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Banagher College Win Junior ‘B’ Leinster Camogie Final

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Banagher College Win Junior ‘B’ Leinster Camogie Final thumbnailBanagher College Colaiste na Sionna captain Louise Mannion is presented with the Leinster 'B' cup by Ciarán Walsh on behalf of the Leinster Colleges committee. Pic: Rose Mannion. MT05485RM

Banagher College Colaiste Na Sionna ..4-8 Presentation College Wexford ...1-3 THE young Junior 'B' camogie girls from Banagher College are through to an All Ireland semi-final after a tremendous win over Wexford's Presentation girls on Saturday last in Galmoy GAA pitch in Co. Kilkenny.
The day started sunny bright and not too cold but all that changed fairly quickly as the teams prepared to take to the pitch with a cold strong breeze blowing across the pitch and the rain hovering over head.
Underdogs Banagher proved that they didn't mind carrying that tag at all into the game and took to the pitch with great enthusiasm. Having won the Junior 'C' last year, they were now stepping up a rung on the ladder. Seven of last year's champions team were again lining out on the starting fifteen. Their opponents and red hot favourites Presentation Wexford were still celebrating their senior team's final win the previous Saturday and eleven of that senior squad lined out on their starting fifteen. On paper, Banagher couldn't match the Wexford talent, but on the pitch where it really matters, the Shannonside girls were just simply the best team on the day as it turned out and far too strong for the lacklustre Wexford outfit. Even from a very early juncture, the writing was on the wall for the Wexford side.
A minute's silence was observed before the game commenced in memory of Banagher midfielder Heather Moran's grandmother who had passed away earlier in the week.
The strong cross pitch breeze favoured Banagher slightly as Chloe Reilly started the ball rolling when she took a pass from Louise Mannion and drove between the uprights four minutes in. Holding all the possession with the ball back into the forwards, full forward Anna Larkin struck for the champions first goal in the seventh minute after great team work from Cathy Moran and Nessa Dolan in the build up.
The turning point in the game came in the eighth minute when the Banagher captain Louise Mannion was fouled by Lauren Murphy for the dropping ball and Mannion drove the resulting free high towards the forwards where the two corner forwards Rebecca McGarry and Aine Doorly leaped into the air above Wexford's Cora Doyle with McGarry getting her hurl to the ball to guide it to the top of the Wexford net. Wexford's Presentation rearguard were at sixes and sevens and despite trying to tighten up, Banagher kept coming at them in waves with Chloe Reilly dropping over her second point one minute later.
The game was ten minutes old when the Wexford girls managed to get the ball up field to their forwards for the first time and after winning a '45' Ailis Neville drove narrowly astray at a time when her side so badly needed a score.
Banagher came flying back into attack and after Anna Larkin was fouled, Chloe Reilly tagged on her third point from the resulting free. Leading by 2-3 to no score after thirteen minutes, the game ended as a contest as the first quarter faded when a great build up from Dearbhla Kelly, Kaitlyn Kennedy and Louise Mannion saw Chloe Reilly take control and breaking through the Presentation rearguard she fired to the net.
The Wexford side tore back into attack but were depending a lot on Lauren Murphy who dropped a ball to the forwards and eventually they won a '45' which Ailis Neville dropped into the forwards but the very reliable hard working Banagher full back Amy Byrne made it look all very easy as she side stepped Lauren Murphy, took hold of the ball and fired back out of danger and Wexford had lost a very valuable chance.
All six Banagher forwards coupled with the two midfielders, were in devastating form while the six backs supported by the goalie, marshalled their respective defensive lines and Wexford's Presentation had no answer to the incessant Banagher College pressure. A late Wexford rally in an effort to score before the break, came to nothing once again as the defending Banagher girls made short change of play on the break leading by 3-4 to no score.
The second half was just thirty seconds old when Anna Larkin set up Chloe Reilly who added on another point. However, as time wore on, The Presentation girls came more into the game with Ailis Neville unfortunate to see her great goal effort come back off the uprights where it eventually went out for a '45' which Lauren Murphy sent over for Wexford's first score of the game in the 33rd minute.
Chloe Reilly decided to put any thoughts of a Wexford come back firmly away when she took off on a long solo run and soloed right through a porous Presentation defence slapping home her second goal in the 37th minute. With the ball more evenly distributed throughout the pitch, Wexford's wing forward Emma Sweeney went low for goal but Banagher keeper Ellen Gilligan drove it out to the corner where Louise Mannion who was all over the pitch, gathered and cleared. However, Ailis Neville added a pointed free and Sinead Furlong had the ball back into Saoirse O'Connor with Ailis Neville and Emma Dempsey trying to grab a goal but they hadn't banked on the Banagher full back Amy Byrne's pounce and clearance which must have left them wondering how they hadn't been able to grab a score.
Chloe Reilly split the uprights as the game swung into the last quarter and one minute later she pointed from a free. The hard working Nessa Dolan won possession but while she came up against a wave of Wexford defenders she managed to offload to Anna Larkin who struck for Banagher's last score of the game. Wexford hit back through Lauren Murphy, Emma Dempsey with Ailish Neville finding target but when substitute Eleanor Hammell offloaded to Neville, she fired hard and fast to the Banagher net but it didn't matter to the result as the ref blew for time and the Banagher girls celebrated their fourteen point victory in this Leinster final.
Scorers: Banagher College Colaiste Na Sionna: Chloe Reilly (2-6, 0-2 frees), Anna Larkin (1-1), Rebecca McGarry (1-0), Louise Mannion (0-1, free).
Presentation Wexford: Ailis Neville (1-2, 0-1 free), Lauren Murphy (0-1, '45').
BANAGHER COLLEGE: Ellen Gilligan (St Rynagh's), Dearbhla Kelly (St Rynagh's), Amy Byrne (Lusmagh), Laura Clancy (St Rynagh's), Lauren Temple (Lusmagh), Kaitlyn Kennedy (Drumcullen), Ellie Hickey (St Rynagh's), Heather Moran (St Rynagh's), Louise Mannion (St Rynagh's) Captain, Chloe Reilly (Kiltormer), Nessa Dolan (Meelick/Eyrecourt), Cathy Moran (Meelick/Eyrecourt), Rebecca McGarry (Lusmagh), Anna Larkin (Meelick/Eyrecourt), Aine Doorley (St Rynagh's). Subs: Muireann Nolan (St Rynagh's) (for R. McGarry, 54 mins), Aoife Tierney (St Rynagh's) (for C. Moran, 54 mins), Sara Corcoran (Meelick Eyrecourt) (for A. Larkin, 57 mins), Olivia Mannion (Meelick Eyrecourt) (for L. Temple, 58 mins), Sarah Temple (Lusmagh) (for D. Kelly, 58 mins).
PRESENTATION WEXFORD: Hannah Hearne, Aine Fitzgerald, Cora Doyle, Aoife Whelan, Ciara Bridges, Alannah Davis, Catriona Kinsella, Sinead Furlong, Emma Sinnott, Emma Sweeney, Lauren Murphy, Saoirse O'Connor, Aoife Fielding, Emma Dempsey, Ailis Neville. Subs: Eleanor Hammell (for A. Fielding, 40 mins), Lily Mangan (for S. O'Connor, 40 mins).
REFEREE: Kieran Bowe (Laois).

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