SECOND ULSTER CROWN FOR CLONTIBRET

23 October 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

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Ulster Camogie Junior Club Championship Final

Clontibret     1-12

Laragh      2-04

By MARETTA SHERRY

On a Sunday to remember for Clontibret, their camogs defeated Laragh of Cavan to retain the Ulster Junior Club Championship title in Moy last Sunday. Both clubs had reached this final on merit: Clontibret disposing of Kilcoo and Carrickmore quite comfortably, with Laragh knocking out Glenullion (Derry) and last year’s beaten finalists, Antrim’s Loughgiel.

A blustery gale made conditions difficult but it was Clontibret’s physical power and skill that came to the fore, as they who flew out of the traps at Tír na nÓg Park. Free-taker Marie Greenan had a point on the scoreboard in the opening three minutes, before the inspirational Michelle Morgan doubled Clontibret’s lead. Laragh were battling against a stiff breeze and they failed to score until the end of the opening quarter, when their captain Jenny O’Rourke pointed a free to get them off the mark.

A perfectly-placed clearance by Joanne McSkeane set up Michelle Morgan for a point in the 20th minute and Clontibret quickly moved four clear, thanks to a brace by Marie Greenan (one from a free). Laragh hit back in the 25th minute when a Kate Smith ’45 was saved by the Clontibret keeper Karen Boyle, but only as far as Laragh centre half Lorraine O’Rourke, who took her chance to score the opening goal. Clontibret needed a response before half-time and they got it, with points from Michelle Morgan (two) and Marie Greenan ensuring they changed ends leading by 0-8 to 1-1.

Clontibret were quick on the mark once again after the break when Marie Greenan got through to raise the green flag. A Greenan point opened up an eight-point gap and with the likes of Joanne McSkeane defending resolutely, Laragh faced a tough task to get back into the game. A Katie Smith free gave Laragh hope and Arlene Brady found the net to give their challenge a real boost, before Jenny O’Rourke converted a pair of frees to narrow the Cavan side’s deficit to three points.

Clontibret finished strongly, however, as Marie Greenan added three points from frees to her tally in the closing stages to retain the Bridie McMenamin Shield. Ned McCann, who was joined on the Clontibret management team by Geraldine Clarke and Cormac Connolly, commented on the win: “We started very well …

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