sub)
20. Sarah Langan for 2. Eabha Ball (35)
23. Abbie Wilson for 14. Jasmine Lowe (41)
18. Robyn Lawlor for 10. Clare Poole (48)
1. Lauryn Campbell
2. Chloe Nolan
3. Christina O’Reilly
4. Niamh Mangan
5. Kayla Flood
6. Megan McCluskey
7. Deirdre Comerford
8. Niamh Heffernan
9. Aoife Heffernan
10. Dearbhla Lennon
11. Karen Boyle
21. Aoife Deegan
13. Aoife Coppinger
14. Racheal Brennan
15. Lisa Sweeney
Naomh Peregrine Substitutions
17. Louise Horgan for 2. Chloe Nolan (H/T)
Player of the Match: Louise O’Hara (Erins Isle)