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Under 11 Roinn E Camogie Final - Littleton 3 - 2 Clonoulty 2 - 11

posted 30 May 2017, 10:16 by Michelle Donnelly   [ updated 3 Jun 2017, 14:45 ]
U-11 Roinn E Camogie Final - Littleton 3 - 2 Clonoulty 2 - 11
By Christy Clancy


Littleton N.S. and Clonoulty N.S. met in the Roinn E U-11 camogie final in Semple Stadium last Friday, 26th May. Conditions were perfect for the match and the game developed into a tremendous battle between two determined teams. Clonoulty settled quicker and raced into an early lead. Heroic defending from Aimee Slattery and Rachel Ralph, as well as from goalkeeper, Aoife Shelly, kept Littleton in touch and a well taken goal by Ciara Shelly, settled Littleton and they came into the game more. Rachel Ralph's puckouts were causing the Clonoulty defence all sorts of problems and Littleton began to grow in confidence. Although they trailed by 7 points at half time, Littleton knew this game was far from over. 
In the second half, the Shelly twins, Ciara and Caitlin, thundered into the game at midfield and suddenly it was Clonoulty's turn to feel the pressure. Rebecca O'Donoghue, Sophie Delaney and substitute Tara O'Brien gave everything they had for the team and Littleton began to pile on the pressure. Ciara and Caitlin Shelly scored two goals and a point between them and Rachel Ralph added a point from a free. Clonoulty's lead was now down to four points and the game was in the melting pot.  
Substitutes Ella Lee and Paige Thackaberry were now in the game for Littleton, as both teams made changes to try and gain the upper hand. Aimee Slattery, now operating in the forwards, went very close to scoring a vital goal after a great run but it was saved and cleared. 
Clonoulty's danger player, Aoife Bourke, really stood up now for her team and she scored some fantastic points from out the field to eventually break the Littleton challenge. The Littleton girls played their hearts out to the end but time ran out on them and victory was not to be. There was no shame in this defeat however, as the girls played with heart and pride to the end and did themselves and their school proud with a heart warming performance. Well done girls!

Team: Aoife Shelly, Aimee Slattery, Rachel Ralph (captain), Caitlin Shelly, Ciara Shelly, Rebecca O'Donoghue, Sophie Delaney.
Subs used: Tara O'Brien, Ella Lee, Paige Thackaberry.
Also on panel: Kelsey Conway, Chloe Delaney and Saoirse Gooney.

Match 23 U 11 E Camogie Clonoulty 2-11 Littleton 3-02

By Cumann na mBunscol

Littleton N.S. U-11 Roinn E Camogie Team: 1. Aoife Shelly, 2. Aimee Slattery, 3. Rachel Ralph, 4. Ciara Shelly, 5. Caitlin Shelly, 6. Sophie Delaney, 7. Tara O'Brien, 8. Rebecca O'Donoghue, 9. Paige Thackaberry, 10. Kelsey Conway, 11. Ella Lee, 12. Chloe Delaney, Principal: Christy Clancy, Coaches: Christy Clancy, Noreen Delaney & Shane Dempsey.

Clonoulty N.S. Under 11 Roinn E Camogie Team: 10. Sophie Maher, 2. Lyla Murphy, 3. Clodagh Ryan, 6. Aoife Bourke, 4. Andrea Quirke, 5. Rebecca Riordan, 7. Emma Ely. Principal: Tommy O'Brien. Coach: Cora Hennessy. 

This U11 E camogie decider was keenly contested from start to finish. Littleton were back in a county final for the first time in years and brought a ferocious work-rate and desire on the day. On this occasion however, they came up against a very hungry Clonoulty side who were just a little more clinical on the day. Ciara Shelly produced a performance that Littleton supporters are unlikely to forget in a hurry and her final tally of 3-02 was all the more impressive having amassed it against such a resolute Clonoulty defence. Former Tipperary camogie player Cora Hennessey had obviously put in the work on the training field with the Clonoulty girls and after entering the interval 7 points in front, it provided them with enough of a cushion to see the game out in the face of some serious pressure being exerted by a super Littleton side. ‘Player of the Match’ Aoife Bourke’s second half scores were instrumental in securing the title for a superb Clonoulty side.

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