The Semi Finals of the Intermediate Camogie Championship were both played last weekend
First up was Fr Murphy’s v Green Isle, on the Dulwich Sports Ground, Fr Murphy’s, were short several regulars through injury and other commitments but it turned out to be a very tough game. Green Isle struck first with a point, which was quickly equalised by Fr.Murphy’s Hannah Gleeson, only for Green Isle to come the back with another point.
Murphy’s then dominated for the next ten minutes, with points from Hannah Gleeson and Bronagh McLernon, before the same player banged a goal past Aine Mc Givern and Hannah Gleeson added another point to give them a lead of 1-04 to 0-02 now.
But back came Green Isle, to fire over three unanswered points, the last being an excellent effort from Ursula Murphy, but ‘s Fr Murphy’s struck again with points from Katie O Brien, Hannah Gleeson and Aisling Dunphy, to give their side a good half time lead of 1-08 to Green Isle’s 0-05.
The second half started with Green Isle in a determined mood, scoring two unanswered points to bring it back to a four point game. After an injury stoppage injury Fr Murphy’s completely took over, a goal from Angie Fogarty, followed by points from Hannah Gleeson (2) & Katie O’Brien’s put the result beyond doubt, Elisabeth Horde for Fr Murphy’s flashed a great shot which grazed the upright and Angie Fogarty closed it out with a point, to leave the final score Fr Murphy’s 2.11 to Green Isle’s 0-08.
Edel Magee, the Fr. Murphy’s captain, had a great first half, keeping Green Isle’s forwards very quiet, but was injured in a heavy tackle just on half time, which damaged her shoulder.
Despite being in agony, she refused to come off, moving up to the forwards and never pulled out of a challenge which proved to be drive her team mates to greater heights.
The second semi final took place the same morning at Mitcham, which saw Tara travel to play the home side Croydon.
This was a tough uncompromising encounter and at the end of a bruising first half Croydon were in front 1-06 to Tara’s 2.00, due to mainly the free-taking abilities of Caoilinn O Neill.
Tara staged a strong comeback in the second half and a great goal by Anna Nyhan drew them level. Croydon responded with their own goal, followed by a point,which left them with a four point advantage.
Tara threw everything at them and were rewarded with a goal, making it a one point game but they could not get the score to send the game into extra time, so when ref Eddie Naughton blew the final whistle, the score read Croydon 2-08 to Tara 4.0