TESCO ALL-IRELAND MINOR “B” SHIELD CAMOGIE FINAL
Kevin Egan at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park
Roscommon were crowned All-Ireland minor camogie champions this afternoon at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford thanks to first half goals from the St. Dominic’s duo Ciara Kilcommins and Anna Campbell either side of the water break, scores that gave the Rossie girls the leeway to withstand a third quarter surge from Meath.
David Bolger’s side quickly settled into the contest, with Kilcommins proving to be a powerful presence at full forward right from the start, while Niamh Fitzgerald also added an excellent score for Roscommon. Meath dropped centre back Sarah Gilhooly back into a deeper position to try and deal with the threat posed by Kilcommins, and that led to a slow in the rate of scoring, and a tight game at 0-3 to 0-2 with the water break looming.
A powerful run and close range finish from the full forward put space between the sides, and that was pushed out to seven points shortly after the break when Anna Campbell collected a pass on the 20 metre line and spotting the Meath goalkeeper out of position, whipped a shot inside the far post for a second goal.
Two frees before half time from Clodagh Colhoun of Meath made it 2-4 to 0-4 and the Royal County kept up the pressure after half time, getting a vital breakthrough when Robyn Dunne gathered possession in heavy traffic and then snapped a shot past Ellen Cafferkey.
Roscommon’s response was outstanding however, with Fitzgerald, Kilcommins and Campbell all picking off points to ensure a comfortable last few moments for the side, with Meath never really threatening the second goal they badly needed.