County champions beaten as Rynagh's cause an upset in Senior Camogie championship

Thursday, 31 August 2017

St.Rynagh's recorded wins in both the Offaly Senior hurling championship and championship this weekend, The ladies however did it in better style registering a 10 point victory over 2016 champions Shinrone.

This impressive result comes on the back of a drawn game with Lusmagh/Drumcullen last weekend where they potentially faced qualification for the junior championship however the blue and amber weren't prepared to be in that position.

A phenomenal team performance blew Shinrone away as Siobhan Flannery and Mairead Daly found the net in the first half. Shinrone found it difficult to deal with the defensive strength of Linda Sullivan, Roisin Egan, and Ann Daly. Grainne Egan managed to find Ellen Gilligan's net but it wasn't enough to secure a win, best for Shinrone was Kate Ahern, Orla Maher, Michaela Morkan and Grainne Egan.

As a result, St.Rynagh's finish the group in second place and set up a quarter-final against an ever improving Kinnitty. Similar to St.Rynagh's, both Kinnitty men's and women's teams suffered defeats however Kinnitty's camogie loss has less consequences.

Last years senior finalists St.Cillian's narrowly edged a victory over Kinnitty with 14 fourteen players on Sunday evening. St.Cillian's started the game with intent racking up 1-4 in 10 minutes with a goal from Dara Hanamy but this was the last time St.Cillian's would comfortably lead.

It's hard to say whether Kinnitty got stuck in or Cillian's took their foot off the pedal but the game became a physical battle as Kinnitty edged their way back into contention. Patrice Delaney pulling all the strings at centre forward. St.Cillian's lead narrowly at the half time break 1-8 to 1-6. It became a ding done battle in the second half with both sides fluffing certain goal opportunities, however in saying that both defences can take praise for closing down oncoming attacks.

There was a big upset with ten minutes remaining as Aisling Brennan was given her marching orders for interfering with a faceguard and now faces a potential match ban for the quarter-final. It is understood Brennan is appealing this red card. Kinnitty threw the kitchen sink at St.Cillian's but the sharpshooting Orla Carey popped over some late free's to ensure a two point victory for St.Cillian's.


Preview Senior Camogie Quarter-finals


St.Cillians vs Shinrone

In a replay of the Senior camogie final of 2016, St.Cillians and Shinrone will go head to head for a semi-final spot. Both sides come into the game with mixed campaigns, Shinrone suffered an early defeated in the opening round while Tullamore comfortably defeated St.Cillians also in round one. The return of Marion Creane adds plenty of firepower to Shinrone. St.Cillian's will also be hoping that the return of Niamh Collins between the posts will add extra depth to their side. No doubt St.Cillians will be gunning for revenge of last years final, while Shinrone will be hoping their experience will get them over the line.

Ones to watch: Michaela Morkan, Grainne Egan, Marion Creane, Christine Cleary (Shirone) Ciara and Rachel Brennan, Cailin Fitzgerald. (St.Cillians)


St.Rynagh's vs Kinnitty

Kinnitty will be disappointed that they didn't manage to snatch a win on Sunday evening over St.Cillian's and will be very determined come their quarter-final. It was this stage last year where they bowed out of the competition but the Green and White's will be hoping to go another step further.

St.Rynaghs on the other hand are coming to form at the right stage of the championship, also an important point to note is that the dual players have only one code to focus on as they failed to qualify for Ladies Football finals. After a powerful performance over Shinrone St.Rynagh's will be hoping to find that form again while Kinnitty won't fear the shannonsiders.


Ones to watch: Patrice Delaney, Eleanor and Grace Clendennen, Natasha and Leanne Mahon (Kinnitty) Siobhan Flannery, Grainne Dolan, Mairead Daly, Linda Sullivan (St.Rynagh's)


Junior Championship Junior Championship semi-finals September 16th

Lusmagh/Drumcullen vs St.Sinchill's

Kilcormac/Killoughey vs Naomh Brid


In the junior championship teams have been confirmed from the final round results, Lusmagh/Drumcullen, Naomh Brid,Kilcormac/Killoughey and St.Sinchill's will now turn their focus to the junior semi-finals. The 2016 junior champions Naomh Brid awarded Lusmagh/Drumcullen a walkover last weekend meaning Lus/Drum play bottom of group two's St.Sinchill's.

Kilcormac/Killoughey won their first game of the year easing past 2016 junior finalist's St.Sinchill's with seventeen points to spare last Sunday evening. Debbie Flynn was in flying form for the double KK's as was Triona McDonald and Una Kilmartin.

Naomh Brid are struggling to defend their crown as they try to replace 2016 All-Star nominee Tina Hannon who now plays her camogie with 2016/17 All-Ireland camogie club Champions Slaughneil. If losing a player at this calibre wasn't enough up and coming star Grace Teehan has been hit with glandular fever and will miss the remainder of their campaign.

Lusmagh/Drumcullen have also been hit with injury as u16 Amy Byrne struggles with a thumb injury and joint captain Sorcha McGarry is still recovering from a rib injury. senior camogie Championship Results:

St.Cillian's 1-12 Kinnitty 1-10; St.Rynagh's 2-18 Shinrone 1-11; Kilcormac Killoughey 4-19 St.Sinchill's 1-10; Naomh Brid W/o to Lusmagh/Drumcullen

Details of quarter-finals unavailable when going to print. Details will be posted to Offaly camogie's social media channels.



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