Roscommon Camogie Senior Club Final
St. Dominic’s 3-9
Four Roads 1-9
History was made in Athleague last Saturday when St. Dominic’s became the first team from the club to win a county senior title in 28 years. Four Roads had come into the match as the hot favourites but they were defeated by the better team on the day and there were wild celebrations as the Knockcroghery based club took the title against the odds.
With Caroline Dowling and Susan Spillane in control around midfield it was Dominic’s who seized the initiative from the opening whistle. Spillane, Niamh Watson and Aimee O’Connor grabbed some great scores from play and the placed ball. Gertie Down was doing well for Four Roads but they were very dependent on Shauna Fallon’s free taking.
Just before half-time Aimee O’Connor stole in behind the Four Roads cover to slip in a goal and a point from Niamh Fitzgerald meant that Dominic’s led by 1-9 to 0-4 at half-time.
But Four Roads were back in business shortly after the break when Aisling Dempsey scored a fine goal. Further points from Dempsey and Shauna Fallon (2 frees) saw the sides level mid-way through the second period.
There was a controversial decision in that second half when referee Joe Dermody adjudged that Shauna Fallon was guilty of second yellow card offence and he sent off the Four Roads ace.
Then Dominic’s struck for two crucial goals to wrest the title away from Four Roads. Firstly Anna Campbell flicked home from close range and then shortly after that a long-range free from Spillane went all the way to the Four Roads net. Dominic’s had finally broken the Four Roads resistance and celebrated in style.
Best for Dominic’s on a memorable day for the club were Susan Spillane, Aimee O’Connor, Emear McNally, Niamh Watson and Aine O’Meara. For Four Roads, Gertie Dowd, Shauna Fallon and sub Lizzie Glennon were most prominent.
St. Dominic’s: C Connaughton: A Dolan, E McNally, C Cox; R Dolan, A O’Meara, J Beattie; C Dowling (0-1), S Spillane (1-3); C Miley (0-1), N Watson (0-2), J Healy; C Kilcommins, A O’Connor (1-1), N Fitzgerald (0-1).
Subs: A Coyle for Cox, A Campbell (1-0) for Kilcommins.
Four Roads: C Mulry; K Carty, E Lennon, D Kelly; S Coyle (1-0), G Dowd, A Fallon; P Lennon, S Fallon (0-6); L Gacquin, O Kelly (0-1), N Crean; A Dempsey (0-1), N Coyle (0-1), S O’Brien.
Subs: L Glennon for S Coyle, M Lohan for P Lennon, LCarty for O’Brien.
Referee: J Dermody