CAMOGIE: CASTLEBLAYNEY CAILÍNÍ ARE THE TOAST OF ULSTER

26 October 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

CASTLEBLAYNEY 3-07
MULLAGHBAWN 0-07
BY MARETTA SHERRY

CASTLEBLAYNEY scaled new heights for a Monaghan camogie club team when they won the coveted Bridie McMenamin Junior Ulster Club Championship Shield in Aughnamullen last Sunday.
A year on from Clontibret losing at this stage of the competition, Blayney won an absorbing final against a more physical Mullaghbawn from Armagh. The sides were evenly matched throughout, until Blayney scored three goals in the last quarter – two from Niamh Brennan and one by substitute Elaine McKernan – to win the game.
Mullaghbawn were first off the mark when the dangerous Katie O’Brien sent over a point from a free in the third minute, but three points without reply and in quick succession set the ball rolling for Blayney. Amber Lam carried on for where she left off in her Player-of-the-Match performance in the recent league final by hitting a long-range point and Eileen McElroy followed in her footsteps just a minute later when she collected a good clearance from impressive half-back Orla McCarthy, before Niamh Brennan got on the end of a Lisa O’Connell pass to open her account.
A wind-assisted Mullaghbawn began to take control with Marie Larkin getting their first point from play in the 20th minute and quickly adding the equaliser. Blayney – and in particular Niamh Brennan – found Mullaghbawn goalkeeper Collette Byrne hard to beat a couple of times in the closing minutes of the half, but Amber Lam sent a free over the bar to send the Monaghan champions in at the interval leading by 0-4 to 0-3.
Amber Lam started the second half the way she had finished the first by converting a free, but points by Megan …

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