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Borrisokane hearts broken in replay

Thursday, 1 March 2018

IN A real heartbreaking finish in a tough camogie replay, Castlecomer Community School just got the better of battling Borrisokane in another thrilling contest when the sides met on Friday last in Cohany GAA pitch in Jenkinstown.

Castlecomer Community School ...1-8
Borrisokane Community College ...2-4

After their drawn game the previous week-end in Borrisokane, the two sides provided another terrific contest with great scores, great saves and a never say die attitude from either side as both left all their energy on the pitch.

They were level at half time and with just minutes remaining to the final whistle, it looked as if the game would go to extra time as Borrisokane fought back in the hope of bringing the sides level, but despite playing two minutes of extra time, the sound of the referee's whistle brought agony and disappointment for the visitors.

The biggest gap between the sides was the opening goal and that was only for a short time so close were the sides throughout.

A fifth minute penalty awarded to the home side saw them off to a great start as Grace Mulhall stuck the ball in the back of the Borrisokane net.

In the bitterly cold strong wind that swirled across the pitch, Louise Torpey had the sides level nine minutes later after Aine Slattery dropped a free in the goalmouth and Torpey worked hard to ease it over the line.

The visitors built on this effort with Laura Leenane driving back in and over a well taken free as the first quarter ended while Aine Slattery won the dropping ball and sent back in and over.

The marking was tight and while there were fine skills on display, unfortunately there was a lot of pile ups and far too little fluency in play. Grace Mulhall had the sides level on 1-2 apiece at half time, with a point from play and just three minutes after she landed a well taken free from out the field showcasing her accuracy from placed balls.

Both sides missed chances early in the second half when the ball was dropped to the forwards but both sets of backs were on top, with Bonnie Conroy in particular having another great game for Borrisokane as she cleared and saved time and again.

The strong wind too had changed direction and favoured the home side who piled on the pressure on the Borrisokane backs. Sarah Smyth and Caoimhe Hennessy were running through the Borris backline which resulted in unwelcome frees which Mulhall struck over with perfect accuracy, two coming within five minutes of each other. Castlecomer depended a lot on Mulhall and she passed the test with flying colours.

Anna Harding's 37th minute goal was a beauty as she beat off stiff defending to get her hurl to the ball and worked it over the line. The build up saw great passages of play too between Rachel Hannigan, Sarah Hough and Aine Slattery before Laura Leenane drove the ball to the forwards and Harding came out celebrating her side's one point lead.

The slender lead didn't last long however as Mulhall had the sides level for the third and final time on the 39th minute.

Borrisokane were unlucky too when Laura Shinners dropped a free into the goalmouth in an effort at goal but Shannon Conroy came away and cleared out field where a further free gave Mulhall the chance to put Castlecomer back out in front. Mulhall (free) and Laura Leenane (play) traded scores as both sides dug deep with Mulhall's 51st. minute placed ball giving her side a two point lead.

It was anyone's game and there was plenty of time left as Borrisokane swung back into attack and holding most of the possession they heaped on the pressure with Aine Slattery dropping a free to the forwards where it was tossed and turned before it was eventually worked out wide and a great chance was lost.

Borrisokane dug deep and attacked again through Laura Shinners and Aine Slattery who winning possession went in for goal but eventually came back out where Laura Leenane leaped for possession and drove back in and over with two minutes of normal time remaining.

Castlecomer enjoyed the last remaining time of possession but strong Borrisokane defending denied them but the home side celebrated their slender victory that sees them through to the All Ireland final.

Player of the match: Bonnie Conroy (Borrisokane CC).

Scorers:

Castlecomer CS: Grace Mulhall (1-8, 1-7 frees).

Borrisokane CC: Louise Torpey, Anna Harding (1-0 each), Laura Leenane (0-3, 0-1 free), Aine Slattery (0-1).

CASTLECOMER CS: Theresa Kelly (Captain), Megan Brennan, Shannon Conry, Sofia Kerr, Amanda Molloy, Carlise Comerford, Laura McDowell, Shannon Feehan, Caoimhe Hennessy, Ava O'Shea, Sarah Smyth, Ellen Gunner, Sarah Brennan, Grace Mulhall, Colleen Booth.

BORRISOKANE CC: Ella Carey (Captain) (Nenagh), Charlotte Collier (Kildangan), Aine Leenane (Shannon Rovers), Orla Hogan (Toomevara), Amy Bergin (Toomevara), Lauren Ryan (Toomevara), Bonnie Conroy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Eimear Fogarty (Shannon Rovers), Rachel Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Sarah Hough (Shannon Rovers), Louise Torpey (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Laura Shinners (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Aine Slattery (Shannon Rovers), Laura Leenane (Shannon Rovers), Anna Harding (Shannon Rovers). Sub: Kelly Watson (Shannon Rovers) (for E. Fogarty, half time).

REFEREE: Alan Doheny (Laois).

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