The first half proved exciting with Broaford’s Aoife Dillon taking the first point a minute in to the match but this was soon answered with a goal for Clarecastle/Ballyea. From then on some intense action was seen at both ends of the field and at all points in between as the teams tried to make the most of their possession.
By the 22nd minute Clarecastle/Ballyea had racked up a healthy score of three goals and three points but with the help of some excellent field work by the likes of Niamh Mulqueen and Aoife Vaughan gaining the ball and driving it down to their forwards, Aoife Dillon was able to keep the deficit down with two more points from play and three from frees sent surely over the bar with great accuracy. Then a goal for Aoife Dillon who drove the ball to the back of the net from 10 or more metres out, sending the Clarecastle/Ballyea goalie to the ground in her valiant attempt to make a save, helped to lift Broadford’s spirits.
It was not long before the ball was back deep in Clarecastle/Ballyea box where Emer O’Shea and Ciara Noonan fought hard to keep the ball in play despite the efforts of a very strong defence and came so close to creating at least one additional goal for Broadford. In the last few minutes of the first half though, Clarecastle/Ballyea took a point from a free and another from play to end the half 1-06 to 3-05.
If the first half belonged to Broadford in their show of steely determination ensuring they kept themselves in the running with a good flow of scores against a team they knew from the outset would provide the toughest opposition, the second half belonged to Clarecastle/Ballyea.
Eleven minutes in the game and they had routed Broadford’s chances with a run of two goals and two points to create a 13 point deficit; despite Broadford continuing to work hard with every opportunity afforded them. A brief interruption in the Clarecastle/Ballyea rampage gave Broaford another point and a superb goal from Emer O’Shea. The rest bite was brief though and despite a number of goal challenges foiled by Broadford’s goalie Moya Marsh McMahon and the rest of the hardworking defence, Clarecastle/Ballyea secured a further two goals and two points from play to make their victory complete. Final score 3-07 to 7-09.
The sound around the field during the match was peppered with odd whiz-bang of a few Halloween fireworks but this was nothing compared to the explosion of energy and colour of a fine and exciting camogie match in which both teams worked so hard to dominate. Bad luck to the Broadford ladies and congratulations to Clarecastle/Ballyea.