Second-half goals seal title for dominant Dominic’s

Roscommon Senior A Camogie Final: St Dominic’s 2-13 Athleague 0-10

St. Dominic’s players pictured with management after defeating Athleague in the Senior Camogie Final last Saturday in Ballyforan. Pic: Mick McCormack

An excellent second-half display saw St Dominic’s sweep to the Roscommon senior camogie title at Ballyforan on Saturday morning. Goals from their two star players, Niamh Fitzgerald and Niamh Watson, in the 39th and 47th minutes, were the key scores, reflecting the superiority of the Knockcroghery-based side in that second period.

The very strong wind was at the backs of Athleague in the first half and it looked like they would establish a handsome lead when they went 0-3 to no score ahead after nine minutes. Those points came from Elaine Daly and two from Tara Fitzgerald (one free).

St Dominic’s responded positively, and with Fitzgerald and Watson outstanding in attack, and Joanne Beattie shoring up the defence, they were level by the 15th minute, with Niamh Fitzgerald (two) and Laoise Mahon on target.

From there to the break it was nip and tuck. When St Dominic’s went in leading by 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time it was clear that Athleague would be in trouble in the second period, given that they would be facing the elements. So it proved.

The opening stages after the interval were evenly contested, Ciara Dowd levelling the scores with a fine point for Athleague in the first minute. Then in the 39th minute came the goal that Dominic’s had been threatening.

It was the brilliance of Niamh Watson that set the score up. Watson made a spectacular catch and then went on a great run, releasing Niamh Fitzgerald who finished well to give her side breathing space.

St Dominic’s were in control after that and they set the seal on a memorable win with a stunning second goal in the 47th minute. It was fitting that the best player on the pitch, Niamh Watson, was the scorer. She won her own ball and powered in along the endline before firing an unstoppable shot past Paula Daly.

It was a super win for St Dominic’s who were thoroughly deserving of this title triumph. In addition to the superb displays from Watson and Fitzgerald, Caroline Connaughton, Joanne Beattie, Aine O’Meara, Susan Spillane and Anna Campbell were also very prominent.

For Athleague, Tara Naughton was excellent from frees and play throughout, while Laura Fleming, Ciara Dowd and Elaine Daly also did well.

St Dominic’s: Caroline Connaughton; Michelle Rogers, Eimear McNally, Aisling Walsh; Aine O’Meara, Joanne Beattie, Ciara Kilcommins; Hannah Murray, Susan Spillane; Kaitlin Egan, Aimee O’Connor, Anna Campbell (0-2); Laoise Mahon (0-1), Niamh Fitzgerald (1-9, 8 frees), Niamh Watson (1-1). Subs: Caroline Dowling for Egan (44), Julie Healy for Murray (58).

Athleague: Paula Daly; Chloe Whyte-Lennon, Meabh Tiernan, Eabha Dowd; Niamh Conway, Ciara Carr, Eala Coyle; Rachel Fitzmaurice, Laura Fleming; Tara Naughton (0-5, 4 frees), Elaine Daly (0-3), Rebecca Brennan (0-1); Jane Horan, Ciara Dowd (0-1), Aideen O’Brien. Subs: Sadbh Conneely for Horan (43), Hollie Gavin for O’Brien (58).

Referee: Mike Ryan.


Player of the Match

Niamh Watson (St Dominic’s)