AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi Final
St Lachtains Gaa grounds was the scene this afternoon for the all-ireland intermediate camogie semi final. Cahir faced the might of Tullaroan ( Kilkenny) who had disposed of Myshall of Carlow in the Leinster Final. Both the county final and Leinster finals went to extra time for the Kilkenny champions and cahir were facing a high level of fitness today in Freshford.Shortly after the throw in Cahir found themselves on the back-foot with 2 early points from Tullaroan and it wasn't until the 10th minute that Roisin Howard opened the scoring with a point from play and another inspirational point from long distance from Aisling Moloney drew the sides level. Moloney added another in the 20th minute before a good run through the centre by captain Aisling McCarthy yielded a free which Howard converted. Late points by Ella Moore from centre field and Tullaroan captain Aisling Pollard brought the teams all square at the interval. Cahir had played with a very strong breeze in the first half and there were fears amongst the large Cahir support that the game was gone from them. To be fair to the girls, the wind was probably a hindrance to the cahir ladies as many balls went over the end line unchallenged as forwards were not guarding the endlines and reading the breeze like they should. There was a sense that Cahir had not played to anywhere near the levels they reached before the Christmas break but maybe the layoff had relaxed them too much.The second half started with a long ball driven in from The Tullaroan centre back Aine Fahey which someway found its way to the back of Cahir's net. Tullaroan now led 1-04 to 0-04 and with a strong wind there was fear in the stands. A quick reply was needed and that came from point from play from Howard who may have thought about carrying the ball further to try for goal but there was no panic yet. That point in the second minute was followed by a free in the 3rd minute converted again by Howard who was involved with others to set Lauren Fitzpatrick up for a goal in the 4th minute of the second half. We had now seen 2-2 scored in the first few minutes of the second period to leave Cahir 1-06 to 1-04 ahead. We then settled into a dog fight and it was a case of who's nerves would hold out as the Cahir girls chased every ball with the backs clearing wide and midfielders carrying through the centre; it was a nail biting finish. Aoife O'Donnell was introduced in the second half and added strength to the attack. Sinead Kennedy also got busier in the second half but the backs withstood enormous pressure to hold out for a well deserved 3 point win. Tullaroan were aided on the line by ex Kilkenny hurler who was using all the tricks to help his home side, but the Cahir girls outsmarted them today. The final is fixed for Croke Park on Sunday 6th March and hopefully this trip to Dublin will be more rewarding than our trip to Parnell Park and we can take home the all Ireland cup. Cahir have come from Junior B in 2012 up through the ranks to an all Ireland Intermediate final in 3 years. If more forwards can get on the scoreboard they will be hard to beat and need not fear anyone.
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