Borrisokane C.C. Crowned All Ireland Champions At Second Time Of Asking.
Thursday, 30 March 2017
The young Junior camogie girls from Borrisokane Community College made no mistake on their second time of asking when they were crowned All-Ireland champions in glorious sunshine in St. Lachtain's GAA pitch in Freshford on Saturday evening last.
Very similar to the drawn game the previous week, it was nip and tuck throughout. However, the girls were better prepared this time around, didn't ease off the fuel after the interval, were more charged up for the game and bringing Sarah Leenane to full forward allowing Laura Shinnors more space out on the wing, was certainly a master stroke by their mentors.
Aine Slattery had Borris on the scoreboard within the minute of commencement but it wasn't long before Abbey launched an attack through Una Kinsella who struck low for goal but Borris custodian Ella Carey made a wonderful save against a low strong sun in her face. Afton Grace was fould in the follow up melee and she brought the sides level for the first time from the resulting free.
Aoibheann O'Meara was unlucky at the opposite end to see her chance at goal taken down by Abbey net minder Aoife Slattery and scrambled out for a 45 which Laura Shinnors sent over.
The desired Abbey goal came in the eight minute when Grace's free came off the uprights and back into play. The resulting pile up brought Abbey a free when their keeper Aoife Slattery was fouled, Caroline Kennedy controlled the dropping ball and Anna Malone and Una Kinsella worked hard in the forwards where Malone scrambled the ball to the net. Two pointed frees, Aine Slattery and Laura Shinnors and the sides were level for the second time on the 12th minute.
It looked as if the sides couldn't be separated as Afton Grace and Laura Shinnors traded points but a gigantic struggle from Aine Slattery as she struggled out of a pile up, managed the challenge of Kate Sheridan and Katie Larrissey and from a very difficult angle. drove the ball over to give the North Tipp school a slender lead.
Borrisokane held a lot of control in mid field where it really mattered and were was working very hard keeping plenty of ball to the forwards. The turning point was Laura Leenane's first of her two goals with three minutes to the break as she gave Borris a cushion for them to pull away and she followed up with a point to give her side double scores on the break as Borris lead 1-7 to 1-2.
The second half started at a frantic pace with marking very tight and chances at scores difficult due to the strong defending at both ends. Afton Grace split the upright's after seven minutes elapsed. It was eleven minutes later before Louise Torpey cancelled out and Borris held out for their five point lead.
A huge effort by Borrisokane to grab a third quarter goal came unstuck after Laura Leenane took hold of a Rachel Hannigan cross, but Abbey's Aine Phelan took control and the chance was gone.
Abbey's Afton Grace threw her side a life line though when she rattled the Borris net from a 30m free with eight minutes of normal time remaining.
Borris was finding it very difficult to get the ball back down field and visions of the drawn game emerged when Abbey was back in attack where Jane Rochford was fouled and Afton Grace left just one point separating the sides with two minutes of normal time on the clock.
Everyone thought extra time would be needed to separate two great hard working teams, as both sets of supporters were now roaring on their respective teams.
Abbey were mounting huge pressure on the Borrisokane back line as they needed that third goal but all six Borris backs were determined not to let anything through.
Borris was digging real deep now and Ella Carey between the uprights, made a great save as Afton Grace tried so hard to grab that last minute goal, but in a fine movement of play, corner back Bonnie Conroy cleared and centre back Mags Quigley sent a long high ball into the forwards where Laura Leenane took hold and under huge pressure she managed to offload to Laura Shinnors who with great skill and movement, side stepped Aine Phelan and gave net minder Aoife Slattery no chance as she rattled the Abbey net deep into injury time and to bring the Junior C All Ireland title back to the Borrisokane school to wonderful scenes of joyful tears.
Borrisokane CC: Laura Shinnors 1-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45), Laura Leenane 1-1, Áine Slattery 0-3, (0-1free), Louise Torpey 0-1.
Abbey CC: Afton Grace 1-4, (1-3 frees), Anna Malone 1-0.
Borrisokane CC: Ella Carey (Nenagh Eire Og), Bonnie Conroy (Kilruans/McDonagh), Katie Costello (Shannon Rovers), Aoife Sullivan (Kilruane/McDonagh), Ali Mulcahy (Kilruane/McDonagh), Mags Quigley, Capt (Toomevara), Mickela McGrath (Kilruane/McDonagh), Laura Ryan Toomevara), Sophie O'Neill - Reidy (Kilruane McDonaghs), Aine Slattery (Shannon Rovers), Laura Leenane (Shannon Rovers), Louise Torpey (Kilruane McDonaghs), Aoibheann O'Meara (Shannon Rovers), Sarah Leenane (Shannon Rovers), Laura Shinnors (Kilruane McDonagh). Subs: Rachael Hannigan (Shannon Rovers) for A. O'Meara, Catherine Tighe (Kilruane McDonaghs) for L. Torpey.
Abbey CC : Amy Leehane, Kate Sheridan, Aine Phelan, Ciara Atkins, Hannah Lacey, Laura Mulcair, Katie Larrissey, Caroline Kennedy, Capt., Una Kinsella, Danielle Mate Maher, Jane Rochford, Afton Grace, Ellen Kennedy, Emma Hewetson, Anna Malone. Subs - Aoife Slattery for A. Leehane, Róisín Guthrie for C. Kennedy, Eimear Larkin for A Malone.
Player of the match: Bonnie Conroy (Borrisokane Community College).
Referee: Liz Dempsey. (Kilkenny).
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