Galway star Orla Kilkenny Reports on the Fr Meagher Cup Semi Finals
De La Salle GAA Grounds played host to the Fr. Meagher Cup semi finals on Saturday. The first semi final saw Mary Immaculate College, Limerick paired against Carlow IT. Mary I opened the scoring and by the twelfth minute had raced into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead. Rosemary Rea scored the Limerick side’s goal while the points came from the sticks of Naomi Carroll (2), Niamh Mulcahy and Alice Fogarty. Carlow’s sole reply came from an Ellen Kelly pointed free. In fact, Kelly was Carlow’s only scorer in the opening half, slotting four pointed frees in total. Niamh Mulcahy got the final score of the half in the 25th minute when she finished the ball to the Carlow net. This left Mary I six points to the good at half time; Mary I 2-4, Carlow IT 0-4.
Wind assisted in the second half, Mary I completely took over and outscored Carlow 1-6 to no score over the thirty minutes. As early as three minutes into the second half the result was put beyond doubt when Naomi Carroll goaled for Mary I. She added three further points to her name. Mary I’s other scorers in the second half were Gemma Grace, Alice Fogarty and Aiveen O’Shea. Mary I booked their place in Sundays final on a final score line of Mary I 3-10, Carlow IT 0-4
Mary I: Naomi Carroll 1-5, Niamh Mulcahy 1-1, Rosemary Rea 1-0, Alice Fogarty 0-2, Gemma Grace 0-1, Aiveen O’ Shea 0-1
Carlow IT: Ellen Kelly 0-4
The second semi final was an all Dublin affair with Trinity College taking on St. Pats. St. Pats started this game in impressive fashion and had 1-4 registered before Trinity got their first point in the 22nd minute of the half. St. Pats were playing against a very strong wind in the opening half and got a dream start when Aisling Carolan finished a long delivery to the back of the Trinity net in the fifth minute. She followed this with a pointed free four minutes later. Aoife Lyng then got St. Pats first point from play following good work from Orlaith Walsh. Aisling Carolan completed St. Pats first half scoring with two pointed frees in the 17th and 21st minute. Sarah Cotter finally got Trinity on the score board when she pointed a free in the 22nd minute. This was followed immediately by an excellent Jade Carey point to leave the half time score St. Pats 1-4, Trinity 0-2.
St. Pats reinforced their dominance at the start of the second half. Four minutes in, a long Roisin Doyle free deceived Trinity’s goalkeeper, Emma Gillen, and ended up in the net. St. Pats added four more points over the remainder of the half. These came courtesy of Aisling Carolan and Julie Ann Murphy points from open play and two Roisin Doyle pointed frees. Trinity managed to score 1-1 at the end of the half. Hannah Larmon finished an excellent team move to the back of the net, while Maire Ni Mhuineachain pointed from a free. These proved to be only consolation scores as St. Pats held out for victory on a final score line of St. Pats 2-8 Trinity College 1-3.
St. Pats: Aisling Carolan 1-4, Roisin Doyle 1-2, Aoife Lyng 0-1, Julie Ann Murphy 0-1
Trinity: Hannah Larmon 1-0, Sarah Cotter 0-1, Jade Carey 0-1, Maire Ni Mhuineachain 0-1
Fr Meagher Final:
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick V St. Pats College, Dublin