Intermediate 1 Shield Final - Match Report   16/10/2018

Intermediate 1 Shield Final, Naomh Brid Vs Naomh Peregrine - Sunday 14th October 2018.

Naomh Peregrines were favourites for the Intermediate Shield final having inflicted a painful 4-14 to 1-8 defeat in round 2 of the Championship in Blakestown. A beautiful day for Camogie in Russell Park and the Nh Brid girls gave a champagne performance in glorious sunshine to reverse this result to win by 2 points.

From Goalie at No 1 to top of the left at No 15 the performances were superb. Reacting first to win their own ball, supporting in numbers to stifle the progress of their opponent and create turnovers to launch their own attacks. The individual and collective effort was wonderful to watch.

Martha McNally provided early pointed scores for Nh Peregrines from frees and a '45, while Nh Brid responded with two points of their own. A wonderful reflex save from Grace Dunne prevented a certain Peregrine’s goal. With 23 minutes played, the sliotar was crossed from the endline 15 yards to the right of goal and was doubled on overhead by Aine O’Murchu to the back of the Peregrines net. Memories of Cork’s JBM’s 1983 goal came flooding back. 

The Nh Brid girls were on fire and added another point, before a second goal from a 20 metre free by Carolyn McCarthy, just before half time. The half time score Nh Brid 2-3 Nh Peregrine 0-4.

At half time, stand in manager for the day, Timmy O’Mahony provided calming counsel. The Nh Peregrine onslaught is expected but the Nh Brid resolve strengthens.

Nh Peregrine score an early point. The Nh Brid tackling, hooking and blocking by each and every girl was fantastic and Nh Peregrines had to work extremely hard to add two further points. Almost midway through the second half Nh Brid are awarded 20 metre free, which just dipped under the crossbar to the back of the net. The next ten minutes saw huge endeavour by both teams to advance their respective causes, both cancelling each other with two points apiece.

With five minutes left, Nh Peregrines rattle the back of the Nh Brid net to set up a nail biting finish. The urging from both sets of supporters testimony to the closeness of the margin. On the stroke of normal time a rasping shot from Nh Peregrines fires inches wide. The customary 2 minutes of injury time ensues as Nh Peregrine chase a late winner as Nh Brid stand resolute. The final whistle sounds to signal the end of a pulsating camogie match.

The Full Time score Nh Brid 3-5 Vs Nh Peregrines 1-9.

The shield presentation was recorded and relayed to manager Aodh O’Murchu, who unfortunately could not be present on the day.

The Naomh Brid Intermediate 1 Camogie Team: Grace Dunne, Laura Winters, Siobhan Cahill, Niamh Mc Kenna, Rachel Boyle, Sophie Lyons, Michaela Griffin, Hannah Barrett, Mairéad Mc Carthy, Carolyn Mc Carthy, Ciara Griffin, Niamh Mc Carthy, Deirdre Mc Carthy, Aine O’Murchu, Ellen Bolger.

St Brigids GAA Club,
Russell Park, Navan Road, Dublin 15