All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie Final – St. Anne’s, Dunhill (Waterford) v Lavey (Derry)

St. Anne’s, Dunhill (Waterford) drew with Lavey (Derry) after extra time in the All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie Final on Sunday in Donaghmore Ashbourne, Co. Meath on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-11.

Match Report

St Anne’s Dunhill and Lavey must meet again to determine the destination of the All Ireland junior club title. After extra-time in a pulsating final in Donaghmore Ashbourne the scoreboard remained deadlocked 1-11 apiece. An announcement will be made today regarding the replay.

St Anne’s did all the running with the wind in the first half and courtesy of a kicked goal from Jenny Simpson led 1-6 to 0-2 at the changeover. It was Lavey’s turn in the second 30 minutes with captain Mary O’Kane netting for the Derry champions. It was nip and tuck with St Anne’s top scorer Karen Kelly shooting the equaliser on full time.

After the first period of extra time, wind assisted St Anne’s moved 1-11 to 1-8 ahead, but three points from Lavey coming down the home straight ensured the teams will have to do it all over again.

Lavey (Derry) 1-11 (M O’Kane 1-3, A McPeake 0-5 (3f), P McCloy, C Cushnahan, D McShane 0-1 each);

St.Anne’s, Dunhill (Waterford) 1-11 (K Kelly 0-6 (3f), J Simpson 1-2, N Rockett 0-3).

Match Preview

It is back to Ashbourne for these teams after the Meath grounds were unplayable last Sunday. Whoever produces the winning performance here will be a new name on the Phil McBride Cup. Neither Lavey nor St Anne’s have tasted All Ireland success. Both teams, however, will feel they have earned the right to the title.

Lavey will be hoping to put the disappointment of last year behind them when they lost to eventual champions The Harps in the semi-final, and captain Siobhan Convery admitted the pain of that defeat drove them on in their comprehensive victory over Four Roads of Roscommon at the penultimate stage a few week ago.

St Anne’s took their own big scalp in The Harps. Last Sunday trainer Michael Kearney was faced with a dilemma as he was involved with the Ballygunner hurling squad, so he will be glad of the reprieve. St Anne’s top attacker Karen Kelly was also a valued member of the Desie team that lost out in the All Ireland junior final to Offaly.

This will be a close fought encounter, which could go down to the wire.

Verdict: St Anne’s