Match Report Ballinteer Saint Johns vs Skerries Harps Ozo Senior B Camogie Championship 2012
A nice sunny evening devoid of rainfall proved a fitting backdrop for the Dublin Senior B camogie clash between Ballinteer Saint Johns and Skerries Harps in Marlay Park on Tuesday evening. The match appeared to open up brightly for the hosts when Niamh Leahy’s shot, within seconds of the throw in, seemed to go over the bar; after some initial confusion between the umpires and referee the match got back underway with both sides yet to score. Skerries opened up the proceedings well with two unanswered points, coming from full forward Clodagh Bolger and a classy finish from a tight angle by half forward Orlaith Durkan. Ballinteer got onto the scoreboard with a point coming from Niamh McKennedy after an assist from half forward Jane Tully. The home side then levelled things up when midfielder Fiona Hayes knocked over a 45’ although some good team work upon the restart between Hayes and Leahy failed to bear fruit when McKennedy’s shot went wide. Ballinteer’s momentum faltered somewhat following a reversal of fortunes that saw a Hayes free repelled by Skerries defender Yvonne Hannon; Hannon laid the ball off to half forward Orlaith Durkan whose breaking run earned her side a free which she duly converted. Durkan’s score signalled a spell of Skerries dominance that stretched the lead to 4 points. Despite a wide by corner forward Tara O’Flaherty, and a good clearance of another O’Flaherty effort by Ballinteer goalkeeper Roisin Nash, Harps scored three points in a row through the stick of centre forward Jean Murphy; Murphy, the standout player in the match, scored a 45’ and a free, in addition to a quality solo run down the pitch that ended with the sliotar sailing over the bar. Ballinteer would manage to score once more before the half ended with corner forward Brenda Sorohan making a good run before knocking over a point from the right of the Skerries goal.
Half Time: Ballinteer Saint Johns 0-3 Skerries Harps 0-6
Ballinteer had some work to do to get back into the match and started off the second half in more convincing fashion with Brenda Sorohan winning a 45’. The 45’ was put wide but amends were made when midfielder Siobhan McIntyre hit over a point to reduce the arrears to 2 points. A converted Skerries free from Murphy again stretched the gap with Skerries dominating more in the middle third. The sides would go on to trade points before the first key moment of the match would benefit the visitors. Murphy was again the protagonist when her sublime solo run ended with a speculative shot landing in the back of the Johns net. At 0-5 vs 1-8 Ballinteer were now facing an uphill struggle to stay in the game but the response was impressive with the Marlay Park side going through a purple patch with Fiona Hayes and Sorohan excelling. Sorohan’s tally of 2-1 during this period, combined with a point apiece from McKennedy and Hayes, completely changed the complexion of the tie. With the match almost up it appeared that a home victory was on the cards as Ballinteer were a goal ahead. Harps however had other ideas and quickly began a dogged fight back which culminated in a pointed free from half forward Orlaith Durkan and a crucial goal resulting from a desperate scramble in the Johns box.
Final Score: Ballinteer Saint Johns 2-8 vs Skerries Harps 2-9
Ballinteer Saint Johns Team
Skerries Harps Team