Burgess/Duharra ease through to Munster final

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Burgess/Duharra ease through to Munster final thumbnailAisling Cremin (Burgess/Duharra) takes a heavy challenge from Granagh Ballingarry’s Niamh Chawke.

BURGESS/DUHARRA are through to a Munster final in two weeks time after they had a comprehensive victory over Granagh/Ballingarry in the semi-final on Sunday last in Ballingarry GAA pitch.

Burgess/Duharra ...4-18
Granagh/Ballingarry ...1-7


Two late first half goals from ace of forwards Eimear McDonnell ended the challenge between the Tipperary side and the Limerick club going in at the break, as by then the champions led by 2-9 to 0-2.

Some positional changes to the forwards didn't seem to unsettle the side and even though the opening twenty minutes was a tough battle all the time, Duharra never looked in trouble, but well capable of overcoming the stern challenge their opponents served up.

The game started at a blistering pace with Ciardha Maher laying down an early marker which was followed soon after by a Jenny Grace free.

Vera Sheehan opened the Granagh account in the seventh minute but it was wiped out one minute later by a Jenny Grace free. Ciara McKeogh was serving a lot of ball to the forwards and when Eimear McDonnell took hold and headed for goal, she was fouled by Lisa Kelly and Jenny Grace dropped over the resulting free eight minutes into action.

Amy Kennedy intercepted Margaret Lynch's short puck out which was intended for Lisa Kelly and Kennedy sent back in and over for her first score of the game and of her personal tally of 1-5.

Every time Eimear McDonnell took possession, a sea of Granagh defenders focused on her with Sarah Carey working very hard to deny goal threats. Kristy O'Carroll kept the Granagh flag flying as the second quarter started which, as it turned out, went on to be totally dominated by Duharra who had now settled and were getting the upperhand of the game all over the pitch.

Duharra lost Shona O'Donoghue when she picked up a knee injury and the game was stopped for several minutes but Granagh knew they were in trouble when McDonnell dropped over a great point from over her right shoulder in the 23rd minute and before the minute was over, Tara Kennedy split the uprights when she intercepted a Niamh Chawke effort at clearing.

In fairness, Granagh fought back but Rebecca Noonan fired a free narrowly wide, her second and Granagh's third at a time when they need a score.

Duharra commenced their break away and got the better of their tacky and tough opponents, in the 26th minute with points from Amy Kennedy, Ciardha Maher and a long one from Ciara McKeogh before McDonnell struck for her first goal deep into injury time and she followed up with her second before the minute ended and on the half time whistle.

The sides traded points soon after resumption, a Jenny Grace free and a Mairead Fitzgerald shot from play. Duharra fired on through Amy Kennedy with lovely passage of play from Ciara McKeogh and Tara Kennedy with the ball coming in from Aisling Cremin.

Granagh launched a further attack which resulted in a Rebecca Noonan 34th minute goal with support from Sarah Carey, Theresa Mulcaire, Rebecca Noonan and Kristy O'Carroll but Duharra tore into immediate attack with Laura Reid racing through at the opposite end to slap the ball past Margaret Lynch to the back of the Granagh net with Ruth Barry, Jenny Grace, Tara Kennedy and Eimear McDonnell all involved in the run up.

Vera Sheehan managed a point at the opposite end but when Lisa Kelly and Aine Sheehy brought down Amy Kennedy in the square as she headed in for goal, Jenny Grace settled for a point from the resulting 42nd minute penalty.

Granagh seemed to lose their appetite for the game and Jenny Grace and Noonan traded frees before Duharra added on a further 1-4 over the following seven minutes and without reply, 1-2 from Amy Kennedy, one from Ciardha Maher and a free from Jenny Grace.

With time running out, Meadhbh Nash and Mairead Fitzgerald could only manage two further points but it was Jenny Grace who had the last say with a pointed free on time.

Player of the match: Caoimhe Maher (Burgess/Duharra).


Burgess/Duharra: Amy Kennedy (1-5), Eimear McDonnell (2-1), Jenny Grace (0-7, frees), Laura Reid (1-0), Ciardha Maher (0-3), Ciara McKeogh, Tara Kennedy (0-1 each).

Granagh/Ballingarry: Rebecca Noonan (1-1, 0-1 free), Vera Sheehan, Mairead Fitzgerald (0-2 each), Meadhbh Nash, Kristy O'Carroll (0-1 each).

BURGESS/DUHARRA: Ciara Holohan, Elaine King, Gemma Grace, Amanda Egan, Shona O'Donoghue, Caoimhe Maher, Aisling Cremin, Ciara McKeogh, Ruth Barry, Jenny Grace, Tara Kennedy, Laura Reid, Eimear McDonnell, Amy Kennedy, Ciardha Maher. Subs: Aine Gillespie (for S. O'Donoghue, inj, 12 mins), Sorcha Holohan (for L. Reid), Una Quigley (for A. Cremin, 54 mins), Katie Flaherty (for E. King), Amy Seymour (for T. Kennedy, 56 mins).

GRANAGH/BALLINGARRY: Margaret Lynch, Emer Hickey, Lisa Kelly, Aine Sheehy, Niamh Chawke, Sarah Carey, Kaylee Stapleton, Fiona Hickey, Theresa Mulcaire, Rebecca Noonan, Meadhbh Nash, Vera Sheehan, Siobhan Enright, Mairead Fitzgerald, Kristy O'Carroll. Subs: Emer Morrissey (for A. Sheehy,, half time).

REFEREE: Cathal Egan (Cork).


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