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30/05/2018 LORETO REACH FINAL AFTER VICTORY OVER ST CATHERINE’S COLLEGE, ARMAGH

Loreto’s Year 10 camogs have reached the final of their competition after beating St Catherine’s College Armagh in Magherafelt on a scoreline of 4.5 to 3.7.  If one were to try to analyse the game based on this report, one might be forgiven for thinking that there was a strong breeze blowing from one end to the other based on the half time and full time score (HT Loreto 4.4- 0.1 St Catherine’s).  However, this was not the case.  Rather, the two teams had exceptional halves of camogie on either side of the halftime whistle.  Loreto was the superior team in the first half and St Catherine’s in the second half.  Ultimately, if it wasn’t for the player of the game Eimear’s last gasp point, the game could have ended very differently for Loreto. 

First Half
After conceding the first score, the Loreto girls didn’t look back.  They pushed forward at every opportunity, creating chance after chance.  Isobel, Megan and Erin all were supplied with excellent ball from the backs and midfield.  Half forwards Mary, Eimear and Cara controlled the flow of the game, making it very difficult for the opposing team to clear the ball and launch any form of attack.  Goals from Niamh, Isobel and two from Mary left Loreto going in at half time with a comfortable lead.
Loreto 4.4 – 0.1 St Catherine’s, Armagh

Second Half
The second half was a replica of the first, except with roles reversed.  St Catherine’s pressurised Loreto from the throw in.  Half backs Lucy, Brona, Grace and substitute Ciara all hassled and harried fantastically well to make sure all shots were taken under pressure.  Cara and Niamh had to drop back and help support the defenders for the majority of the half.  Full backs Caitlin, Emma and Erin all weathered the storm as best they could.  If it were not for their combined resilient attitude, combined with the alertness of goalkeeper Clodagh, Loreto would not have won.  When St Catherine’s eventually clawed their way back and levelled the score with two goals in the last few minutes, the game appeared to be heading for extra time.  This turned out not to be the case, as Eimear battled her way to win possession and strike over a wonderful point from the 45 line. 
Final score: Loreto 4.5- 3.7 St Catherine’s, Armagh

Loreto now play St Pius’ High School, Magherafelt in the final.

Scorers:
Mary 2.0, Isobel 1.1, Eimear 0.4, Niamh 1.0