QUEENS CAMOGIE HAVE A ” MERRY ” NEW YEAR
Queens University Camogie club claimed the Div 2 league title after a 2-08 to 1.04 win against UL 2 Limerick. Played in the setting of the north campus at NUIM , the Belfast side were quick out of the blocks with Ballycran s Brid Mc Gourty pointing after 40 seconds.
Queens playing against the strong breeze added two points from corner forward Ciara Donnelly , one a free before UL open there account after Referee Ray Kelly called a foul on Queens keeper Cathrine Toner for breaking the square from a puc out.
QUB playing a running game broke in behind the Limerick backline, however good defending from Ciara Hayes and Lisa Hynes prevented a goal, but then an attack down the right released Armagh corner Forward Rachel Merry who fired a bullet to the net. This settled Queens who then squandered several goal chances before UL added two late frees.
Half Time QUB 1.04 UL 0.03
Queens how playing with the wind seem to retreat deep early in the second , this allowed the busy Aoife Mc Grath to point from play. Queens introduced Antrim midfielder Colleen Patterson pushing Derry s Sinead Cassidy into the forward line, Cassidy responded with a excellent trademark point from distance.
UL looked dangerous and as they pushed forward, before a long direct ball from Queens midfielder Niamh Docherty found corner forward Merry, again the lively forward ran at Limerick before unleashing a second rocket to kill the game. UL added a goal in the final 2 minutes from Eimear Kelly, with Queens free taker Ciara Donnelly adding point No 6 to her account in the final seconds. Final Score QUB 2-08 1-04
This is Queens second title in as many months after adding the Freshers title in December. Manager Joe Baldwin was pleased to add the league saying ” The league was well run with all matches going to plan and winning this leaves us in a good mindset going forward, however exams kick in know and we will have to keep working hard before the Purcell Championship “.
The Ashbourne/Purcell weekend takes place in Queens University this February bring together the very best in 3rd level Camogie which promises to be a fantastic weekend.
Queens Team and Scorers : Catherine Toner, Dannille Mc Crystal, Bronagh Mc Gillian, Rachel Mullholland, Ruby Maire Rice, Granine Mc Nicoll, Ashling Jordan, Sinead Cassidy, 0.01 Niamh Docherty, Louise Mc Alese, Katherine Donnelly, Brid Mc Gourty 0.01, Ciara Donnelly 0.06 (0.04 frees ) Keelin Bradley, Rachel Merry 2.00, Subs Clare Tracey, Colleen Patterson.