Lismore 1-14 Oranmore/Maree 1-12
Lismore are through to the All Ireland Intermediate club final after a thrilling 1-14 to 1-12 win over Oranmore Maree of Galway on Sunday last February 1st. Caitriona McGlone's 9th minute goal gave the Cathedral Town the ideal start and four points from Aoife Hannon left it 1-9 to 0-6 at half-time. Throw in was set for 2.30 in Charleville GAA grounds in ideal weather conditions for a good game of camogie.
It was Lismore who came out of the blocks scoring the first point of the game courtesy of Aoife Hannon on the 3rd minute followed by another from her on the fourth. Lismore were well in control and were on the attack putting the Galway backs under severe pressure. Lismore corner forward the speedy Johanna Houlihan won the ball on her wing and ran straight for the Galway goal and slotted the ball over for a well taken point. Oranmore were coming into the game and were putting great pressure on the Lismore defence who were punished for their hard defending as Oranmores Ailish O’Reilly made no mistake in converting two frees on the fifth and sixth minutes. Lismore who were still on the attack on the other end with Johanna Houlihan once again on the run passed the ball to the awaiting Caithriona McGlone who in turn banged the ball to the back of the Oranmore net on the 9th minute. This put a bit of daylight between the sides and it seemed that Lismore were going to pull away from the Galwegians, but Oranmore replied on the tenth minute with a point from play courtesy of Kelly Malone. Aoife Hannon who was on fire with her free taking converted on the eleventh as a result of a push on the back of her team mate Sharon Williams. The scores were coming in hard and fast as Oranmores Ailish O Reilly converted on twelfth minute from a free.
It was Lismore who dominated for the next ten minutes with Shona Curran, Aoife Hannon and Nicola Morrissey scoring a point each in this time frame. Ailish O’Reilly scored once more from a free on the twenty fourth minute followed three minutes later a score for Lismore by captain Shona Curran which was set up by Ruth Geoghegan. It was Ailish O Reilly and Nicola Morrissey who had the final say of the half scoring a point each for their sides in the dying minutes of the half. Half time score Lismore 1-09 Oranmore/Maree 0-06
The second half began, and two minutes into the half a harsh red card decision left Lismore with fourteen players which put the Lismorians under severe pressure for remainder of the game. It was youngster Sharon Williams who won the ball on the thirty fifth minute and made no mistake and slotted it over the ball opening the scoring of the half. Oranmore were on the attack for the next fifteen minutes and were plugging back the scores point by point leaving the score reading Lismore 1-10 to Oranmores 0-11 with ten minutes to go only two points separating the sides. Lismore gathered their momentum at this stage and scored three crucial points courtesy of Nicola Morrissey, Shona Curran and Aisling O’Brien which lifted the Lismore spirits and seemed to feel that the danger was gone. But the Galway All Star Aisling O Reilly grabbed the ball at mid field and made a deft run towards the Lismore goal and struck to the back of the Lismore net on the fifty seventh minute. Nerves were very tense on the Lismore side and Ailish O Reilly once more pointed on the fifty ninth minute leaving only the minimum between the sides. Two minutes of extra time was announced and Lismore captain did the capatains roll in style with great pressure on her shoulders took a long distance free about sixty yards out slotted the ball over putting two points between the sides. The final whistle was blown on the puck out to the delight of the Lismore team and their supporters. The final score reading Lismore 1-14 Oranmore/Maree 1-12.
Lismore are set for the All Ireland final at headquarters on March 1st for the second year in a row and hope to go one better this year by winning it in Croke Park.
Lismore Team; Tanya Morrissey, Marie Russell, Shauna Prendergast, Niamh Molumphy, Sarah Fenton, Shauna Kiernan, Aoife Houlihan, Shona Curran, Grainne Kenneally, Sharon Williams, Aoife Hannon, Ruth Geoghegan, Nicola Morrissey, Caithriona McGlone, Johanna Houlihan, Aisling O’Brien,Sarah Coughlan, Sarah Geoghegan, Ellen Curran, Alice Russell, Laura Buckley, Kate Heneghan
Selector/Trainer; Seamus Prendergast,
Selectors, Geraldine Barry, Austin Curran and Jim Russell
There will be supporters busses travelling for the All Ireland final on March 1st. Please contact Eilish McGlone to book your seat (086)1223015
Registration for the 2015 season will take place over the coming weeks. Forms will be handed out at training for all girls training at the moment. Fees for the coming year is as follows;
Juvenile €30 , Student €35, Adult €40 , Social member €10 Family €50