2023 Club Championships – Semi Finals

Semi Finals stage in the Windows & Rooflights Ltd Senior Camogie Championship, the Duanes Hardware Intermediate Championship, the C2 Security Junior A Championship, the Junior B and Junior C Championships.

Semi Finals Round Up

Oranmore Maree and Sarsfields will meet again in the Windows and Rooflights LTD Senior A County Final after they overcame Athenry and Mullagh in their respective Semi Finals. Meanwhile, extra time was required in both of the Senior B Semi Finals with Clarinbridge and St Thomas both prevailing in extra time. After the heartache of the last two years, Shamrocks are in the Duanes Hardware Intermediate final where they will face Mountbellew Moylough. In the C2 Security Junior A Championship final it will be a repeat of last year’s semi final when Liam Mellows will take on Kiltormer.

Oranmore Maree booked their place back in the Senior A Final on Sunday after a strong second half performance against Athenry. Athenry were the stronger side in the opening half. Olwen Rabbitte opened Athenry’s accounts with a point inside the opening minute. Roisín Black followed up with a well take score from play. U16 vice captain, Kerri O’Driscoll and Noreen Coen hit two points in quick succession for Athenry to give them the lead. Ailish O’Reilly replied with one from play for Oranmore Maree but Eimear Keane and Dervla Higgins hit back with points of their own for Athenry to give them a three point lead. Eimear O’Donovan replied with a point for Oranmore Maree. Athenry hit hard with points from Rabbitte and O’Driscoll and a goal from Coen. The goal didn’t affect Oranmore Maree however as they responded with a goal through Clodagh Power, straight from the restart. O’Driscoll got her third point of the day on the 22nd minute. Therese Maher was brought down in the square on the 28th minute and Athenry were awarded a penalty which Sabina Rabbitte stuck into the back of the Oranmore Maree net. Sabina Rabbitte followed up with a free two minutes later but it was Oranmore who had the final say of the half with O’Reilly slotting over two frees to leave it Athenry 2-9 Oranmore Maree 1-5.

It was Oranmore Maree who came out of the blocks the strongest scoring 2-9 without reply. Niamh Hanniffy opened the scoring with a goal in the first minute of the half. O’Reilly pointed three frees for Oranmore Maree while Eimear O’Donovan found the net on the 40th minute when a long range free bounced in the square and into the back of the net to give them the lead for the first time in the game. Athenry were reduced to fourteen players after Niamh Donnellan was shown a second yellow card on the 42nd minute. Ailish O Reilly with three points, two from frees, Rachael Hanniffy, Aisling Finn and O’Donovan all followed up with points for Oranmore Maree. O’Driscoll did manage to manifest a goal at the end of the game for Athenry but it wasn’t enough as Oranmore Maree ran out 3-14 to 3-9 winners on the day.

Photo credit: Sandra O’Donovan

Sarsfields are back in the county final after a convincing victory over Mullagh on Sunday in Killimor. Rachel Monaghan, Mulllagh’s only scorer throughout the contest, opened the scoring on the 1st minute with a free. Shannon Corcoran opened their accounts on the 3 rd minute with a point from play. Monaghan slotted over another free on 4th minute but Sarsfields began to kick into gear scoring 1-5 without reply. Points from Orlaith McGrath (2), Cora Kenny, Caoimhe Kelly and Siobhán McGrath while on the 12th minute McGrath was brought down in the square and awarded a penalty which she scored to give them a 1-6 to 0-2 lead. Monaghan registered another free for Mullagh on the 16th minute. Orlaith McGrath from play and Monaghan through a free swapped scores while Corcoran followed up with 1-1 in quick succession to extend Sarsfields lead. Monaghan tried to weather the storm slotting over another free but Kelly registered Sarsfields third major on the day on the 29th minute to leave them nine points ahead. Monaghan and Siobhán McGrath exchanged frees before half time break as Sarsfields went on 3-9 to 0-6 in front.

Monaghan through a free and Siobhán McGrath from play swapped scores in the opening ten minutes of the second half. Mullagh were awarded a penalty on the 40th minute and Monaghan made no mistake in blasting it into the back of the net. Sarsfields had the goal cancelled out within three minutes through two Orlaith McGrath points and another from Clodagh McGrath. Monaghan and Siobhán McGrath swapped frees again on 44th and 47th minutes. Monaghan added her 9th free of the day to her tally on the 49th minute but it was the reigning county and All Ireland Champions Sarsfields who had the final say on the game with points through Corcoran and substitute Aoibhe Deeley as Sarsfields ran out 3-16 to 1-9 winners on the day.

