Inter Championship SF Erins Isle versus Na Fianna

(20 Sep 2020)

We Are Dublin Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi Final Erins Isle versus Na Fianna
Referee: Damian Noble
Throw in 12.00pm Erins Isle Main Pitch.

An overcast but mild morning in the Parish with a south westerly steady but soft wind. The toss
went to Na Fianna who chose to play with the wind towards the Farnham Road end.
Na Fianna won the throw in which was laid off to Sarah Cullen for the first point on the board. A Na
Fianna player won possession of the goal puck but was cleverly hooked by Isles Lauran Goonan who
deftly laid it off to Lynn Devoy, Devoy had no problem splitting the posts to put Isles on the Board.
The next 7 minutes saw Isles finding their stride - Lauren Patterson for Isles wins a free and Louise
O’Hara easily sends it skywards for a point. Quickly followed by a tidy point from play by Lauren
Goonan. Another free in Isles favour allowed Jade Sullivan to get her name in the game for Isles.
A battle royal ensued in mid-field with both sides hitting their half forwards the frantic speedy play
resulted in a plethora of wides for both sides. Isles looked to be the dominant side. A first direct
shot on goal presented for Isles and Jade Sullivan let loose – Helen Lynch in goals for Na Fianna got it
clear, the clearance was firmly answered by two points from play by O’Hara and Sullivan for Isles.
An impressive passage of play from Isles resulted in Devoy’s powerful strike finding the back of the
Na Fianna net. Followed in quick succession by a point for Isles from Sullivan
Moments before the 1 st water break a hard won free by Laura Grendon was converted to a point by
Sarah Cullen.
Scoreboard reflects 1-6 to 0-2.
The second Quarter saw O’Hara easily pop over a free won out at the half way line and Isles
appeared to go up a gear.
Na Fianna dropped their next free into the square and valiantly sought a goal chance to no avail.
Carla Conway for Na Fianna went on a loping run towards goal winning a free for Na Fianna – a non-
conversion followed.
Cassie McEvoy for Isles got under the Na Fianna puck out and scored an impressive point from out
beyond the mid followed by a point from Devoy who was both relentless and accurate throughout
the game for Isles.
Na Fianna fought doggedly in mid with Buggy winning a free – no conversion ensued another ruck
in mid and Conway was on the run again for Na Fianna winning the free whilst trying to break
though Isles ferocious half back line. The bravely struck free sailed over the cross bar for Sarah
Cullen.
Half Time Scoreboard reflects 1-9 – 0-3
Isles continued to dominate winning the throw in and Isles Gillian McCluskey popped over a point
followed by a savage goal winning strike by Jade Sullivan to the bottom corner of the Na Fianna net.

McCluskey was back in action with another point to open the gap further between the squads.
Laura Grendon for Na Fianna pushed hard to win a free for Na Fianna and Cullen with nothing to
lose dropped it in for the forwards. Up went Sinead Costello with the hand – nearly lost the hand
but won the penalty – Grendon stepped up and sent a rocket ball whizzing past the three amigos in
the Isles goal. After the puck pout the Isles 17 Sarah Langan found herself in space with a ball in
hand and from the half back line hit the sweetspot between the uprights.


The Isles mid field won the Na Fianna puckout and found Kassie Mcevoy in the forwards who
screwed the sliotar in behind the Na Fianna keeper from a good way out, the quarter finished out
with Isles popping two over the bar credited to Lynn Devoy from play and a converted free that
O’Hara made no bones about.


The Na Fianna goalie put herself on the line to deny Isles Megan Thomas a goal chance and as
referee Damian Noble checked his watch for water break Emer Ni Eafa popped a point for Na Fianna.
Going into the last quarter scoreboard reflects 3-15 – 1-4
The last quarter saw a fantastic ball going in to Megan Thomas who planted it between the posts
followed by a further point from the understated but seriously competent Amie Trawally .
Na Fianna were determined to play till the final whistle and Sarah Cullen converted another free
won by Karla Conway to stand as a point – a last strike of the balls originating initially from a free
saw Caoimhe Rogers find the back of the Isles net but alas the whistle had blown .
Isles ran out clear winners on the day and even if all wides had been taken into account for both
sides the score difference would have remained pretty much the same.
Final score Isles 3-17 to Na Fianna 1-05
Isles meet Peregrines next to contest the Intermediate 1 final.

REPORT BY - RACHEL ROGERS

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