20 May 2022

Injury time heartbreak as defeat to Clare sends Limerick into camogie league relegation tie

Injury time heartbreak as defeat to Clare sends Limerick into camogie league relegation tie

Michelle Curtin breaks past the Clare cover in the TUS Gaelic Grounds. PIC: Keith Wiseman

INJURY-TIME defeat for Limerick in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League this Saturday.

In the TUS Gaelic Grounds it finished Limerick 0-11 Clare 1-10.

The Banner scored the final five points to inflict a third straight defeat on John Lillis' Limerick.

This game concludes the group phase and now Limerick must play a relegation play-off against Offaly, Down or Dubin on April 9/10.

Limerick were 0-11 to 1-5 ahead entering the final quarter but didnt score again as Clare found the final five points to lead.

The sides were level in the 58th minute but Clare had two injury time points to seal the win.

Limerick had the aid of the strong first half breeze and brought a 0-9 to 1-2 lead into the interval.

The sides were level twice in the opening 10-minutes and then came a four of run successive Limerick points for a 0-7 to 1-1 lead.

Rebecce Delee and Caoimhe Lyons had early Limerick points from play but then Clare went ahead when Aine O'Loughlin fired to the net. Regan Conway's shot looked to be going wide but O'Loughlin fetched and blasted to the net for a 1-1 to 0-3 lead.

Clare weren't to score again for 22-minutes and that goal was to be their only score from play in the opening half.

Limerick's response to the goal was impressive.

Costelloe scored three-in-a-row - the first from play - to edge Limerick back in front, 0-6 to 1-1.

Delee's second score was a fine individual effort and the home side were now three points to the good.

A Lorna McNamara free ended the Clare barren spell but Limerick again responded well with a Costelloe double.

That sent Limerick to the dressing room four points to the good.

Lorna McNamara frees cut the lead on the change of ends and it was soon 0-9 to 1-5.

Aisling Scanlon soon brought Limerick into double digits.

When Costelloe added another free, Limerick were three points clear again and 10-minutes to play.

Clare had their first point from play in the 54th minute - Zi Yan Spillane with the score to bring the scoreboard to 0-11 to 1-6.

Ciara Grogan added another within a minute and then a Chloe Morey free levelled the tie for a third time with two minutes to play.

Clare were to extend their scoring run to five unanswered points with Eimear Kelly getting on the scoresheet to seal a two point win.

SCORERS: Limerick: Caoimhe Costelloe 0-7 (5frees), Rebecca Delee 0-2, Caoimhe Lyons and Aisling Scanlon 0-1 each. Clare: Lorna McNamara 0-5 (5frees), Aine O'Loughlin 1-0, Chloe Morey 0-2 (2frees), Zi Yan Spillane, Ciaran Grogan and Eimear Kelly 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Leah O’Carroll (Patrickswell); Stephanie Woulfe (Templeglantine), Marian Quaid (Bruff), Teresa Dore (Charleville); Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Mairead Ryan (Bruff), Aoife Nelligan (Monaleen); Sophie O'Callaghan (Adare), Orlaith Kelleher (Croagh-Kilfinny); Michelle Curtin (Templeglantine), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Aisling Scanlon (Killeedy); Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), Sarah O’Brien (Templeglantine), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare). Subs: Leah Riordan (Granagh-Ballingarry) for Michelle Curtin (44mins), Ellie Woulfe (Newcastle West) for Teresa Dore (46mins), Ella Hession (Monaleen) for Aisling Scanlon (49mins), Ciara O'Riordan (Blackrock-Effin) for Aoife Nelligan (58mins).

CLARE: Doireann Murphy (Clarecastle); Ciara Grogan (Clooney-Quin), Clare Hehir (Inagh-Kilnamona), Caoimhe Kelly (Kilkishen); Alannah Ryan (Kilkishen), Chloe Morey (Sixmilebridge), Aoife Keane (Inagh-Kilnamona); Regan Conway (Feakle-Killanena), Caoimhe Carmody (Kilmaley); Shauna Canny (Feakle-Killanena), Eimear Kelly (Traugh-Clonlara), Zi Yan Spillane (Feakle-Killanena); Lorna McNamara (Feakle-Killanena), Aine O’Loughlin (Traugh-Clonlara), Robyn Conway (Feakle-Killanena). Subs: Niamh Mulqueen (Broadford) for Robyn Conway (45mins), Susan Daly (Scariff-Oggonelloe) for Regan Conway (46mins), Lynda Daly (Scariff-Oggonelloe) for Shauna Canny (55mins).

REFEREE: John Dermody (Westmeath).

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