Brilliant U-16 Camogie Div.1 Championship Victory

(19 Oct 2019)

Brilliant U-16 Camogie Div.1 Championship Victory

Castleknock 1-9 Lucan Sarsfields 0-10

A superb Aisling O’Neill goal after four minutes proved the decisive score in this well-contested U-16 Camogie Div.1 Championship Final against great rivals Lucan in difficult conditions in Somerton this morning (Oct.19).

In a nail-biting finish the entire Castleknock defence held firm under enormous Lucan pressure to give the home team the U-16 Div.1 title for the first time since 2015 and the second time in all.

Castleknock started extremely well going 1-2 0-0 ahead after only five minutes. Aisling O’Neill landed a great opening point followed by that fourth minute goal.

The No.10’s first shot was well blocked but quick as a flash she pulled again sending the sliotar to the roof of the Lucan net.

Mollie Turner added a second point a minute later to give Castleknock a healthy five-point lead but between then and half-time the exchanges became much more even with each team scoring four points.

Emma Diamond stormed through the centre to fire over, with Aisling O’Neill (2) and Mollie Turner adding to Castleknock’s total to maintain that five-point margin at the break with Castleknock leading by 1-6 0-4.

Aisling O’Neill recorded one of the day’s best scores with another point four minutes into the second-half to give Castleknock a six point lead for the first time.

Refusing to concede however Lucan fought back with Sinead Daly landing five points to keep the visitor’s hopes alive. It took two more Mollie Turner points and some rock-solid goalkeeping by Ebha Mooney to keep Castleknock out in front.

The entire defence stood up strong in that final quarter with Player of the Match Eva Coughlan producing an outstanding display just one of many more outstanding displays.

All in all a superbly tenacious display and a great day for Castleknock. Congratulations to everyone concerned: the players, mentors, parents and friends.

Castleknock 2019 Dublin U-16 Div.1 Camogie Champions: Ebha Mooney; Caoimhe Kavanagh; Hannah Bourke; Amy Carroll; Eva Coughlan; Aoife Bergin (Capt.); Caoimhe Sawyer; Sinead Feely; Lucy Quinn; Aisling O’Neill (1-4); Emma Diamond (0-1); Mollie Turner (0-4); Eva Mulholland; Alison Egan; Kaci O’Neill. Sub: Maya Golden. Panel: Caoimhe Harrington; Ciara O’Hanlon; Roisin Murphy; Isabelle Brennan; Aideen Butler; Ali Bourke; Amelia Claffey; Ella Kennedy; Aoife O’Sullivan.

Mentors: Philip Bergin; James Mulholland.
Report: Kevin Mallon

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