Top Scorer O’Brien Sees Nenagh Crowned Intermediate Champions

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Top Scorer O’Brien Sees Nenagh Crowned Intermediate Champions thumbnailNenagh, the Tipperary County Intermediate champions celebrate victory over Drom & Inch.

IT WAS a well deserved victory for the young girls in Nenagh camogie club who had eight points to spare when they beat Drom & Inch in their first Intermediate championship final in perfect weather conditions on Saturday last in the Ragg camogie pitch.

Nenagh Eire Og ...2-14
Drom & Inch ...2-6

After losing the league earlier in the year by a mere two points to the same Drom team, this was the champions big day to turn the tables around and they certainly did that in style.


A young team made up of mostly minor players and even two under 16's lined out.
They have come slowly up through the ranks over the years and now will take the major step up to the senior grade next season. In the meantime however, they will play a Munster final in two weeks time. 
For Drom & Inch, this is their second team, and in fairness to the club, there are not too many who can field two adult teams.

This is their second time in a final and the mixture of re-graded and minor players won the league earlier, so they can't complain and have some silverware to show for their season's work.

This was a game of two halves and Drom looked promising with Gillian Gleeson dropping over their first point after five minutes. However, the sides were level one minute later when Nenagh captain and sharpshooter Grace O'Brien pointed. From that moment in the game, Nenagh drove on with O'Brien pointing from a placed ball to give her side a slender lead.

However, the turning point in the game was when O'Brien dropped in a placed ball and as it dropped from the air Louise Hickey leaped up to meet it and with deadly accuracy she connected and slapped to the top corner of the Drom net ten minutes into action.

Within two minutes, Drom were in trouble when player of the match Grace O'Brien hit for Nenagh's second goal with Rachel Maher and Caroline Browne involved in the build up.

Nenagh were winning a lot of possession, racing through their opponents and the Drom defence were unable to handle the scoring ability and the fast pace Nenagh threw up and showed great skill as they prevented Drom from progressing as they tagged on a further three points.
Niamh Ryan kept the Drom flag flying from a free coming fifteen minutes after their first score. O'Brien and Gleeson traded points but it was the champions who finished the half the strongest with O'Brien tagging on a further two to leave the half time score at 2-8 to 0-3.

The second half was a different game and Nenagh were lucky they had built up a strong score as Drom upped a gear, threw everything at their opponents and kept them to a six point tally. O'Brien and Catriona Shortt traded early points and Aine Greed went low for goal with Shortt and Gleeson in the build up, but Ruth Hassett took control and cleared.

Drom were now winning possession and a second chance to goal but they were unable to get past superb net minder Sarah Quigley. Shortt dropped in a 45m free but again Quigley took control and cleared. O'Brien and Niamh Ryan swapped two sets of points before the Drom persistence paid off when Ryan's long range free dropped into the top of the Nenagh net on the 45th minute.

Nenagh swung back, won possession and O'Brien sent two over, one from a placed ball, before a foul on Trish McGrath five minutes later gave Drom the chance to pick up their second goal when Shortt dropped the free to the forwards and Niamh Ryan scrambled the ball over the line.
Over the last six minutes, Drom tried so hard piling on massive pressure in the hope of a late victory, but just couldn't get through a solid defence with Eimear Ryan finishing the Nenagh scoring and no one can deny the hungrier and sharper side deserve this fine victory as Drom left their attack far too late in the game.

Player of the match: Grace O'Brien (Nenagh Eire Og).


Nenagh: Grace O'Brien (1-12, 0-6 frees), Louise Hickey (1-0), Ciara McGrath, Eimear Ryan (0-1 each).

Drom & Inch: Niamh Ryan (2-3, 1-3 frees), Gillian Gleeson (0-2), Catriona Shortt (0-1 free).

NENAGH: Sarah Quigley, Rachel Maher, Aileen Duggan, Ruth Hassett, Zoey Grattan, Hazel McAuliffe, Alanna Morris, Michelle Collins, Rachel O'Connor, Eimear Ryan, Ciara McGrath, Aisling O'Brien, Caroline Browne, Louise Hickey, Grace O'Brien (Captain). Sub: Maeve Coffey (for R. O'Connor, 52 mins).

DROM & INCH: Rosie Kenneally, Laoise McGrath, Orla Cahill, Patricia McGrath, Leanne Gleeson, Catriona Shortt, Mairead Butler, Niamh Long, Mary Bourke, Aine Greed, Gillian Gleeson, Trisha McGrath, Niamh Ryan, Katie Bourke, Katie Ryan. Subs: Naomi Treacy (for K. Ryan, 55 mins), Shannon Brown (for A. Greed, 58 mins).

REFEREE: Martin Griffin (Silvermines).


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