Brian Dillons are Minor B county champions following a well deserved victory over Carrigaline this afternoon. It was no more than we deserved because we produced a tremendous team performance which Carrigaline couldn't cope with. We were dominant in all areas of the field and we were determined that we were not leaving Castle Road without the cup. We have tasted defeat too often at camogie headquarters and we learned from this, and it was evident right from the throw in that we wanted it more today. We played against the wind in the first half and within a minute Siofra was unlucky she didn't score a goal. Caoimhe put over a free after two minutes to get us off the mark. At the other end Shauna Walsh made a great save to deny Carrigaline a certain goal. The ball was driven up the field and Siofra scored a rocket of a goal. Caoimhe put over another free before Carrigaline had a good spell in which they scored three points from play. Caoimhe put over another free, before she blasted another free to the back of the net from the 40 metre line. We were putting in a tremendous effort in all aspects of our play, hooking, blocking, hunting in packs. Our forwards were running riot with their first touch exceptionally good and using our tremendous pace to drag Carrigaline defenders all over the place. We were making Carrigaline foul us and we were capitalising on this. Caoimhe scored another point from a free and soon after, she blasted a penalty over the bar. Carrigaline were struggling at this point. They scored a point from a free before Lauren and Sinead scored a point each from play. HT score was 2-6 to 0-4. We knew we had the aid of the wind in the second half and our girls were warned to keep their concentration and to maintain our high work rate, and Linda demanded that we give it our all, in order to lift the trophy. Carrigaline started well in the second half and scored a goal from a penalty. Sinead scored a beautiful point almost immediately to take away Carrigaline's momentum. Within the space of five minutes, Caoimhe scored two goals from play after some tremendous passing movements. Shauna Walsh made a further two great saves which inspired us. Carrigaline got two points from play, before Caoimhe sealed the match late on with another goal. Final score: 5-7 to 2-5. A thoroughly deserved victory. Dillons are county champions and no one can say we didn't deserve it. Shauna on goal was simply outstanding today. Our full back line of the two Niamhs and Deirdre were solid. Niamh O'Leary in particular was awesome. Is there a better full back in Cork, .............I wonder. Our half backs of Alison, Emma and Essie were excellent. Alison did a great man-marking job, Essie cleaned up a lot of ball and captain Emma, having been moved into midfield, ran the show. Our midfield of Ruth and Shauna were brilliant, both covered fierce ground. Our half forwards of Lauren, Sinead and Stephanie were amazing. All three are in great form at present, and Carrigaline's half back line were run ragged. Lauren used her pace to great extent and caused havoc. Our full forward line of Rachel, Caoimhe and Siofra were deadly dangerous. Caoimhe was clinical in front of goal today, scoring 4-4. Surely a player of the match performance. Kayleigh and Emma came on as subs and worked very hard. Lucy, Caroline and Eabha didn't get a run today but played a very important part in this squad right throughout the season. The team travelled in convoy back to the Tank, under garda escort. Captain Emma said she was "very proud of how her team played. I asked them to give it their all and they responded." Coach Linda said "our distribution, speed and off the ball running was superb today. I wanted the perfect performance and the team produced. " Chairperson Mary said " It's been 22 years since we last won this trophy and I knew there was a championship in this team. It's a great day for Brian Dillons Camogie Club" Celebrations are continuing at the Tank.
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