Camogie: Loreto Kilkenny secure sixth All-Ireland in nine seasons

March 11, 2018

A general view of the Camogie crest.
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<p>By Daragh &Oacute;&nbsp;Conch&uacute;ir&nbsp;</p> <p>LORETO SECONDARY SCHOOL KILKENNY secured a remarkable sixth&nbsp;O&rsquo;Neills&nbsp;All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior A title in nine seasons but they were given a huge fright before emerging from&nbsp;Darver&nbsp;with a 2-18 to 4-8 win over Cross &amp; Passion College Ballycastle.&nbsp;</p> <p>Loreto led by 14 points at half time, 2-10 to 0-2, having used the strong wind magnificently but were clinging on towards the end, as CPC, who were chasing their first crown, narrowed the margin to three.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;Noresiders&nbsp;had done enough in the opening period however, thanks to goals from Katie Brennan and Ruth Kent, and further significant scoring contributions by Rachel Kelly and Steffi Fitzgerald.&nbsp;</p> <p>It was all Ballycastle after the resumption however and two goals in 85 seconds from player of the match&nbsp;R&oacute;is&iacute;n&nbsp;McCormack galvanised them.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Antrim Minor placed Charley&nbsp;McCarry&nbsp;for another and then completed her hat-trick with a stunning strike but with just a score between the sides, Fitzgerald ended a strong run with the insurance point for the Kilkenny girls.&nbsp;</p> <p>St Angela&rsquo;s Waterford and St Mary&rsquo;s New Ross could not be separated at the end of a rip-roaring hour of play in the&nbsp;O&rsquo;Neills&nbsp;All-Ireland Post Primary Schools&rsquo; All-Ireland Junior A Final in&nbsp;Carriganore.&nbsp;</p> <p>St Mary&rsquo;s led by a goal with time running out but a fantastic dipping goal from a free by Aoife Fitzgerald that brought to mind Paul Flynn&rsquo;s famous effort for Waterford against Cork in the 2004 Munster Hurling Final, secured a 1-9 to 3-3 draw for the home side.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fitzgerald was the key contributor for St Angela&rsquo;s in their Semi-Final defeat of Cross &amp; Passion with seven points but the&nbsp;Gaill&nbsp;T&iacute;r&nbsp;teenager, who came to national prominence with a freestyle hurling video in 2015, bettered that contribution by providing all her side&rsquo;s tally.&nbsp;</p> <p>Katie Murphy put New Ross on the front foot with goals in the eighth and 22nd&nbsp;minutes and they led by 2-1 to 0-4 at half-time. Fitzgerald gradually chipped away at the deficit and shot five points to bring the sides level with six minutes remaining.&nbsp;</p> <p>When Faye Codd goaled, it looked like the definitive score but Fitzgerald showed that her box of tricks were not just for freestyling with that late stunning strike to secure a replay for her side, which will take place at the same venue on Thursday.&nbsp;</p> <p>Presentation Wexford and&nbsp;Castlecomer&nbsp;Community School will return to&nbsp;Tinryland, also on Thursday, as the Junior B decider ended in a draw too. Pres led by 3-5 to 0-4 at the change of ends but it was all&nbsp;Castlecomer&nbsp;in the second half and they pegged their opponents back to finish level, 2-10 to 3-7.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the Junior C Final, St Mary&rsquo;s&nbsp;Midleton&nbsp;beat St&nbsp;Cuan&rsquo;s&nbsp;Ballinasloe by 3-17 to 2-9, while in the Junior D decider, the honours went the way of&nbsp;Col&aacute;iste&nbsp;Phobail&nbsp;Roscrea, who got the better of Clarin College Athenry by 7-7 to 1-3.&nbsp;</p>


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