2023 Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor Championship
Minor A: Round 4
Galway v Tipperary
Date: 2 Apr, 2pm
Venue: The Ragg. Bouladuff, Co. Tipperary E41 DE72
Referee: Andy Larkin
FT: Galway 2-04 Tipperary 0-14
VIDEO: Galway v Tipperary
By Sarah Gaughran Galway Camogie PRO
The Galway Minor Camogie team recorded their first defeat in the Electric Ireland Minor A Championship when they lost out to Tipperary on Sunday in the Ragg. Tipperary. Galway will be disappointed with their dip in performance after having a fantastic start to the championship.
Tipperary, a team who hunted in packs throughout the game and put a lot of pressure on Galway all over the pitch throughout the game. Danielle Ryan opened the scoring in the opening minute for Tipperary with a well taken score from play. Clodagh O’Meara was fouled a minute later and Aoibheann Barry, from 55 meters out made no mistake in sticking the ball over the bar to bring the sides level. Galway almost got in for a goal on the 3rd minute but the Tipperary defence stood strong to deny Galway. Celine Guinan brought Tipperary back in front with a frees on the 6 th and 8 th minutes. Hazel Brennan took on the Galway defence on the 10th minute and she laid off a lovely ball to Danielle Ryan and Ryan made no mistake in sticking the ball over the bar to give Tipperary a three point lead. Ryan got her third score on the 12th minute with another point from play. Then Galway got a much-needed score on the 13 th minute. A long ball in by Barry found Caoimhe Kelly. Kelly then took on the defence and laid off the ball to Helena Tarpey. While Tarpey got hooked on her first attempt, she made no mistake the second time around when she pulled on the ball into the back of the Tipperary net to reduce their deficit to one. Sophie Flynn teamed up with Alannah Fahy on the midway point of the half and Fahy slotted the ball over the bar to bring the sides level for the second time in the game. Guinan through a free, Kate Ferncombe from play and Kate Raplh got three unanswered points for Tipperary by the 25th minute to bring their lead back to three. Barry stopped Tipperary’s scoring spree on the 26th minute when she struck over her second score of the day. Emer Dawn almost got in for a goal before the half time break, but it was defended by Siofra Kelly, Ava Crowe and Caoimhe Hickey. Ryan however was on the out ball and settled for a point for Tipperary to give them a 0-9 to 1-3 lead heading into the half time break.
Galway needed a big second half in order to try and grind out a result in the Ragg. But Galway didn’t succeed at this as they only scored a goal and a point throughout the whole half. Guinan added to her tally with a free for Tipperary in the opening minute of the half. Galway Got their first score in 13 minutes through a Barry free on the 39 th minute. Lucy Purcell created a second goal opportunity for Tipperary, but it was well defended by Hickey in the Galway net on the 43rd minute. Purcell did get her name on the score sheet on the 46th minute with a point from play. Substitute Aoife Mellerick, Hazel Brennan and substitute Ali O’Kelly added points to Tipperary’s tally between the 56th minute and the end of the game to extend their lead. Barry did drop a free into the Tipperary square on the 61 st minute, Siobhán Carr did get a flick on the ball in the air, but the Tipperary defence stood strong to deny Galway the opportunity. However, Galway did have the last score of the game. A nice ball in from Katie Burke found Caoimhe Kelly, Kelly side stepped Aoife Bourke and blasted the ball into the back of the Tipperary net but it was too little, too late for Galway.
Galway will learn a lot from their defeat. Like the Kilkenny game, Galway lacked on getting scores from play. This is something they will need to improve on as they progress into the later stages of the championship. After four weeks of games in a row, the team have a break this weekend before they take on Cork in their final group game on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of April. Caoimhe Hickey, Siofra Kelly, Ava Crowe and Aoibheann Barry tried hard while Shauna Heffernan, Kate Ralph, Celine Guinan and Danielle Ryan were some of the top performers for Tipperary.
Galway: C Hickey, S Kelly, A Crowe, E Doyle, L Nic Dhonnacha, C McGrath, Z Rodgers, K Madden, A Fahy (0-1), A Barry (0-3F), H Tarpey (1-0), C O’Meara, C Kelly (1-0), A Massey, S Flynn
Substitutes: S Carr for Tarpey (HT), K Burke for O’Meara (38 mins), A Collins for Doyle (38 mins), C Glynn for Madden (40mins)
Tipperary: M O’Dwyer, A Bourke, A Fitzgerald, P Quirke, S Heffernan, S Corcoran, N Franks, K Ferncombe (0-1), K Raplh (0-1), D Ryan, C Guinan (0-4F) , H Brennan (0-1) , E Dawn, D Ryan (0-4), L Purcell (0-1)
Substitutes: A O’Kelly (0-1) for Dawn (44 mins), A Mellerick (0-1) for Franks (48 mins), Áine Finn for Purcell (58 mins), A Murphy for Brennan (60 mins)