Photo credit: Joe Keane

Extra time was required to separate Clarinbridge and Castlegar on Saturday morning. Carrie Dolan opened the scoring with two frees on the 9th and 11th minutes of the first half. Chloe Broderick opened Castlegar’s account on the midway point of the half while Dolan responded a minute later with one from play to keep Clarinbridge in front. But Castlegar seemed to spark into form with seven unanswered points through four Broderick frees and three Caoimhe Callaghan points to leave them 0-8 to 0-3 in front heading into the half time break.

Castlegar extended their lead at the beginning of the second half with points from Maria Flaherty and Broderick. Clarinbridge never gave up however as Dolan hit back with four frees and a point from play to leave two between the sides with 15 minutes remaining on the clock. Broderick and Dolan swapped frees on the 48th and 50th minutes while on the 55th minute Flaherty broke through for a goal to give Castlegar a five-point cushion. Dolan hit two frees to reduce the deficit to three. Broderick hit another free but it was Clarinbridge who had the final say with a goal from Niamh Niland and a free from Dolan to bring the game to extra time.

The first period of extra time sealed the deal for Clarinbridge as they held Castlegar scoreless, and they slotted over three points through Siobhán Carr (0-1) and Niland (0-2). Broderick did score a free for her side on the 13th minute, but it wasn’t enough to see them over the line as Clarinbridge ran out 1-15 to 0-13 winners on the day.

Photo credit: Alan Leonard

Like the first Senior B Semi Final, extra time was also required to separate St Thomas and Salthill Knocknacarra. It was St Thomas who started the brightest with points from Siobhán Mullins, Aoife Brennan and Lorraine Coen. Laura Kelly and Aine Keane swapped scores on the 9th and 11th minutes while Sorcha McGinley dispossed Fiona Burke and blasted the ball to the back of St Thomas’ net to bring the sides level by the 12th minute. Keane through a free and Abbie Massey with a point from play brought St Thomas back into the lead but Salthill Knocknacarra hit back hard with two Kelly points and another goal from McGinley to leave them in the driving seat. Massey and Aoife Kelly swapped scores while Keane pointed another free at the end of the half to leave it Salthill Knocknacarra 2-4 St Thomas 0-8 heading into the half time break.

Both sides went score for score in the first 13 minutes of the second half with Kelly scoring three points, two from frees and Keane scoring three frees for her side to still leave two between the sides. Then on the 51st minute Orla Mullins broke through the Salthill Knocknacarra defence and blasted the ball into the back of the net to put St Thomas in front with 9 minutes of normal time remaining. Kelly replied with a free for her side but Keane through a free and an Orla Mullins point meant that there was two between the sides. Kelly stepped up in injury time however to point two frees and to bring the game to extra time.

It was St Thomas’ experience who got them over the line in extra time. Points from Caoimhe Barrett, Sandra Tannian, Massey and five Keane points, three from frees were key to the success in extra time. Laura Kelly added three frees to her tally and Aoife Kelly scored a fantastic point from play but it wasn’t enough as St Thomas ran out 1-21 to 2-14 winners on the day.

Photo credit: Alan Leonard

Mountbellew Moylough had to strike late to overcome St Colmans in their Duanes Hardware Intermediate Semi Final. Two Rachel Burke points and a Katie Flaherty point put St Colmans three points to the good after the first 3 minutes. Catherine Finnerty and Caoimhe S Fahey swapped scores on the 11th and 15th minutes. Scores were hard to come by as there was no score for 12 minutes but Katie Mannion ended the scoring drought on the 27th minute with a free for Mountbellew Moylough. Finnerty and Katie Mannion followed up with two more points for Mountbellew Moylough. A Fahey free and a point from Burke made it look like St Colmans were going to go into the break in front but Hayleigh Somers hit the back of the net before the break for Mountbellew Moylough to leave it 1-4 to 0-6 in favour of Mountbellew Moylough at half time.

Fahy struck two frees on the restart to give St Colmans the lead. Karen Somers found the net for Mountbellew Moylough’s second goal of the day but Flaherty followed up 30 seconds later with a goal for St Colmans to ensure they maintained their lead. Flaherty followed up with a point from play, while Leah Murphy and Fahey swapped scores on the 44th and 45th minutes to leave two between the sides with 15 minutes remaining. Murphy was starting to spark for Mountbellew Moylough as she pointed two more frees from play. Fahey hit back with a free but Murphy followed up with two more scores, one from a free. Fahey through a free and three Burke points between the 55th and 57th minutes and it looked like St Colmans had done enough. However a goal from Finnerty and two Murphy points between the 58th and 60th minutes helped in sealing the deal for Mountbellew Moylough. Fahey hit back with a free near the end but it wasn’t enough as Mountbellew Moylough ran out 3-11 to 1-15 winners on the day.

