Bad Start for Clare In Under 16 Camogie Championship

All-Ireland under 16 Camogie Championship – Sunday, 7th July 2019

Dublin 3-18 Clare 1-6 (Parnells GAA, Coolock)

Clare shipped a heavy defeat to hosts Dublin in their opening game of the All Ireland U16A Championship. The opening half saw the sides evenly matched, however the second half saw the home side up the ante and run out comfortable winners.
The opening quarter saw Dublin deploy a sweeper to thwart Clare in their drive forward.


At the other end the young Dublin side had the opening score of the game when Ellie Kane pointed from play. The Dubs had further points from Lucy Quinn and Aisling Gannon had to settle for a white flag, as Laura Ryan stood firm in the face of the onrushing Gannon and blocked the point blank shot deflecting the ball over the bar.

Clare got their opening score when Emma Considine converted a free, which also saw Anabelle Timothy pick up the first of five yellow cards issued by referee Eamon Cassidy throughout the game. Dublin responded with a trio of points, Kanes effort bookended by white flags from Quinn.

Clare goalie Ryan sent her puckout forward which was gathered by Lally, who in turn passed to Meave Brady. With Jennifer Daly alongside her, Brady laid off a short handpass and Daly ran through to finish to the net. From the puckout, Dublin moved play to the other end and Emma Diamond forced her way through the Clare defence to finish to the net.

Emma Considine added a brace of frees while Ellie Kane added a point from play to leave the half time score Clare 1-3 Dublin 1-7.

Dublin upped the tempo in the second half adding 1-3 in the opening ten minutes, while Clare had a converted free from Emma Considine. Clare battled all over the field, but found scores hard to come by.

Emma Considine kept the Clare scoreboard ticking over with frees but it was the dubs who added another green flag to their tally, running out comfortable winners 1-6 to 3-18. Clare travel to Wexford next Sunday for their second game in the Championship.

Clare: Laura Ryan (Broadford); Hannah Minogue (Bodyke), Niamh Melody (Kilkishen), Cliodhna Ryan (Clooney/Quin); Danielle Griffin (Inagh/Kilnamona), Tierna Hegarty (Inagh/Kilnamona), Ciara O’Dell (Clarecastle); Kate Walsh (Scariff/Ogonnelloe), Meave Brady (Killanena); Caoimhe Lally (Newmarket-on-Fergus), Leana Spazzi, Emma Considine (Clooney/Quin 0-6); Jennifer Daly (Scariff/Ogonnelloe 1-0), Aideen Hickey (Whitegate), Muireann Daffy (Inagh/Kilnamona).

Subs: Caitriona Aspel (Whitegate) for Daffy, Amy Shannon (Inagh/Kilnamona) for Hegarty, Aoife Kelly (Scariff/Ogonnelloe) for Spazzi, Caoimhe Longe (Inagh/Kilnamona) for Lally, Niamh McGee (Clooney/Quin) for Hickey.

Referee: Eamon Cassidy (Derry)