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Sacred Heart impress in narrow victory

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kevin@tullamoretribune.ie

On Monday, 8th of October, the Tullamore Sacred Heart School girls took on Mountrath in Dr. Kelly’s pitch, Tullamore in a competitive game of camogie. Both teams displayed a very high standard despite the blustery weather.

A well taken point from Louise Savage from distance gave Sacred Heart the opening score. However, Mountrath, aided by a strong breeze, took control of the game early on and went seven points clear after 20 minutes. A goal from Ciara Murray before half time kept Sacred Heart within touching distance. They went in at half time nine points down but knowing they would have the wind at their backs in the second half.

They came out fighting and through some good link play, scored the opening point of the second half. The backs fended off the advances of the perseverant Mountrath forwards, holding them to only scoring four points in the second half.

Louise Savage and Lorna Jameson were the engine room of SHS, keeping the ball down to the forward line. Maria Guinan linked well and worked tirelessly throughout to keep the pressure on Mountrath’s backline.

Becky Bryant played a stormer, scoring 2-5, including the crucial final point. Ciara Coughlan, Rachel Fogarty and Aoibheann Walsh put a tremendous effort and gave the Mountrath backline a tough job to do.

Katie Hanlon and Eabha Flanagan were very solid in the spine of defence, linking well to fend off attacks. Niamh Walsh, Hannah Drea, Kellie Kinahan and Aideen Harte were all key players in the game and defended very well.

Abbie Harte came on and made a crucial save from a penalty in the dying minutes. Emma Pike was also outstanding in goals. The girls move onto their next round this week against Castlecomer in good form and hoping to continue their winning ways.

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