Photo credit: Alan Leonard

Shamrocks overcame Ahascragh Caltra in the second Intermediate semi final on Sunday. It was Ahascragh Caltra who started the brightest with an Emma Reaney point. Katie Donohue opened Shamrocks account with three frees. Aoibhe Glynn through a free and Laoise Kirwan with a point from play brought the sides level by the 29th minute. But a Leah O’Halloran point and another Donohue free meant that Shamrocks went in 0-5 to 0-3 in front heading into the half time break.

A Donohue hatrick was key to Shamrocks success. Donohue got her first straight from the restart to give them the perfect start. Ahascragh Caltra captain, Molly Mulryan followed up with a point two minutes later but Donohue hit the net for Shamrocks for the second time in three minutes to leave Shamrocks a seven point lead. Caoimhe Ní Ceallaigh and Glynn from frees cancelled out the second goal for Shamrocks but by the 48th minute, Donohue got her hattrick to restore Shamrocks seven point lead. Glynn added a point from play to Ahascragh Caltra’s tally but it was Shamrocks who finished the strongest with points from Katie Gilchrist (2), Emily Lawless, Caroline Lawless and Sarah Devine as they finished 3-10 to 0-8 winners on the day.

Photo credit: Joe Keane. More match photos available here

Semi Final Fixtures




Mullagh v Sarsfields
8 Sep, 1:45
Venue: Killimor
Ref: David Earls
FT: Sarsfields 3-16 Mullagh 1-9

Athenry v Oranmore Maree
8 Oct, 4pm
Venue: Clarinbridge pitch (*Note change of venue)
Ref: Kevin Egan
FT: Athenry 3-9 Oranmore Maree 3-14


Carnmore v Craughwell
Date: tbc
Venue: tbc
Ref: tbc


Clarinbridge v Castlegar
7 Oct, 11am
Venue: Carnmore pitch
Ref: tbc
FT: Clarinbridge 1-15 Castlegar 1-12

Salthill Knocknacarra v St Thomas
7 Oct, 3pm
Venue: Clarinbridge pitch
Ref: tbc
FT: Salthill Knocknacarra 2-14 St Thomas 1-21



Mountbellew Moylough v St Colmans
7 Oct, 1:30pm
Venue: Carnmore pitch
Ref: Sean Byrne
FT: Mountbellew Moylough 3-11 St Colmans 1-15

Ahascragh Caltra v Shamrocks
8 Oct, 12pm
Venue: Killimor pitch
Ref: Pakie Muldoon
FT: Shamrocks 3-10 Ahascragh Caltra 0-8



Kiltormer v Sarsfields
7 Oct, 5pm
Venue: Ballymacward Pitch
Ref: tbc
FT: Kiltormer 1-13 Sarsfields 0-10

Kilconieron v Liam Mellows
8 Oct, 2pm
Venue: Annaghdown Pitch
Ref: Enda Loughnane
FT: Liam Mellows 1-17 Kilconieron 2-10

Photo credit: Don Soules Photography: More match photos available here.



Skehana Menlough v Carnmore(2)
7 Oct, 2:30pm
Venue: Ballymacward pitch
Ref: tbc
FT: Skehana Menlough 1-12 Carnmore(2) 2-11

Craughwell v Toureen
14 Oct, 12:30pm
Venue: Clarinbridge pitch
Ref: tbc
FT: Craughwell 0-2 Toureen 1-10



Ardrahan v Moycullen
14 Oct, 10:30am
Venue: Tynagh
Ref: Alan Dwyer
FT: Ardrahan 5-4 Moycullen 2-9

Kilconieron(2) v Castlebar Mitchels
15 Oct, 2pm
Venue: Kilconieron
Ref: Damien Mitchell
FT: Kilconieron(2) 1-5 Castlebar Mitchels 1-15



Sylane v Westport
15 Oct, 2pm
Venue: Annaghdown
Ref: Enda Loughnane
FT: Sylane 3-12 Westport 6-2

Shamrocks v Davitts
15 Oct, 11:30am
Venue: Killimor pitch
Ref: David Cunningham
FT: Shamrocks 3-6 Davitts 1-9



Ahascragh Caltra v St Colmans
15 Oct, 10am
Venue: Killimor pitch
Ref: tbc
FT: Ahascragh Caltra 0-1 St Colmans 3-11

Craughwell v Sarsfields
14 Oct, 4:30pm
Venue: Carnmore pitch (tbc)
Ref: tbc
FT: Craughwell 2-7 Sarsfields 3-7

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