REPORT/PHOTOS: Clanmaurice Through To All-Ireland Final

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Risteárd Ó Fuaráin on the Kerry club’s win in the semifinal on Sunday…

Clanmaurice 0-11

St Brenda’s 0-3

Rachel McCarthy and Áine O’Connor of Clanmaurice in action.

Following Kerry’s All-Ireland victory in September, Clanmaurice will be hoping to repeat the feat as they face Raharney of Westmeath in the All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie Final on Sunday, 24 November.

Clanmaurice overcame the challenge of St. Brenda’s, Ballymacnab of Armagh in their semi-final clash at St. Rynagh’s GAA Club, Offaly yesterday while their final opponents defeated St. Dominic’s of Roscommon.

On a cold day for camogie, Clanmaurice played against the wind in the first half and had gone into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the 10 minute mark.

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However, the sides were level at 3 points each 8 minutes later. Clanmaurice were back in the lead in the 20th minute and they stretched that lead to two points at the 25th minute and that left the halftime score, Clanmaurice 0-5 St. Brenda’s, Ballymacnab 0-3.

Patrice Diggin converted 4 frees and scored 1 from play in the first half. Clanmaurice had trailed at halftime in the Munster Final against St. Joseph’s, Doora-Barefield of Clare but had put in a massive second half performance and yesterday proved to be no different.

Olivia Dineen in action.

By the 38th minute Clanmaurice had gone into a 0-8 to 0-3 lead and this had stretched to 0-10 to 0-3 at the 45 minute mark.

There was no way back for St. Brenda’s, Ballymacnab and Clanmaurice booked their final berth on a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-3.

St. Brenda’s had battled all the way but Clanmaurice had too many aces in their pack and the experienced garnered from previous club and intercounty campaigns propelled them to victory.

They will now prepare for a final meeting with Raharney and all in Kerry Camogie wish both Team and Management the very best of luck.

Patrice Diggin, Pete Young and Michelle Costello celebrate the win.

Kerry Team and Scorers: Aoife Fitzgerald, Elaine Ryall, Liz Houlihan, Michelle Costello, Niamh Leen, Sara Murphy, Áine O’Connor, Patrice Diggin (0-8, 0-6f), Laura Collins, Rachel McCarthy, Jackie Horgan (0-3), Olivia Dineen, Jessica Fitzell, Julianne O’Keeffe, Alanna Maunsell.

Substitutions: Clodagh Walsh for Alanna Maunsell, Saidhbhe Horgan for Jessica Fitzell, Tréise Moran for Laura Collins, Emma Lawlor for Julianne O’Keeffe, Eilish Harrington for Áine O’Connor

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