Limerick’s first season back at senior camogie came to a disappointing end with a 4-16 to 0-12 loss to Galway in Athenry on Saturday.
The game may have been a dead rubber as far as qualification for the knock-out stages was concerned but in front of their home fans the Tribeswomen put on a display that showed their intent and ability to win back the O’Duffy Cup.
Limerick started well and got on the scoreboard in the second minute with a point from Niamh Mulcahy after a well-worked move. However Limerick struggled to cope with the running of the Galway forwards and midfield players, with Niamh Kilkenny excellent throughout.
When a 6th minute Fionola Keeley goal was followed just before the quarter hour mark by a brace from Ailish O’Reilly and Aoife Donohue Limerick trailed by 3-5 to 0-3 and were left with a mountain to climb.
Limerick rallied before and after the break and were closing the gap with Caoimhe Costelloe and Rebecca Delee sharing the scoring with Niamh Mulcahy. However a fourth Galway goal 10 minutes in killed the game as a contest. Limerick showed great character and never
stopped fighting but the gap was too great.
Limerick can be pleased with their performances in the championship in their first year back at the top grade. To qualify out of this very tough group Limerick needed to win against Offaly and one of the “big three” who between them accounted for the last 11 All-Ireland
titles. That they achieved the first part of that equation and came close to both Cork and Wexford all in their first season back at the grade augurs well for the future of Limerick Camogie.
SCORERS - Limerick: Niamh Mulcahy 0-9 (seven frees), Caoimhe Costelloe 0-2, Rebecca Delee 0-1
LIMERICK: Síle Moynihan (Ahane); Sinéad McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), Lorraine McCarthy (Bruff), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane); Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West), Sarah Carey (Granagh-Ballingarry), Fiona Hickey (Granagh-Ballingarry); Marguerite McCarthy (Ahane), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare); Aoife Sheehan (Granagh-Ballingarry), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane); Aisling Scanlon (Killeedy), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), Noreen Barry (Killeedy). Subs: Rebecca Noonan (Granagh-Ballingarry) for Sinéad McNamara, Mary O’Callaghan (Bruff) for Noreen Barry, Sinéad Madden (Mungret St. Pauls)= for Marguerite McCarthy