Mayobridge win county title
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
MAYOBRIDGE camogs are the Down U16 County Camogie Champions after defeating a highly fancied Ballyholland Harps team at the Abbey CBS grounds on Thursday.
Mollie Smyth was outstanding, as she had up to four players marking her at times and still managed to finish with a fabulous total of 3-8. At only 14-years-old, Mollie a sensational player who surely has a bright camogie future for club and county.
This was an enthralling encounter between two well-matched teams and provided great entertainment for the large crowd.
Ballyholland dominated early and led 1-2 to 0-0 after just five minutes and at this stage were living up to their favourites tag. The Sky Blues however, refused to be overawed and gradually began to claw their way back into the contest.
Mollie Smyth scored two fantastic points and despite receiving an accidental neck injury, she converted the resultant free.
This play seemed to inspire the whole team and they began to outplay the Harps. A scrambled own-goal let the Sky Blues take the lead and two more goals from Grace McShane and Mollie Smyth helped the 'Bridge go in at the break with a four point lead.
Half-time: Mayobridge 3-06 to Ballyholland 3-02
In the second half the 'Bridge were even more impressive as a stout defensive display withstood a determined challenge from the Ballyholland girls, restricting them to just two points while adding two goals and two points to their own total.
Shannon Barr in goals was her usual assured self, making some fantastic saves and her poc outs were up to her usual high standard. Aoife Sherry was immense, displaying great coolness under sustained pressure.
Johnelle Barr had possibly the best game in the Mayobridge jersey as she covered every blade of grass and tackled player after player, winning every ball. Lauren Keenan mopped up a lot of ball and cleared with confidence, as did young Ella Gribben.
Ellen Fegan showed so much heart throughout the contest, giving it her all less than two weeks after being in hospital and the midfield trio of Grace McShane, Rachel Morgan and captain Shenna McNamee were sublime tracking back time after time, then turning and pushing forward.
Caitlin Smyth played a stormer and has really shone over the last few months, doing all the hard work and supplying excellent passes into the full forward line of Sarah Griffin, Eimear Magee and Caitlin O'Hare and Kirsty Magee all made such a positive impact, never giving up on any ball and putting the Harps defence under serious pressure.
MAYOBRIDGE: Shannon Barr, Johnelle Barr, Aoife Sherry, Lauren Keenan, Ellen Fegan, Rachel Morgan, Shenna McNamee, Grace McShane (1-0), Caitlin Smyth, Sarah Griffin, Eimear Magee, Mollie Smyth (3-8), Kirsty Magee, Caitlin O'Hare, Ella Gribben, Aoibheann Woods, Grainne Clarke, Caitlin Coulter and Aine Magee.
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