O’Donovan Rossa beat Drom & Inch to capture All-Ireland crown

From Setantasports.com

Jane Adams capped a superb week for Antrim camogie as her 2-09 haul inspired O’Donovan Rossa to All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie glory.

O’Donovan Rossa became the first Ulster outfit to capture the Bill Carroll trophy in the 44-year history of the competition as they recorded a 2-15 to 1-12 victory against Tipperary and Munster champions Drom & Inch.

A huge crowd witnessed a splendid game played on a fine pitch at Donaghmore in Asbourne and Adams was the undoubted star turn as two first half goals helped to establish a 2-07 to 0-08 interval lead for O’Donovan Rossa.

Adams collected Antrim’s first camogie All Star award last week before this historic club final and she found the net twice in the final ten minutes of the first half to set 2006 runners-up O’Donovan Rossa on their way to a famous win.

With 20 minutes on the watch, Adams collected a fine ball from Seanín Daykin to open up a 1-04 to 0-04 advantage and after Joanne Ryan responded with a point for Drom & Inch, Adams struck a second goal in the 25th minute.

Drom & Inch hit back with a free from their top scorer Therese Shortt, but the lethal Adams hit three frees before the end of the first half to open up a five-point interval lead.

O’Donovan Rossa opened the second half with points from Maorisa McGourty and Gráinne Connolly to put more daylight between the sides, before Shortt opened Drom’s second half account with a free.

Three minutes from the end, Mary Looby scored a consolation goal with a fine hand-passed effort to the net, but it proved too little too late for Drom & Inch as O’Donovan Rossa secured a six-point win.

Meanwhile, another large crowd was present in Nenagh as Laois outfit Harps secured a third successive All-Ireland Junior Club success with a 1-11 to 3-02 victory against Clare side Kilmaley.

Harps won an entertaining match by three points after outscoring their opponents 0-04 to 0-01 in the second half. Four goals were scored in the opening half as the sides were level at 3-01 to 1-07 at the break.

Harps had four points on the board before Kilmaley opened their account with 16 minutes on the watch.

Kilmaley’s Maria Hehir and Harps star Áine Mahony traded goals before the Clare kingpins shocked their opponents with a quick-fire brace from Claire McMahon just before half-time.

With two minutes remaining in the first half, McMahon’s free deceived the Harps defenders and ended up in the net before the same player struck again from play to hand Kilmaley a one-point lead.

Player-of-the-match Louise Mahony converted a 45 to tie the scores at half-time and as Kilmaley shot five second half wides, Harps made better use of the chances that came their way to seal the three-in-a-row. 

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